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When you’re a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) or a work-at-home-mom (WAHM), dressing up everyday starts to feel redundant and pointless. You might even try to justify being in your pajamas at 4 in the afternoon by saying to yourself, “Well, at least I’m cutting down on the amount of laundry I have to do.” I’ve been there. But I’m here to tell you, my friend, that getting dressed is one way to drastically improve your productivity.

It doesn’t matter if you are a full-time mom, or a part-time mom and a part-time employee. Staying home has its benefits. You get to see your little munchkin(s) everyday, you don’t miss out on any special firsts, and if you feel sick- well, you’re already home! But it can have its downsides, too. You can never leave your “place of work” behind. Some days you wonder why you even bother getting off the couch – it’s so much easier to just sit and relax when the kids are playing happily together or napping. I was the same way until recently. My husband would come home to find me, hair askew, ratty t-shirt and pajamas present, sitting on the couch reading while the baby slept. It was a good life, or so I thought, until I started to get B.O.R.E.D.

I realized that the dishes started to pile high, I never wanted to pick up clutter (what’s the point? It’s just going to get cluttered again tomorrow) and as a result of my ghastly appearance, I stopped answering the door to visitors or even stepping out to get the mail, lest my neighbors see and judge me. In short, I became a recluse hermit-woman. That’s when I decided that the madness had to stop! I began getting dressed (like I was going out to lunch) as soon as I woke up in the morning. And the weirdest thing happened… not only did I get dressed, I got productive! I started doing more housework, going out more, and most recently, I’ve even begun to work from home. I feel motivated, more awake (even if my huge pregnant belly and a 9-month-old who still doesn’t sleep through the night do their best to deprive me of precious shut-eye) and much more energized.

So, if you’re where I was, in pajamas at 4 PM, try this tomorrow: brush your teeth, pull a brush through your hair, apply some light makeup, and put on a pretty dress. I guarantee you, you won’t stop there!

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