Motherhood is a tough, all-encompassing daily battle through laundry, lunch boxes, carpooling, and endless school papers. When your to-do list is long and your hours feel short, you need some routines and structure in your life to help you manage your time! Here’s precisely how to get organized when you’re a busy mom!
Becoming a “mom with a plan.” The first step in organizing moms: deciding where to start.
Saying you want to “get organized” is a kind of broad commitment. And it’s not realistic to tackle a lifelong organizational makeover all at once! So, where do you want to start? There are likely some areas in your life that are working well and others that might need a bit of polishing. Take a moment to consider:
Do you and your family use morning routines to facilitate the dismissal process? Do you depend on nighttime routines to prepare your family for the next day?
Do you feel aware of your schedule? Do you know where and when you have appointments and commitments?
Set your priorities
If you want to get organized with your time, you need to make sure that the things you spend your time on really lead you to achieve what you want most in life. And that means you have to set some goals!
But before you jump into goal setting, take some time to reflect on where you have been, what has worked for you, what were your recent accomplishments, and what makes you happy? The next step is to set some particular goals and make a plan to achieve each of them.
Once you’ve set your intentions, you’ll need to break down your long-term goals into actionable weekly steps and have a way to check yourself to make sure you’re on track.
Use a good family calendar
The fastest way to control your life is to write down your appointments and commitments on a family calendar. Ideally, one that you can share with your significant other and even your kids (when they’re ready).
Create a family command center
The whole idea behind having a family command center is that there is a single place where everything you need will go: your essential papers, your calendar, your to-do list, your shopping list, your incoming mail, and all that paper that the kids bring home from school. It can serve as the family communication hub and keeps everyone in sync!
Create familiar routines and habits
Routines familiar to you and your children that outline the steps of what to do and the order to do it in, to get through a particular part of the day make our lives that much easier.
Embrace menu planning
Menu planning is genuinely one of the best tools you can use in your quest to organize your life! When you know what you plan to serve for dinner each night for the next week, you can make sure you buy what you need during your weekly trip to the grocery store. A menu plan lets you know if you need to get something out of the freezer ahead of time to defrost, and lets others in your home stay organized and help out too.
How to get organized in your home
Do you know the old saying “a place for everything and everything in its place”? There is a reason that expression still exists. When we are surrounded by clutter and “too much stuff,” it becomes much more challenging to find whatever we are looking for. We end up buying duplicates (or more!) Of things we already have because we can’t find them. It drains our wallets, and it also drains our sanity!