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Things I Do Everyday To Be A Super Organized Mom

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Organization. I love it. When I got my first place alone I bought a ton of baskets and bins to put my stuff in. I coordinated my closet by sleeve length AND color. I even hung a calendar on the wall. I was feeling pretty good about myself. That’s what I thought organization was when I was single and young. The me now laughs at that young, innocent, naive me. If only it were true: buying baskets and bins = an organized person. If only that were true! Now, to be an organized mom, it takes a heck of a lot more than a calendar on the wall!

Things I Do Every Day To Be A Super Organized Mom

Why Being Organized Matters

Let’s start with this. As a mom and a wife, I feel like I am the core of the family. If I can’t keep it together, the whole family is going to crumble. At least that is what I tell myself. It might be true or it might be a way to motivate myself too stay on track, either way it works.

I have my weeks. Where I don’t follow my ‘plan’, every day I go into ‘wing it’ mode, and I hope for the best. Some weeks I go as far as to just throw in the towel. It does not work. There has never been a good ending when the towel is thrown.

Staying organized helps everyone in my family know what is going on, it helps get things done efficiently, and it helps everything stay on track. In turn, this leaves more time for the fun stuff. More time to sit on the floor and play with my daughter or take trips to the park.

Being an organized mom helps my family be the best family we can be.

How I Stay An Organized Mom

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Get Up Earlier Than Everyone Else. This was a huge game changer for me! When I get up before everyone else I have time to drink a HOT cup of coffee, check my email, shower, get dressed and maybe even put make up on. All in peace. No one talking to me or asking me for anything. Starting the day by myself is the best way to start the day.

All of this is coming from someone who LOVES sleep. I have never been an early riser. I’m a sleep in, take a nap and go to bed early type of girl. So if I am saying it is worth getting up early, it is worth getting up early!

Plan Meals. I plan my meals, at least a couple days in advance. I write them on a calendar that is centrally located in the kitchen so in the morning I can see if I need to take meat out of the freezer, throw something in the crock pot, or go to the store during that day. Plus I use my crock pot more than any human should. It is an excellent time saving invention!

Dishes & Laundry. These are two ‘chores’ that I dread. I would rather do 100 other things than dishes or laundry. When I use reality to think about them, though, it’s not all that bad. It takes less than 5 minutes to unload the dishwasher AND throw in a load of laundry. So I do that every morning. The dishwasher will be empty so everyone can  rinse off and put dishes in the dishwasher. That includes my 4 year old! This leaves an empty sink at all times and one less thing I have to worry about.

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Have A Planner I’m In Love With. My planner has space for me to write everything I need to write down. I’m a pen and paper girl. If you’re a techie, find an app that suits you. Whatever it is, find a planner that you can write down everything. Get it out of your head and onto the paper (or in the cloud..wherever that is).

I also check my planner often, at least every morning and every night. This way I don’t forget things like birthdays or school snack days.

{Try To} Eat Healthy & Exercise. Nothing puts a wrench in the smooth workings of the family like mom getting sick. Everything stops, right? I try my best to stay healthy so that getting sick is rare. I also find that eating healthy and exercising keeps my energy up, which allows me to run full steam throughout the day!

Stick With The Plan. In my lovely planner I have housework broken down throughout the week, I have specific days for grocery shopping, and days for other errands. I do my very best to stick to the plan. When I don’t, I usually feel guilty for not following through. That leads me to the last and probably most important way I stay organized:

Be Flexible. Being a mom is not being a CEO of a major corporation. It’s not a school principal. Those things are important, but different than a mom. Structure, sticking to the plan, and following through are all important, but understanding that as a mom we are leading humans, our family, so flexibility is crucial.

There are going to be sick days, days when my daughter needs extra cuddles, or extra time at the park. There will be days when grocery shopping for a week is just not going to happen, two days worth will have to do. It doesn’t make me a bad mom just because I forgot to transfer the clothes from the washer to the dryer. I can run the load again the next day. That doesn’t make me a bad mom. It makes me human.

Organization will keep the family going, but being a loving mom is what will keep us together.

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