7 Organization Tips for Moms That Saved My LIFE
How to be an organized mom
Organization for moms can feel hard.
You not only need to keep your kids’ schedules and daily tasks organized (and sometimes your husband’s, too), but you also need to keep your own schedule and tasks in order.
That is what was the most eye opening part for me–the whole “how to keep my own schedule and tasks completed” after becoming a mom.
I of course knew I would need to start thinking/planning/prepping for my little ones, but I didn’t know things I used to not think twice about (like brushing my teeth, taking a shower, grocery shopping, etc.) would become such a feat!!
During the newborn stage, I remember feeling proud of myself if I brushed my teeth before noon. Gross, I know.
When I had my second child, I remember thinking, “Has it been two days or three days since I’ve showered?” Gross, I know!! But it’s true.
Figuring out how to fit it all in is an adjustment, to say the least.
I still am trying to figure out how to do things better every day. But now that I am four years into motherhood, there are some definite tips that either people have shared with me or I have read that have been incredibly helpful in keeping me organized.
I wish I would have known about these suggestions sooner! Here they are.
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7 Habits That Promote Organization for Moms
1. Wake before your children do to get yourself ready first
This is waaaaaaay easier said than done if you have a baby vs a preschooler, but…
The whole “put your mask on first before you assist your child” motto that is used when flying also applies at home.
If you have a baby at home, get your shower, hair, makeup done before you get your baby ready for daycare/nanny/etc. At the last minute, throw on your clothes so you can walk out the door without spit up or an explosive diaper on you.
Getting out the door will be SO MUCH EASIER.
Even if waking just five minutes before your kids do is all that you can manage right now, those five minutes to wash your face, brush teeth, etc. make a difference in giving you a head start to your day.
And, it will help you emotionally because of the small act of self-care/attention you have given yourself. I have seen how impactful these little actions are with my mindset and mood.
This falls in line with having a strong morning routine.
A strong morning routine promotes organization and self-care. Self-care is invaluable with helping you feel your best. If we feel good, we naturally will be more organized because our boosted mood will motivate and inspire us.
As part of my self-care, I used to run a few miles or hike a mountain to start my day. Now, I just walk 20 minutes around the block.
And, sometimes, it is not even a speed walk. But something is better than nothing, and as a busy mama, it is all I can squeeze in at the moment. So I stick with it for the principle and power of a routine and movement.
Get in the habit of moving, even if it is doing 10 jumping jacks in your living room, just move, and you will feel better.
Here is a glance at my morning routine:
5:00 AM Wake, dress, walk around the block
5:30 AM Shower, dress, makeup, coffee
6:00 AM Prep dinner
6:30 AM Feed kids, get them ready for preschool.
2. Prep dinner in the morning
Anyone who knows me well knows that cooking is not my strong suit. But, I still gotta’ do it for my littles!
So, what does this look like?
If I’m doing a crock pot meal, I set it up in the morning. If I’m doing a stovetop dinner, I do all the chopping of veggies etc. in the morning so all I have to do at the end of the day is mindlessly assemble. If I’m doing a frozen dinner 🙂 I open up my freezer and make sure I’m not missing anything.
If you’re in need of dinner ideas the whole family can enjoy, check out my go-to’s here! Even though I don’t like cooking, I still strive to have clean, easy, healthy ingredients with everything we eat.
I keep a mental note of having dinners that are like this each week: 1 pasta, 1 crockpot, 1 stovetop, 1 or 2 frozen, 1 done by my husband, 1 takeout.
3. Send yourself emails
The moment I remember I need to do something, I send myself an email.
I am on email all day long for work, so I use my inbox as my to-do list. Once I complete an email, I file it in a folder. I try to end my day with my inbox as empty as possible and know whatever is still sitting in it the next day, I will work from the bottom up to get things done.
You are more likely to accomplish something if you write it down and have to see it daily. Email is a great spot for that!
If email isn’t your thing, keep a to-do list somewhere where you will see and check it daily. Taking the extra step to write out a task when it pops into your head helps you remove clutter from your mind so that you can stay focused in the present.
