The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming an Organized Mom
Even an organized mom’s life can feel as if her life is managing her rather than she is managing her life. Every mother’s to-do list spills over from day to day as we try our best to do it all.
We have to nurse our babies, take the dog out, cook meals, prepare a million snacks each day, entertain little minds, keep the house clean, tackle the never-ending laundry mountain, run kiddos to and from activities, love our husbands well, read, attend social events, plan play dates and some even have a full-time job!
That doesn’t even mention time for ourselves. You may be thinking ‘Exactly, I don’t have time for myself. By the time I finish everything I have to do for the day, I am exhausted and it is late at night.’ You may be feeling like this is what motherhood has to be.
Once I started organizing my life, my stress levels went down and I became a better wife and mom. My motto, everything one step at a time, has changed my life as a stay at home mom and has revolutionized the way that I conquer tasks day to day. If I can do it, so can you!
I am excited to share how I went from a new wife struggling to get it all done to a new mom feeling in charge of her daily tasks.
Why is organization important?
Becoming an organized person has led to mental freedom, which as a mom is HUGE. Creating a routine personalized to my needs means more time to spend with my husband, to play with my daughter and to take care of myself. My organization hacks have saved my family money on groceries, increased the cleanliness of our home and released me from the weight of the mental load that woman carry.
How to Get Started Organizing Your Life
An organized home needs:
- weekly meal plans
- daily, weekly and seasonal housekeeping task lists
- calendars and schedules
- a local grocery pick-up service
- apps that help with time management
- and lots of simply writing things down
You would be amazed at the change in your life if you took on even one of these organizational tools.
Tips for Success in Becoming Organized
- Write everything down. Become the queen of lists and schedules. Utilize helpful apps that give reminders and free trackers.
- Plan ahead. A big part of being organized is routines, schedules, and lists. All of those things require planning ahead! Fine tune how far in advance works for you for each category. For example, meal planning for more than one week at a time overwhelms me but others have success meal planning for a month at a time. Find what works for you!
- Stick with it. Try your best to stay on your routines. If you’re consistent with your routines, your day will be manageable and you will have more time for what you want to be doing. You can do this!
- Learn to say no. This sounds simple but can be hard to implement. Prioritize your must do’s, want to’s and learn what your can’t do’s are. Maybe you are struggling to manage your life because your life is managing you! Take inventory of your daily activities and evaluate what can be removed.
Common Questions and Misconceptions
If I follow Scheduling Sally’s routine, I will have a well-ordered life in spite of my procrastination.
The routine that works seamlessly for Scheduling Sally may not work well for Procrastinating Pam. (Have I gone too far with the cutesy names?) Find what works for you and your family. Lean into your bad habits by setting up safeguards for yourself.
I combat my forgetfulness with annoying, yet effective, reminders. For example, I often forget to switch laundry from the washer to the dryer so I have started putting the laundry basket in the middle of the hallway in front of the bathroom door. That way anytime I have to go to the bathroom or go into my daughter’s room my not-so-subtle reminder is right there to help me stay on task.
I hate routines because I like to have fun with my family. Routines are so rigid. What if we want to do something spontaneous or even just chill for a day?
Organization is flexible! Routines and an organized life help provide more opportunities for fun. Once you know how and when all of your must do’s will be done, you can let your hair down and have some fun.
I have small children, do you think I can organize my life?
YES! You can do this. A good routine could create even more fun for your kids because you will have more time to be intentional with them. We all know that when mama isn’t happy, no one is happy; we set the tone of our home. Decreased stress levels can be expected after organizing your life.
I have too much on my plate to start new routines. I don’t have time to organize and prioritize my life.
As with any decluttering, sometimes the hardest part is laying everything out to see what has to stay and what needs to go. Prioritizing and rescheduling your life is not an easy task but I promise you, the rewards are great!
Take it one step at a time. Start with meal planning; for one whole week only plan out your dinners, the next week plan out breakfast and dinner, and so on. Integrate changes little by little so that they are sustainable.
I’m such a mess, there’s no way I can be organized.
You CAN do anything that you set your mind to! We must be mindful of the power of our thoughts and speech; studies have shown that what you think and say directly effects what the outcome will be. Start to retrain your thoughts to become a more organized person. Swap out “I am such a mess” to “I am learning so much about organizing my life.” Our body accepts our thoughts and speech as commands. What have you been telling your body about yourself and your life?
I’m a new mom, why do I need to learn this now?
Organization in the life of a new mom is vital! Staying on task while taking care of an infant is challenging. I can relate to this question as I have been battling with myself on this one. In the end, my organization has saved my sanity and has helped me to get the basics done around the house.
Now, please understand. You do NOT need to do it all alone and you do NOT need to keep up when you have a newborn. Give yourself
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Becoming an Organized Mom
- Organized or not, I believe that you are the hero of your home. I know that my organization tips can help you to feel more in control of your time and enjoy a more balanced life with your family.