Do you know a mom who always seems to have it all together? You know the kind…always dressed in a cute outfit, hair done, make-up on, house always picked-up and organized.
At first, you might feel a little bit resentful of this mom, or even secretly hate her, but in reality, she is just using a few secrets to staying organized that allows her life to run smoothly.
If you are feeling stressed out with young children at home, you may feel that it isn’t even possible to get your life organized, but rest assured, moms – it is possible to have an organized home and a life which runs smoothly – at least some of the time. Here are a few secrets to make that happen:
Secret Number 1
‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’ Determine the best place to store things and ensure they are put back when not in use. Doing this will help you know where to find something the next time you need it.
Purchase multiples of some items which are used in different rooms. For instance, if you use scissors in the kitchen and in the craft room, it would be a good idea to have two pairs of scissors. Teach your children early on where things should be kept and expect that they will put them there.
For more help with this, check out my How to Organize Your Home series.
Secret Number 2
Create routines to help your day run smoothly. A smooth-running morning begins by having a great routine and doing as much as you can the night before. Go through the children’s school bag to find out what needs to be signed, or write important dates on the calendar. Make lunches the night before and keep them in the refrigerator. Have your children bathe and choose their clothes. Place everything that needs to leave the house by the door so nothing is forgotten.
Make routines for other parts of the day as well. The more you can get your family used to doing without thinking about it, the better organized you can be.
Secret Number 3
Purge often. The more ‘stuff’ you have, the more disorganized you can appear even if you really aren’t. Children outgrow clothing and shoes so quickly. Unless you have children who will grow into clothes, get rid of what is outgrown. However, don’t throw everything away. You can sell clothing, toys and shoes at consignment stores, on the internet, at yard sales or you can donate them to charitable organizations.
Go through your own things as well. If you’re not using it and haven’t in quite a while, someone else might be able to use it.
Secret Number 4
Ask for help if you need it. There’s a saying that ‘No man is an island; entire of himself.’ This means you can’t do everything and you shouldn’t be expected to. Delegate tasks you don’t have the time to do or simply don’t want to do yourself.
Enlist your partner’s help in doing tasks they’re better at doing. Teach your children at an early age to help around the house. Give them chores to do and expect that they will get done. If everyone in the family pitches in (even young children can do something), Mom won’t have to do everything by herself.
Secret Number 5
Plan your meals ahead of time. Doing this one thing can save you money, time and headaches. By planning your meals for a week at a time you can make one shopping trip to get everything. You can also save money by matching what you need with coupons. You’ll save yourself headaches by not having to run to the store in the middle of the week to pick up something you don’t have.
Related: Free Menu Planning Printable
These five secrets of an organized mom will help you feel more organized and less frazzled. You may learn others by asking that mom who you think is organized and have everything together 😉