When it comes to overwhelming responsibility, all bets are off when you become a mom. Sure, some parents manage to keep their home at KonMari-levels-of-clean and are probably awesome at creating enviable bullet journals that keep their lives organized as hell. The rest of us struggle, though, and feel like we're drowning in our responsibilities on a daily basis. I say don’t stress, though. There are things you shouldn't even try to accomplish before your baby becomes a toddler, so cut yourself some slack, let yourself off the hook, and manage your expectations. After all, you deserve it.
Now, I'm not saying that having a toddler solves everything. Not even close. But by the time your kid is old enough to walk, communicate with a rather limited vocabulary, and follow simple commands, you can start teaching them about responsibility and, as a result, free yourself up for more "me time," work time, or whatever else tickles your fancy. For example, it's time they learn to put their toys away, or help with laundry, and even help dress themselves, so you can sit on the couch for all of five minutes and find a moment to relax.
Honestly, I could hand over a little more responsibility to my own kid. He definitely thrives whenever we do some cleaning regularly. Plus it helps me get things done and keep my home from falling apart. But when he was just a wee little baby? Yeah, it was all on me, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it could get exhausting. So if you’re a brand new mama trying to “do it all,” forget about the following and realize that it's totally cool to let some of this stuff go until your kid is a toddler: