5 Great Organization Tips for the Average, Everyday Mom
If you’re a mom, you probably know that life comes at you fast. Sometimes, it may feel as if your life is spinning out of control between teacher conferences, doctor visits, work appointments and time with family. It’s this lack of organization that leaves many moms feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Thankfully, there are a few tips that you can use to turn yourself into an organized machine. You may come to find that there’s more time in your day than you know.
Get a Mommy Calendar
You may already have a calendar in your home that everyone shares. With all of the things that you have going on in your life it may be a good idea to get something like a mom planner. This can be a special calendar that is designed for your use only. You can right down important dates and appointments and make notes for the day.
Remember that choosing a planner is just part of the challenge. You still need to learn how to use it correctly. Try your best to keep all of your notes and dates in one planner. This prevents special events from getting overlooked because they were split up between two planners. To do this, you need to master the art of short hand. By writing short hand, you can make the most out of the small space that planners give you. This allows you to right down dates, notes and any other special information that you need to include for a specific date.
Put Wasted Time to Work
On an average day, people have a lot of wasted time that could be put to good use. If you find yourself in a car pool, on a train or waiting for an appointment, don’t let that time go to waste. According to Certified Professional Organizer Deborah Kinney, moms have to put their wasted time to good use.
Start by putting together a special tote that you can keep with you when you leave the house. This tote should include a number of things that you can do while waiting. These tasks could be as simple as scheduling appointments or paying bills. If you’re alone, you can even use this time to return phone calls. While it may not seem like much, doing these tasks during time that would have otherwise been wasted will free up your time later.
Cooking takes up a lot of time for the average mother. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can cut back on the time that you have to spend in the kitchen. One way is to turn one meal into two. The motto “cook once, serve twice” has never been more appropriate. When cooking, consider making a double batch so that you can freeze half of it. This gives you a meal by simply thawing leftovers rather than spending time at the stove.
Enlist the Aid of Family Members
Depending on how old your kids are, you may be able to enlist them to help you save time. This is done by delegating chores for every member of the house. Yes, this includes your husband no matter how much he protests. These chores don’t have to be difficult; they just need to save you time. For example, enlist the aid of your children in watering the plants, washing the dishes and helping out with the animals (if you have any). Husbands are perfectly capable of taking out the trash, vacuuming the house and helping prepare dinner. You may want to keep them away from the laundry, however.
Don’t Put Romance On the Back Burner
The first thing that often goes when a mother gets busy is the romance. However, romance helps build a stronger relationship and keeps passion alive. Start by marking a date night in your mommy planner. No matter what happens, make sure that you stick to this date night and spend some alone time with your significant other. This gives you some downtime away from work and the kids, and it helps rekindle old flames. This will help make your life less stressful and more enjoyable.
Being a mom can definitely get crazy, however, there are lots of helpful tips to help make it easier. The most important thing is that you learn how to write everything down. That way you never have to forget anything. You can always have your plans right there easy to access.
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