As moms, we are often the ones that really run the household and keep the family sane and organized. Today, I want to share 10 tips with you that really help my family to stay organized and function better. After reading my tips, please feel free to leave any tips you have found that help you manage and organize YOUR family!
1- Plan a Menu– This is a big organizational tool for me for about a zillion reasons. Plus, it’s one of my favorites because it is a HUGE money saver. I plan my menu around my husband’s work schedule before I do my shopping. This way, I know exactly what I need to buy at the grocery store. I spend money on what I need, not on what I think I might possibly use. Before I made menus, I never had all the ingredients I needed for a dinner, but I would have like 6 jars of spaghetti sauce sitting in the pantry. It is also more nutritious to plan a menu. If you wing it, you will often times end up eating fast food or just throwing something together that isn’t healthy. Planning a menu also makes meal time less stressful because it is one less thing to think about!
2- Do Laundry Daily– What? Every day? I mean this. It takes so much stress off of me if I just do one load daily. Since most of us have a family and small children, chances are we make a load every day. By doing it daily and not letting it add up, it doesn’t feel like such a chore. Plus, my husband has a uniform for work. If I wash daily, I don’t have to worry about him having clean work clothes.
3- Lay Your Clothes out the Night before– Now, I am guilty of not always doing this one. However, when I do, I feel so much better! It is one less thing to think about in the morning, especially when we have some where to go. Sunday mornings are always the worst in my house. I always seem to never be able to find clothes when I am getting ready for church! If I think about it Saturday night, I always feel better on Sunday morning.
4- Clean the Car out EACH time you get home– Yes, I know it’s a pain and annoying. But, don’t you just hate it when you get in your car and there is junk everywhere? I know I do! If I just take a moment to remove things each time I get out of the car, my car never gets messy and I never feel stressed when I get in (well, not from it being junky, anyhow!)
5- Make a spot for your mail– Do you know where the last weeks mail is? On the counter, on the table, stuck beside the seat in the car… anywhere it can easily be laid down. Designate a space where the bills are put each day, and go ahead and immediately dispose of the junk mail. This creates less clutter and helps you to know where the bills are when it comes time to pay them!
6- Delegate– As mom’s, we can often feel that every chore in the house needs to be done by us. I think this is especially true if we are stay at home moms. I have learned to delegate and not try to take on everything all by myself. Raileigh really isn’t old enough to have a lot to do yet, but my husband has his own list of things. For instance, he is the primary bathroom cleaner and takes out the trash. He knows these things are his responsibility and it’s one less thing for me to worry about.
7- Involve the Kids in Preparing Meals– Raileigh may only be 19 months old, but I try to involve her as much as possible when I am cooking or baking. This is a great way for me to keep an eye on her. If I am trying to cook dinner ant don’t involve her, it is a lot easier for her to get into things because I am preoccupied. Plus, by involving her, I can start to teach her all about a kitchen and cooking. She already knows which things are safe to touch and which aren’t. S he is also having a good time and we are getting to spend time together!
8- Add Music!– Music just makes everything feel better! I have several CD’s of kids songs I will put on when we are cleaning or tasking. Sometimes, we will spontaneously break out singing or dancing. It feels so great and makes whatever we are doing seem less like work. Find some music that is upbeat and pop it in next time you have some cleaning to do! We also like to do this when preparing dinner.
9- Have a Night Time routine– Bed time is awful at my house. I have a night owl for a daughter and there really isn’t much I have found that can remedy it completely. However, something that really does help is to have an established bed time routine. We read stories and rock in the rocking chair while Raileigh drinks an evening glass of milk. I don’t really know two people who do it exactly the same. You will have to find something you like and do it. it may not work the first day or the second, but keep with it. Your kids will start to know that when certain things happen, it means it’s bed time. I cannot stress how much this has made a difference in my house.
10- Make time for YOU– This is by far one of the most important things on this list. I know for certain that when I have had zero alone time, I can be irritable, grumpy, and not easy to get along with. When Raileigh was first born, I had the impression I needed to be with her 24/7. True, I need to be there most of the time, but 24/7 is just unrealistic and unhealthy. I know that after I have had a date night or some quiet time, I feel much more equipped to deal with whatever Raileigh throws at me.
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