7 Simple Ways to Become a More Organized Mom Today
Organized mom. Is it an oxymoron? It can seem like it some days, but with a few tips and tricks, you can tame the chaos. Banish it completely? Never! How fun would that be? But you can manage the busy.
1. Think Big.
Is your to-do list longer the line at the grocery store? Some days, you just don’t have time for all the nitty-gritty. Think big picture: what must I absolutely get done today? Feed the kids. Bring them to school. Do the laundry. Respond to this email. Ok. That’s enough. Triage! Sometimes it’s ok to just handle the big stuff.
2. Now Think Small.
If you look, you can find small pockets of time to do a task or two. Pop in a crockpot meal, and while it cooks, do a few dishes. Soccer practice - bring your device and knock out your emails. Catching up on Netflix? Do a few crunches or push ups during intros. Minutes add up!
3. Get On Board.
Create a family calendar. We use a whiteboard and color-code by activity (appointments, practices, work, and fun!). This way, you are not the only one who has to remember events.
4. Routine, Routine, Routine.
Set up morning and evening routines to tame these crazy times. For example, every night, it’s dinner, playtime, bath, book, and bed. The kids know what to expect.
There’s no reason you have to do it alone! Divide up chores; even toddlers can help out with simple tasks, and they’ll get used to pitching in.
6. Use the Right Tools.
Evernote, Note, SimpleNote, and Google Keep make it easier to keep track of all your to-dos and obligations. Find one that works for you - it may be paper and pen kept in your favorite OTG|247 bag, of course.
Clutter adds to the chaos. Cut down where possible. In the car, for example, add a large tote or basket to file your OTG|247 bags for the kids’ activities, snacks, and other must-haves. You won’t have to scramble looking for items when you’re already late!