7 Simple Habits of an Organized Mom
I used to be an organized mom. Before my first child was mobile. While I was still on maternity leave!
But with 3 little kiddos running around, the organized mom can be harder to find some days, am I right?!
Don’t worry, you have plenty of company!
It happens slowly.
First, there are a few toys on the living room floor. No biggie, I’ll get those tomorrow.
Then, there is a small pile of papers on the corner of the kitchen table. I’m going to file those first thing after dinner.
The next thing you know, there are toys everywhere, the paper pile has consumed half of the kitchen table, and the dust has dust.
How to get back to a clean house?
How do you become an Organized Mom?!
The thing is, being an organized mom isn’t some impossible task. It can seem overwhelming at first. But, I have some super easy tips to get you started.
Start small, form new habits slowly, and before you know it, your house will be much cleaner and more organized.
You know what else happens when you’re house looks better? You feel better. You’re proud to have friends over, you can find things when you are looking for them, there is a place to sit on the couch to watch TV when you want.
Today I am sharing 7 Simple Habits of Organized Moms.
Choose 1 or 2 and commit to doing them every day. Then, once you have that new routine down, add another new habit. When you do it bit by bit, it makes it much more manageable.
Organized Mom Tip #1: Sort Your Mail Right Away
This is one of those things that, literally, takes about 1 minute if you do it every day. But, if you let it pile up, before you know it the mail pile on the kitchen counter is HUGE and you don’t even know where to start.
Let’s face it – most of the mail that comes into our homes is junk mail. So, most of it can go right in the trash. Better yet, you can cancel the free catalogs that come to your house.
If you are looking to save money, but “always see something you want”, then stopping unwanted catalogs kills two birds with one stone! The FTC also has a website that allows you to opt out of all pre-screened credit card and insurance offers.
Ok, so, junk mail goes in the trash.
Bills can either get paid right away or set aside in a special place to pay them all at once. Another tip, sign up for e-statements of credit card bills and auto pay for any bills that offer it. We have our credit card bills on auto pay each month, so we know they will always be paid on time (and interest free)!
Any other important papers that happen to come can get filed (set up a filing system and file them right then). I also suggest having a container somewhere in the kitchen (we use a plastic container) to hold some mail until you need it in the near future (re: birthday invites, coupons, etc)
Remember, it literally takes less than 5 minutes (probably less than 3 minutes) to do all this, so just do it. Then, you can enjoy your clear counters!
Organized Mom Tip #2: Do Something Every Day
Do something related to cleaning or tidying your house every day. Really, it should be more like 2 or 3 things, but you can start with one and build from there. It could be dust a room, sweep a floor, wipe down a bathroom counter, whatever. And space them out. This keeps you from feeling like you “spent forever” cleaning.
Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Check out these household tasks that you can do in 10 minutes or less!
I like to use To Do Lists, so I just put 2 or 3 of my speedy cleaning tasks on my list each day. At the end of the day, when all (or most) of my tasks are crossed off, I feel so accomplished! If I didn’t get to a task during my day, I just slide it over to the next day.
To Do Lists are awesome.
Organized Mom Tip #3: Have Adequate Storage
It’s hard to stay organized if there is no place to put your stuff! You don’t need to go crazy buying expensive things for your house. One of my favorite storage items are fabric baskets. They’re versatile, look nice in any room, and hold a lot of items.
I have a basket in each room. When it is time to clean up (my girls call it the “tidy up game” – whatever works!) we can put some things back where they go, but some toys don’t really have a dedicated space. Those items can just go in the basket for the room. This also works well if my girls are going to “finish playing baby dolls later”, but we need to clean up to vacuum or whatever. The dolls can go in the basket, the room is cleaned up, and the toys are easily accessible for the girls when they want to continue playing later.
Organized Mom Tip #4: Make Lists
I am a huge fan of lists! They are so simple, yet so effective! I wrote an entire post about how a To Do List can supercharge your productivity.
If you are struggling with being an organized mom, my first suggestion would be to start writing a daily To Do List. And keep it short. Your list of daily tasks should be small enough to fit on a post it note. If it’s longer than that, you are setting yourself up for failure because it is too much to do in one day. And failure leads to being unmotivated to keep going. So keep your daily list short!
Don’t forget to cross off each task as you get it done
Organized Mom Tip #5: Plan Ahead
This goes for meals, errands, and so much more! I am a huge advocate of planning out meals ahead of time. I like to use a 3 week meal rotation schedule for our dinners. This completely gets rid of having to figure out what’s for dinner that night or the next week. I highly recommend it!
If you can plan ahead to group your errands together and avoid running out multiple times with the kids you will save yourself so much time! I know some people who have an “errand day” each week and that is amazing and something I want to try! Think about all the errands you will need to do this week – grocery, pet store, oil change, whatever – then do it all on the same day in one big errand run. Not only does it save you time, but it also saves your car some miles and “wear and tear” over a long period of time.
Planning ahead can apply to so many things that I couldn’t possibly list them all here.
Have a trip coming up? Plan ahead so you aren’t stressed and getting ready at the last minute.
Busy week next week? Plan your cleaning around your other obligations.
You get the idea. Embrace the planning!
Organized Mom Tip #6: Make Routines You Can Keep
This is just a reminder to keep it realistic. Becoming an organized mom doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t bite off more than you can chew and then get depressed when you can’t be successful at it.
Start with small changes and simple routines that work for you and your family.
I know some people like to do the same cleaning on the same day each week. But, that doesn’t work for me. So, I just jot down whatever I feel like cleaning over the next few days. If one week I dust on Wednesday and the next week it doesn’t get done until Friday, I’m ok with that. If you like to do all your cleaning on Wednesday, and that works for you consistently, then great! Do what works!
Organized Mom Tip #7: Reward Yourself!
This is my favorite part of being an organized mom!
You dusted, vacuumed, made those important phone calls, got the kitchen cleaned up…..now do something you want to do!
Read a book for 20 minutes.
Watch your favorite TV show.
Take a shower by yourself (tell hubby – no kid interruptions!)
Go shopping for something you want – take cash, so you don’t over spend!
Seriously, if your house is less cluttered, less dusty, and more organized then you deserve a pat on the back (and if that comes in the form of a pedicure or massage, then who are you to argue?!).
If you put all (or some) of these habits into practice, I am sure you will be well on your way to becoming an organized mom!
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