How to Be an Organized Mom5 min read
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Some people are naturally organized, and others, not so much. Some may even argue that they function better in their own version of “organized chaos”. While many moms of littles claim that they are choosing a “greater good” in their lack of organization.
No matter who you are, organization is beneficial. As you become better at it, many other areas of life will come together. Here are the top 9 things that you can do to be an organized mom.
1. Plan Your Time
Take the time to plan out your days (or even better, your weeks, months, and years). Doing so will give you a plan to follow and save the time you would have spent trying to figure out what to do next. It also gives you the opportunity to make decisions with the bigger picture in mind and prevent lack of energy or willpower from influencing your decisions.
If you want to learn more about planning your time, check out: Why You Need to Plan for Every Day and How To
2. Have a Routine
Taking the time to create a routine for your days (and weeks) helps to make sure that you have time set aside for the essentials. As you work towards following your routine, you also build habits. Developing habits helps conserve willpower and gives you more self-discipline to use for things that come up throughout the day or to put forth towards those big goals that get you to where you want to be in life.
Try starting with creating a Morning Routine and build on that.
3. Meal Plan
If you have a desire to eat better, not waste food, or not be calling for take-out on a regular basis, then a meal plan is essential. Without one, you will spend way too much valuable time trying to conjure something up with what you have on hand or making multiple unnecessary trips to the grocery store (again, wasting time).
4. Have a Schedule for Chores
Take some time to think about what household tasks need to be completed on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Make time for them in your routine. It sounds simple, but so many people expect to just squeeze the chores in as needed. The next thing you know, two months have gone by since your bathroom was last cleaned and there is something in your toilet that appears to be growing an eye.
Also, be sure to set aside time for planning and administrative duties that come along with managing a household.
5. Make Sure Everything Has a Home
This is my big decluttering/organization secret. When everything has a home, it is easy to pick up and put things away. It is also easy to find them when you need something. You can take this a few steps further and make sure that things are accessible in order of how frequently they are used.
Don’t forget about commonly used items like your phone, purse, keys, etc. Get into the habit of keeping them in only 1-2 places so that you don’t have to ever think about trying to remember where you last placed them.
Check out 5 Steps to Keeping a Tidy Home for more ideas on this.
6. Eliminate Distractions
When you have a cluttered mind, it is difficult to keep anything else organized. Stop allowing distractions and interruptions to run your life. This includes distractions that you bring on yourself when you try to multitask. Learn to focus on one thing at a time, and you will become more productive (and organized) than ever. Try building time blocks into your day where you focus on a specific task for a certain length of time.
7. Remember to Rest
You may be thinking that rest has nothing to do with organization, but when you are tired, you struggle just a little more with everything you do. When you take the time to really pay attention to how your body functions tired vs. well rested, you will realize that you a lack of sleep or downtime can have a tremendous effect on how you function.
8. Involve Your Family
It is hard to keep things organized if you are always picking up after children or husbands that seem to be constantly working against you. Make sure that you and hubby are on the same team so that you are working together to achieve standards that you both agree on. Train your kids to put things away after they are done with them. If this is something that is going to take a lot of training, start by limiting the number of items available (this includes clothes, shoes, toys, etc.) and allow them to earn the trust to be responsible for more. You can also try keeping them close so that you are able to supervise more in the beginning.
9. Write it Down
Stop trying to keep track of everything in your head. Doing so clogs up your mind, prevents creativity, and limits your ability to be present and live in the moment. Our brains are also not very reliable – when we try to keep track of everything, we end up dropping the ball more often than if we follow a trusted system (i.e., paper and pen).
Take some time to pick out one or two of these and get to work. Once you are comfortable, add in another. Next thing you know, you’ll be that organized mom you’ve always dreamed of.
You can also grab this download for easy reference to all 9 steps.