4. Do a load of laundry every day
Every day?! I know, but hear me out.
Doing a small load of laundry every day is A LOT less time consuming than doing one big load weekly. Not to mention a lot less daunting.
I would rather scrub toilets than do laundry. It is my least favorite chore. But doing a little every day saves SO MUCH time!
If every day seems too much for you, then maybe go every other day. Just don’t save the chore to do once your laundry bin is filled to the brim.
5. Have a solid evening routine
Most mamas instill a strong evening routine for their children, but do you have one for yourself?
Making my kids’ lunches for tomorrow
Prepping tomorrow’s outfits for my children and for myself
Checking the calendar on my phone for tomorrow’s events
Reading in bed or listening to an audible
Asleep by 9 pm or 10 pm at the latest
Side note: From preschool pickups, to doctor appointments, to who will be home first to relieve the nanny etc…schedules can get complicated with your spouse. My husband and I know each other’s schedules by sending each other calendar invites to everything. Having a shared calendar really simplifies things!
Quick Question: Do you have a Hatch? It is what starts the evening routines in our household, as well as our morning routines. If you have little ones who stall at bedtime, or if they wake and want out of their rooms before you’d like them to get up in the morning, read this hack.
Our kids’ evening routine looks like this:
6:30 PM Hatch turns on automatically. Brush teeth. Put on pajamas. Go potty. Read two books together.
7:00 PM In bed, sing some songs, say prayers.
7:30 PM Lights out.
6. Get 8 Hours of Sleep
Okay, what mom–especially when your children are little–actually gets 8 hours of sleep?! I rarely do. BUT…
I will say I try to every night. I normally end up getting 6 to 7 hours. And, those hours come with middle of the night interruptions…someone needs to go to the bathroom, someone is having a nightmare, someone is sleep talking so loud we all wake up, someone is sick and needs help blowing their nose…
But I cannot emphasize enough the importance of sleep.
If we wake up rested, we naturally will be more organized and more ready to tackle the day because we feel good.
Did you know that the most valuable sleep for our brains is between 8 pm and midnight? The more we can sleep during this window, the better off we are. TIME states that every hour of sleep before midnight equates to two hours after midnight!
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7. Have less toys
Aside from having a cleaner, more organized home, there are many wonderful benefits for your children with having less toys.
Think about a time when you needed or wanted something, and you had so many choices to choose from.
For example, walking into a kitchen supply store and seeing 7 different brands of cookware. Or, walking into a Home Depot to get a new dishwasher or a new paint and you see umpteen options to choose from. What do you do?
You ask someone for help. We often feel overwhelmed and ask someone to tell us what is the best choice. Kids need and want that, too.
But little ones don’t always know how to articulate that they are feeling overwhelmed by all the toys. Instead, they choose nothing, whine, argue, or say they are bored.
To solve this, my husband and I keep all our kids’ toys in cupboards. About once a week, I put out 3 to 5 toys for our children to play with all week long.
The self play, imagination, creativity, and minimal arguing that comes from this is AMAZING! By the end of the week, they are ready for new toys, and we put out a new batch in the rotation.
This is more of a Montessori approach to playtime. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend book #4 on this list of best parenting books for parents.
Along the lines of having organized toys, do you have organized clothes closets?
Baby clothes and children’s clothes can be such a mess! With how rapidly they grow, keeping closets current and tidy can be a nightmare.
But if you have these amazing bags, organization is a breeze! I keep all my kids’ baby clothes they have outgrown in these bags and label them by size so that they are easily accessible for our next child.
Organization for Moms is Not Done in a Day
Organization for moms–or for anyone, really–is something that requires constant effort.
We don’t just get organized in a day and are done. We have to incorporate daily habits to maintain organization.
And these seven daily habits, whether you choose to do just one of them or all of them, will help simplify the process of getting you and your family’s tasks done.
Remember to give yourself grace and to take things just one day (or even one minute if needed) at a time.
Good luck to you with your organization journey!
Which habit are you going to incorporate? Share in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!