I know what you’re thinking:
Organized mommies? Yeah, sure, they exist… you can find them off frolicking somewhere with the mermaids, unicorns and fairies.
Yes, it seems a life spent raising tiny little humans and trying to accomplish anything else is the perfect recipe for disorganization. And there will be moments when even the most organized mommy gets frazzled or forgets something… no one is perfect!
But there are habits you can incorporate into your day-to-day lives to make your life a little more organized. How do I know? I’m a full-time working mom who had plenty of those crazy days, and vowed to figure out how to master them.
And I did… for the most part.
I used every chaotic morning, every forgotten something, and every should-coulda as a learning experience, and formed these six habits as my Mommy Mantra to help me keep my sh*t together.
And now, I’ll share them with you. Behold… 6 Habits of Organized Mommies:
Time for some tough love, besties: You know those times you think “I don’t need to write it down. I’ll remember…”? You won’t remember. I’ve incorporated a reminder system into my daily life for everything, even the simplest tasks like taking my vitamins. My son had a week at school when they were supposed to wear a specific color every day. I knew I’d never remember that, so I set a reminder on my phone every day of that week. I use the “Reminders” app on my iPhone. It’s simple and it gets the job done. You can set it to go off at a specific time of day, or when you’re arriving at or leaving a location (like your house). It’s been a total game-changer for me! If you don’t have an iPhone, you could also use your smartphone or tablet calendar, put appointments on your work calendar… anything. Not a technology person, or need a second set of reminders? I also put sticky notes on the back door to catch my attention as I walk out. I call it The Sticky System. Whatever works, right? 🙂
You know all that planning I mentioned above? It’s all moot without the proper systems in place to see it through. I can plan weekly dinners until I’m blue in the face, but if I don’t have a system for following through (i.e. thawing the meat), it’s pointless. I make the list, I shop for the stuff… then I set reminders on my phone so I remember when/what to thaw for Tuesday’s dinner or to remind me to make the chicken salad on Sundays so we can eat it all week for lunches. I can pack my son’s daycare bag every night, but if I don’t create a system for where to leave it so my husband and I always know where to find it as we’re trying to get out the door in the morning, I’ll forget it. You get the idea. Your systems don’t have to be complex – again, remember the Sticky Note System. They just have to work for you and how your brain works. Which leads me to my next point…
The number one key to organizing your life is to know who you are and how you work best. For the meal planning example, I’m just not the girl who’s going to spend a full day making 40 freezable crockpot meals, or make lunches that consist of gourmet salads with homemade dressings. I wish I was… but that’s not me, and if I try to force myself to do things that way, I’ll fail. Instead, I’m the kind of girl who will prep a week’s worth of chicken salad or deli sandwiches, or will pack up our leftover dinners into lunches one night at a time. I won’t wake up every morning and review my daily planner over a mug of steaming coffee. But I will roll over when my alarm goes off and check my reminders app with one eye open. The point is… create systems that work for you. Don’t try to fight your personality traits – embrace them!
Know you, do you. That is the key to doing it all.