Being organized takes skill–at least for me! For many busy moms, the word organization may not even exist in their vocabulary yet, but that’s about to change. To enjoy life, and live it in a way that has LESS stress, it will require effort from us to not allow the chaos to overtake our lives!
25 Organizing Tips for Busy Moms
1. Simplify. Less is more.
2. Everyone pitches in. Everyone is responsible for their own belongings. When the kids come home from school or from an outing, they must put away their shoes, hats and coats in the proper area. Hubby can’t come home and drop his keys and wallet just anywhere. Find a designation for his belongings.
Each person who’s old enough to look after themselves should. Older kids can put cups and dishes in the dishwasher or wash them by hand. You can help your kids be organized in the morning and at night by using a checklist. You can post it in their room or in a central area of the house. This way you don’t have to be double-checking for them when they can do it themselves.
This will take some time if your family doesn’t have any set routines, but once you get into the habit of doing these things all the time, it becomes second nature. You’ll find you’re less stressed and days will be less hectic.
3. Keep it Small. When cleaning or decluttering, tackle a small area at a time. Have a goal in mind before you start. If your plan is to get rid of things, then go to it with that mindset.
4. Daily maintenance is the key. Don’t let weeks go by with things piling up on a table or in a corner on the floor.
5. Make a list of where or which room you want to organize. Again, don’t overachieve or tackle two large rooms in one day.
6. Schedule appointments on a calendar or day planner. Appointments for the family can go on another calendar so everyone can see it and know what’s going on.
7. Visually prioritize. Use a cork board or whiteboard to list priorities and tasks to do each day.
8. Schedule budget time. To make things easier, pick a date to do online banking.
9. Shopping list. Keep an ongoing shopping list on the fridge.
10. All in one day. Pick a day for grocery shopping and errands.
11. Go digital! Choose paperless bills and set up alerts on your smartphone for when they are due.
12. Use a family communication book or board for messages. Things that are mentioned in the morning can easily be forgotten in ten minutes.
13. Remind the Fam. If you know tomorrow is going to be a busy day, have a family meeting so everyone knows what’s going on.
14. Keep it easy. Only multitask with easy work, otherwise you’re bound to make a mistake on something important, and that will only cause you to lose time later!
15. Make simple meals or meals that don’t take a lot of time to prepare. Make “one dish” meals such as casseroles or chicken on a bed of salad; fish cooks quickly; have some potatoes and veggies and you have a complete meal. Stir-frys are fast too. Here are 5 Easy Meal Ideas for Busy Moms to help you out!
16. Give each child an age-appropriate chore. Give them chores you know they’ll do well. If your daughter is good at sorting, then she can do the recycling.
17. Keep it handy. Keep phone numbers and coupons from your favorite take-out restaurants near the phone. A small binder with clear sheets and pockets will work well.
18. Make time for what matters most. Schedule time to spend with your loved ones.
19. Only one. Use one credit card only and make sure you balance your book.
20. Don’t leave clutter. When you’re done reading the paper, for instance, take it with you to recycle or throw away. Designate an area or use a large Rubbermaid bin as temporary storage. This needs to be emptied on a weekly basis.
21. Goals. Set daily, weekly, or monthly goals in your personal and business life.
22. You matter too! Take time for yourself.
23. Take a picture! School age kids can bring home a lot of papers and/or artwork. It’s impossible to keep all the artwork for each grade. Keep the ones you really enjoy and take digital photos of the others and store them on DVDs.
24. One year toss. Get rid of things you haven’t used in a year.
25. Get help. Visit sites that are specifically for organizing, like Busy Moms of Faith! ;)
But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. – 1 Corinthians 14:40
I hope that these tips reduce stress in your life and help you to become better organized!
Please share YOUR organizing tips below! Lord, knows that I could use all the help I can get!
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