How I Organized my Husband while I was Traveling

How to organize hubby when you're away - Ask Anna

It was a big undertaking to leave my husband to be Mr. Mom while I was in Cambodia for 2 weeks! Not only did he have an audit to run at his bank but he also had to run the household, keep our daughter alive and fed, keep my plants alive, and have the house somewhat in one piece when I got home!

He’s an amazing husband and daddy but he is also at work most of the day, 5 days a week, so I figured it was safe to assume that he didn’t know everything that needed to be done on a day-to-day basis around the house.  Malea is out of school for summer vacation so she had a lot of activities, including ballet rehearsals, a recital and more!

To take some of the pressure off Matt, I decided to create a few spreadsheets for him (he’s a banker so he loves spreadsheets).

The first spreadsheet I made was a list of Malea’s activity schedule, including dates and times that she needed to be place. It also included important phone numbers (like the babysitter!).

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

The next spreadsheet was of Malea’s daily routine, including all her mealtimes, nap times, etc.

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

The last spreadsheet I made him was a list of chores that needed to be done/maintained while I was gone. When I’m home he does help out with the chores but I wasn’t sure if he’d know everything that needed to be done, so I wrote it all out for him, including what days each thing needed to be  done.

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

These were easy for me to create in Excel and I knew it would take all the guesswork, and stress, out of it for Matt.  Having a printed out schedule made it so he didn’t have to try to remember everything. I knew if I just told him what needed to be done, then some things would have been forgotten since he had so much on his mind! I’m not going to lie, when I first put these up on the fridge he didn’t like all the lists but when I got home he said he was so thankful I had made them because it made his life so much easier while I was gone.

I also wanted them to have a lot of fun while I was gone so I made an envelope and filled it full of coupons, gift cards, spending money and other ideas for things they could do.

How to organize your husband when you're away - Ask Anna

How to organize your husband when you're away - Ask Anna

I put this on the fridge so it would be right where they could see it and plan their activities each day.

How to organize your husband when you're away - Ask Anna

When I got home there were only a few things left in the envelope, they had A LOT of fun while I was gone!

Here’s what it all looked like on the fridge, including an envelope for my husband to open on Father’s Day (since I was gone for Father’s Day) and a list of simple meals he could make, that I had bought ingredients for.

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

Schedules for your hubby, while you're away - Ask Anna

Another idea you could arrange for your husband, would be to coordinate days for your husband to drop the kids off at a friends house, to give him a little break. I know while I was gone my mother-in-law was awesome and took Malea to the water park a few days, which gave Matt a much needed break from being Mr. Mom. I also coordinated for my best friend to take Malea on Father’s Day so Matt could have the day to go running, or do whatever he wanted.

These are just a few ideas for how I organized my husband while I was traveling. Have you ever left your husband with the kids for a long (or short) period of time? How did you keep him organized, and keep the kids alive? :)


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"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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  1. My in-laws watched my 3 children (ages 4, 8, 10) for a week while my husband and I went house hunting (another military move). I also created a spread sheet of their daily schedules (it’s not easy to walk in and just pick up on the schedule for 3 kids in 3 different schools and different activities). I really like your envelope of fun activities idea – brilliant!

  2. Wow! This is seriously impressive. Great example of how organization can seem overwhelming at first but turns out to be very helpful. How cool!

  3. I can see that you had to be very organized in order to organize him. Maybe he can babysit more for you now :-)

  4. Love these tips….and I’m so happy for you that the trip went well and you are back safely!

    Happy day to you sweet friend and I can’t WAIT to see you at Haven!

  5. Sorry, but I disagree with the need for hand-holding. As women, we think everything needs to run on a schedule (unfortunately, this tends to be OUR schedule). The world is not going to end if something is done a little differently once in awhile. Dad’s don’t babysit, they are parenting. Unless there is a strict medication schedule to adhere to or activities that need to be attended at a certain time, dad should be able to figure it out on his own. And really, he should already be aware of those things anyway. Work is not an excuse. Women work full-time as well. So, I would not spend a ton of time preparing meals, schedules, etc for the time I was away. Women need to expect that men will participate and are capable of doing so!

    • Thank you for your comment, I understand your perspective but even as a full-time working mom, I still like to support my husband by making sure he has what he needs when I’m away. It’s a two-person job in our home, so when I’m away or when he is…we still need to make sure the other one has what they need.

  6. I love these tips since my daughter’s dad isn’t with her all-day like I am – this is a great way to help him adjust to her schedule! Definitely helps ensure they both have more fun!

  7. I so admire your dedication and organization! This is great! :)

    Gayle | Grace for Gayle