As a stay at home mom, you may feel like your days are scattered and overwhelming. These stay at home mom organization tips will help you create systems to make your days flow smoothly.
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“Where are your shoes?”
If I had a quarter for every time I’ve said that I would have a BLAST at the arcade.
Being organized not only saves time, but it makes your life so much easier.
And I haven’t even told you the best part yet…
Getting organized is easier than you think!
Doing these 13 simple organization tips will help you be a less scattered and flustered stay at home mom.
1. Home management system
The beauty of a home management system is that you can customize it to fit your needs.
A few things to have in your home management system includes:
- Cleaning schedules
- Bill pay trackers
- Meal planning templates
- Travel itinerary
- Grocery shopping list
- Account information
Anything important that you’d like to be able to find in one place should be in your home management system.
2. Use your planner
Maybe you’re like the bajillion other moms who have a pile of partially used planners.
You’re excited and consistent about using your planner for the first week, maybe even the first month, but then it sits on your desk collecting dust.
That’s why I love the More Than Mom Planner because even though it helps you structure and plan your day, it also includes:
- A fitness planner
- Weight loss tracker
- Goal setting worksheet
- Gratitude worksheet
It’s so much more than your average planner.
To stay consistent with using your planner you have to keep it where you can see it daily and block time to use it.
3. Get a whiteboard
A calendar whiteboard is great to have because you can easily change things around.
Hang it on a wall so you’ll see it everyday and get in the habit of checking it.
4. Calendar app
The calendar app on your phone will send you reminders which will help you remember things.
I also love using Google Calendar because I can color code events which helps me keep them categorized.
5. Create routines
Routines are what add structure to your busy, chaotic schedule.
If you have a daily cleaning routine you won’t be frustrated by the mess because you already have an effective cleaning system in place.
Routines are also great for kids because they learn what to expect which causes less anxiety and tantrums.
The key to cleaning less is to have less to clean.
You feel overwhelmed and scattered because your environment is scattered and overwhelming.
Take the time to declutter unused items so you don’t feel as claustrophobic in your own home.
7. Meal plan
Deciding what to cook everyday is a struggle that can easily be avoided.
8. Most important tasks
The problem with most to-do lists is that we never make it through the list and feel discouraged even though we may have gotten a lot done.
The key to a successful to-do list is to only focus on your 3 most important tasks (MITs) per day.
And once you’ve completed those tasks don’t add anymore. We want to rewrite your brain to feel accomplished and appreciate completing the list.
By adding more tasks you teach your brain that your work is never done.
I like using the Goals Wizard app to organize my MITs for the day and checking them off when they’re finished.
So prioritize your 3 most important tasks for the day and celebrations when you’re done.
9. Done list
Another trick that’ll teach your brain to appreciate what you’ve accomplished is to keep a done list.
Throughout the day write down everything you’ve done no matter how many times you’ve done it.
If you’ve washed the dishes 3 times, write it on your done list 3 times.
This will help you focus on what you are getting done instead of what you didn’t get done.
10. Time blocking
Blocking your time is like scheduling an appointment with yourself.
Typically you have a list of things to do but no designated time to do it.
With time blocking you know what to do and when you’re gonna do it.
No more putting it off till later or not having time to get it done.
Hold yourself accountable for your time blocks and prioritize accomplishing the tasks at the designated time.
11. Wake up earlier
You may think the longer you sleep the more rested you’ll be.
But did you know sleeping too much can make you even more tired?
For you to have more energy you have to create it.
Waking up earlier gives you time to prepare for the day and enjoy time to yourself.
12. Use bins
This is by far my favorite time saving hack.
They come with labels so you can keep your bins organized. In my daughter’s room she has bins for…
- Receiving blankets
- Towels/ washcloths
- Headbands and hats
Anything that can fit in a bin gets thrown in a bin!
She’s been helping me put clothes in her bins since she was about 13 months and she looks forward to laundry day.
13. Automate everyday tasks
Think of your brain as real estate. When you’re trying to remember all of these tasks it takes up valuable real estate.
Automating everyday tasks helps you use that brain power for more important things.
A few tasks I automate or simplify are…
- Grocery pickup using Walmart Grocery
- Auto-delivery of household items using Amazon Family
- Automatic bill pay
- Using MyFreezEasy to batch meals for the month
The less stuff you have to remember the better.
Start using these tips to add organization to your busy day.
You’ll save loads of time and it’s super easy.
Automate what you can, find ways to do things faster and easier, and don’t forget to celebrate your wins instead of focusing on what didn’t get done.