Avoid the noise. One of the main reasons there is noise in large families -- or any family, for that matter -- is disagreements. When children are playing happily, noise is minimal. When arguments arise, quickly help the children come to an agreement. This may not always be easy, and there may be times when you need to separate them. Sometimes a distraction works, such as introducing a new game or activity. Letting them know there are household chores to do if they cannot get along always seems to work.
Get up early. The absolute sure way to get quiet time on a regular basis is to be the first one up. Getting up an hour earlier guarantees that time set aside for you. Getting eight hours sleep is a good thing, but not always necessary. Since children need more sleep than that, this is an ideal way to obtain more quiet time. WebMD says most adults need seven to eight hours a night, but some people may need a few as five hours. You may be tired the first couple of days, but your body will get used to it -- and a cup of coffee in the morning helps.
Use the television as a short-term solution. The kids are going to watch television unless you forbid it. Set aside a specific time of day that they will watch one movie or television program. You can look forward to that time each day as your quiet time.
Send the kids outside to play for a short time, or with a family member. It is a treat when all the kids are out of the house and you are left with just the walls and absolute quiet.
Plan to take the kids to visit Grandma or another close relative. Provide lunch and some toys to play with. While they’re there, go somewhere just for you. Plan a pedicure, manicure or even a professional massage. You can also keep it low cost by just relaxing in the car alone with music. Just the thought that the children cannot access you for that short amount of time is relaxing; knowing that they are safe in your loved one's care is even more so.