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Are you a working mom wondering how to stay organized? Then you’re in the right place. Here you’ll find organizing tips for working moms just like you.
Because moms are almost superheroes and sometimes they find themselves doing more things they even thought they could, it’s very easy for them to experience a meltdown.
Are you one of those moms who just can’t take it anymore? Do you feel overwhelmed because you just can’t keep track anymore of all the things that need to be done throughout the day?
Too many post-its and notepads and never-ending lists?
It’s time to make a change. You can do better. You deserve better. It’s time to be more organized to help you stay focused on … your life, and not laundry.
Start practicing these 13 tips to be a more organized working mom.
1. THE WORKING MOM COMMAND CENTER
thesaltymamas.com came up with this concept of THE WORKING MOM COMMAND CENTER which seems pretty awesome. They show you how you can involve the entire family in setting reminders or taking notes.
So the weight is not entirely on your shoulders. I must say their idea is genius and totally makes sense. Check it out here. It really saves you time and most importantly, sanity!
2. SET TIMERS
If you have things that need to be done and you keep postponing them use a timer. Set a 10-minute timer to fold the laundry for example. Whatever you need to do just set a timer for it and do it.
No distractions allowed. You’ll be more productive and get more things done if you’re taking each task at a time and focus solely on that one task.
As opposed to multitasking, aka sending an email and answering calls. Be efficient with tackling one task at a time and avoid distractions.
3. DO LAUNDRY ONCE A DAY
I don’t know about you but I hate seeing a huge pile of laundry. It stresses me. Plus, how many laundry baskets can I get? I only have a big one, so it annoys me seeing it overflowing.
And if I choose only one day for laundry it’s not good, because it’s time-consuming. I’m stuck. I have to wait for the laundry so I can put it in the dryer and then wait again to fold it.
Too much. So it’s better to do it in increments.
4. DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
Get rid of anything you don’t use or don’t need anymore. You don’t need junk in your already busy life. This will not only give you some extra space in the house but it will also make you feel more relaxed, relieved.
5. GET INSTANT GROCERY DELIVERY
I dread going to the grocery store. It’s always crowded and I always get annoyed when that one person sits in front of that one product that I need. And doesn’t move.
And just stares while I try to squeeze and get the product that I want. And then I get annoyed when I get to the cash register and I see the long line.
But someone obviously thought about all of this and created Instacart Grocery Delivery, so you can do everything with one click. If this is not time-saving then what?
6. IF YOU CAN’T INSTACART, YOU PRIME
Do you remember those diaper boxes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have them delivered at your door? You can with Amazon Prime. And not only diapers, pretty much anything else.
You get a 30-day free trial with one-day free shipping and discounts, depending on what you’re ordering. You can even order music. That’s just life made easier.
7. WAKE UP BEFORE YOUR KIDS
I do this and it does wonders. I have enough ‘me’ time: brush my teeth, put some makeup on (if I can find it, my daughter loves playing with pretty much anything I use), do my hair and plan my day.
It gives me the feeling I’m in control and that I’m at least one step ahead of the game, so I start my day on a good note.
If I’m lucky I can even prepare her daycare bag and that saves me a lot of time (I usually do things with one hand because I’m carrying her with the other one, so that slows me down).
Now, maybe your child is not 20 months old like mine. So you may even afford doing some exercise, which will surely give you the energy boost for the entire day.
8. PRIORITIZE YOUR DAY
I know you want to do a million things but you have to prioritize your life. That sounds way too serious. Let’s try again. Just take one day at a time.
Know exactly what needs to be done in one day, whether weekends or working days. Determine what are the most important things you can accomplish in one day.
Don’t have high expectations and don’t overload yourself. Then you’ll feel guilty and frustrated because of all the other things left to be done.
If you can only do 5 things in a day though your list has 10 then why struggle? The key is to actually make the decision and have a definite plan.
If your plan for today is to do laundry, prep meal and help your child with a project then stick to those.
9. HAVE A ROUTINE
You know babies love routine because it helps them learn self-control and gives them a sense of security and stability. Routines make the environment more predictable, thus less anxiety.
Setting good routines for yourself will also help you with productivity, stress and being organized. There’s no guessing, you know what to do.
10. HAVE A REALISTIC TO-DO LIST
Don’t turn your to-do list into your wish list. Keep it straightforward and attainable. And make sure you get all the things done.
Try not to postpone some tasks and make your to-do list for the next day longer. This will only add more pressure on you.
I use my NOTES on my iPhone and my list’s title is very straightforward: TO DO. Because it’s on my phone it’s very easy for me to keep an eye on it and monitor my progress.
11. SET YOUR BILLS ON AUTOPAY
I hate paying bills. First, because that means less money and second because I hate the whole process of doing it. I just don’t like writing checks and keep track of all the bills that need to be paid.
So I just put all my bills (those that had the autopay feature) on autopay. Simple. They even alert me before the payment is processed.
Your only worry is to have enough money for the bills. But having autopayments definitely means less hassle.
12. PLAN YOUR MEALS
Whether you meal plan for a week or a month, just start meal planning. This will save you time. You know in advance what to cook instead of wasting time thinking and searching for ideas or recipes.
And you know what, make your life even smoother and just get a slow cooker, dump some ingredients and you’re done.
13. STAY IN THE KNOW
You always want to be up to date with what happens around you. Let the news come to you and not the other way around.
I personally subscribed to CNN and my local news channel so I get alerts on the latest news and weather. I am busy but I do want to know if there’s a boil-water advisory in my county right?
Above all, remember there’s only so much you can do! Let it go as Elsa sings in Frozen.
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