So I’ll be the first to admit, since becoming a Mom my organization skills have suffered a bit. I use to be much more organized and could remember everything. But now, not so much. There’s so much more to think about when it comes to getting my kids ready, myself together, gathering up everything they need, their activities, etc…
The list goes on and on with everything us Mom’s have to think about and consider in a day. But implementing a few tricks can really save you some time, and your sanity. Here are a few tips and tricks I have been using lately that I have found really helpful in getting me back on track.
8 Tips For Moms To Stay Organized
Make time to plan. This may sound silly, but you really do have to set aside time to plan. Otherwise you won’t get to it. We’re juggling a million different things at any given time. Find a time that works for you to plan out meals, work on a to-do list, grocery list, or whatever else you need.
Meal Plan. This is where I fail most of the time. when I start getting unorganized it’s because I failed to plan things out. Like meal planning, it’s kind of tricky because sometimes I don’t feel like eating what’s on the schedule. But I will look at what’s coming up and switch them around. I create the plan as a weekly guide. There’s seven meals, and eat them the nights that sound good.
Planning just helps eliminate that standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what to make, and before you know it 30-45 minutes has passed and you still haven’t started on dinner.
Have a calendar and use it. This is so important to remembering everything you have going on. I use to use a planner/calendar religiously. Then I stopped and I kept forgetting things, or over-extending myself. There’s really no particular reason I stopped using it, other than I just didn’t make time to use it.
But just like the first tip you have to set aside time. You’ll thank yourself because you won’t have to spend as much time organizing your thoughts, activities, to-do lists in your head.
Keep up with laundry. I use to be the girl that had a laundry day. But no more. I always dreaded spending my entire Sunday doing laundry, folding it and putting it away. Now, I don’t find that I have enough to do a load every single day like most articles tell you to do. But I do a load about ever other day from start to finish. That means wash, dry, fold and put away.
Since starting this system I have saved so much time. I can spend more time playing and relaxing on the weekend rather than working through it the entire time.
Spend time every day cleaning something. This is probably where I struggle the most. But I have started setting aside about 20 minutes every day to clean something. Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms or whatever I set a timer and clean something during that time.
Occasionally the timer will go off and I’m still going because I start getting into to. But half the battle for me is just getting started. I started the timer system because it put a time limit on the cleaning in my head, making it seem less daunting.
Limit screen time. As much as I love to look through Instagram and watch people’s stories, it is a HUGE time sucker. You’ll check out just a couple of things and before you know it it’s been an hour and you haven’t gotten anything done. Yep, I’m totally guilty of this too.
So I have to catch myself and limit the time spent doing this. If it helps you decompress at night, or you just want to catch up with what everyone is doing, then set a timer. Once your timer goes off it’s time to get back to work, or go to bed or whatever you need to get back to.
Let Things Go. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. Let go of your need to be perfect all the time. In fact, let go of that entire idea of perfection. No one is perfect, and you don’t have to be either!
I need this list as much as the next Mom. We are all doing the best we can, but incorporating a few tips to help your sanity will help save you from that overwhelmed breakdown you feel coming on most weeks.
Remember to start small. There are a ton of lists out there with a 100 things to do be organized or have better time management skills. Trust me, I have looked at some of them and started getting overwhelmed.
Start with one or two of these tips until you have it down. Then incorporate another one, and then another one until you have a complete system that works for you and your family.
Staying sane and organized is a process. Just keep working towards your system and you will create a routine that works!
You got this Mama.