How to be an Organized Mom:
10 Habits You Need to KnowGetting organized may be the last thing on your mind, especially when you have a toddler running around. All those unpredictable tantrums most definitely distract you from following that checklist you promised yourself you would. #yeahright
But, any mom can be their own version of Mona Champagne (minus the dark side of course). The tips below would guide you on how to be an organized mom.
1. Get Yourself Ready First
The best-kept secret of an organized mom?
Set an alarm and start the morning by prepping yourself first. Just like the airplane rule -- put your mask on first before helping others. Take a shower, eat something substantial, and have a cup of coffee to feel energized for the rest of the day.
For extra points (and calming benefits) try to squeeze in a little yoga, meditation, or short exercise routine while the kids are still asleep.
2. Have A Specific Routine
Having a specific routine every day means you don’t have to think twice about it - it’s already a habit. Although everyday has different challenges, try to do the same things at the same time each day. This will not only help you but the kids as well.
Where to even start? Get out your cute notebook (with flowers) and create a list of everything you need (and want) to do each day or each week.
1. Meditate in the same place at the same time every day
2. Make lunches for the kids at the same time each night.
3. Review your to-do list every morning after your shower.
After several practices, these routines will turn into habits in no time. Now create your own version!
3. Sunday Meal Prep
Rather than thinking about what to eat every morning, try to do this every weekend. For instance, use at least 20-30 minutes of your time every Sunday searching for healthy recipes to try next week.
Spend another 30-40 minutes prepping a few things that will last you throughout the week - such as oven cookies veggies like cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers. While the veggies are cooking, make a bunch of oatmeal and store in the fridge for a quick microwave heat up the day of.
Also make some rice or quinoa, for something easy to throw into a salad or as a side dish during the week. Get your kids involved! Ask them if they have any meals in mind, or if they want to play “chef” or “mommy’s assistant” while grocery shopping.
4. Organized Mom Mantra: Get 5 Things Done Before 11 AM
Rather than scrambling in the evening, get everything done in the morning. Laundry, groceries, making dinner, school applications, etc. Although mornings are busy, consider anything else that can be done ahead of time so when 6pm hits, the last thing you’ll think about are the dishes.
After dinner, let your kids take charge and feel like they are important - by doing the dishes themselves! Learn how to teach them here.
5. Five-Minute Cleanup Makeover
Using your notebook, schedule one area to clean per day.
This helps you avoid getting too overwhelmed and exhausted (reserve that energy girl!)
Make it a habit to decide “okay, five minute makeover time”. Remove unnecessary things in that one area and decide whether to organize, throw away, or put back in its place. Removing clutter instantly gives you more space to breath and not to mention, peace of mind.
Make it fun, twinkle your 5 fingers in the air and say “guess what time is it?!”
Have the kids yell “five minute makeover time!” and teach them to give you a high five once they are finished cleaning up. Go and check for “makeover inspections” and give them stickers based on their work. They will love it. And of course, so will you.
6. Use Simple Systems to Get Organized at Home
Avoid missed payments and reduce the time spent looking for the things you always use.
Purchase at least two of the same items you use often -- such as scissors, baby wipes, and pens -- and place these items in 2 places around the house. So that you don’t have to run upstairs to grab the pair scissors.
Create A Recipe Folder
Print & save the recipes you found online in a specific folder and sort them alphabetically or by category (breakfast, salads, veggies, entrees, dessert, snacks, etc.) This will be useful when meal prepping on Sundays.
Use Packing Cubes
Use clear packing cubes that come in different sizes and colors so you can practically use them for organizing almost anything. Use an extra small packing cube to sort your daughter’s hair ties, bows, hair bands, etc. Use another extra small cube to keep Bed Bath and Beyond coupons and organize them by expiration date. Also, use these clear cubes on the next family trip and split up the kids by color. Packing has never been so easy.
Want to learn more? Click here for our post on Packing Cubes Review 101: All You Need to Know.
7. Multi-Task & Talk To Yourself
Find tasks that you can do at the same time, without getting overwhelmed. Get your coffee brewing while putting a load of laundry in the washing machine. Shower the kids while tidying up the bathroom. Sweep the floor while waiting for your baked goodies.
Say to yourself “I’m going to get the laundry” as you leave the kitchen, so you don’t forget where you were headed when you arrive in the wrong room.
You know that moment when you get somewhere and say “what was I doing again?” Talking to yourself is not weird. It’s just a mom hack. It helps you stay focused! #youdoyou
8. Teach Your Kids To Organize
Aside from reducing the load you’re carrying, teaching organization to your kids makes them become competent little humans. The best part is -- it’s never too late or too early to start.
Ask your toddler to put their toys in a small packing cube after playing. Tell them to choose the color they want! Train your 1st grader to place their books in a medium packing cube. Teach your teen to put their unused winter clothes inside large packing cubes.
9. Schedule 'Me Time'
They say “all work and no play makes Mary a dull girl”. Spend time away from household chores and other “mommy” tasks.
Go out and have a 20 minute massage or simply chill out with your favorite wine while taking a long, warm bath. It’s not about being selfish, it’s about giving yourself the love you need for the next week.
Your kids need you and the last thing they want is a burned out mama!
10. Keep A Journal Beside Your Bed
Rather than relying on your memory, keep a pen and small notebook beside your pillow. This is old school advice but it works really well (especially amidst the techie era). Not sure about you, but my thoughts are running like crazy right before bed (do this, do that, remember to call her, etc.)
Write EVERYTHING down in the journal.
When you wake up, the same thing might happen. Add any last thoughts to the journal, than organize them, in order of priority. Don’t let those thoughts bounce around in your busy mind girlfriend.
Staying organized can feel impossible especially when the toddler is running around naked, your teenager is giving you a sassy attitude, and the twins are fighting over who posted a better Snapchat story.
Need help getting organized? Ask for help especially with your kids (they usually love feeling like they have responsibility!) and create simple systems.
Always remember: you got this.