As a mom, I find myself searching again and again for tips on how to create a more organized life for myself and my family. An organized life doesn’t come naturally to me, but I do consider organization important to decrease life’s stress. I have been a mother for four years and still have much to learn, but here are the “guidelines” I use for keeping an organized life.
1. Declutter often!
It is hard to maintain a stress-free environment when you are constantly surrounded by clutter. Make it at least a monthly routine to go through everything in your home and donate or toss what is unneeded. At first, this endeavor will take much of your time, but after a few rounds, decluttering will just require maintenance. Living in a clutter-free home decreases stress and allows everyone to feel a sense of freedom.
A few tips for a clutter-free home:
Don’t buy so many toys.
Plan a capsule wardrobe.
Simplify your children’s closets
2. Use a planner.
There are so many planners out there — for good reason! They help give us a sense of control over our busy lives. We have written several planner reviews on our site to help you find the right one for you, but we also created a planner printable of our own to help mamas stay better organized. Check it out here.
We have thought of everything including:
A Weekly Planning sheet — Write down your purpose for the week, list your appointments, plan out desired habits, and keep track of your top three goals to ensure success!
A Weekly Calendar sheet — Mark out your detailed schedule for the week.
A Sunday-Saturday Daily Schedule sheets — Fill out the to-do list, daily gratitude, water intake, body fuel (breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks), movement (exercise), and answer three purposeful questions each week.
A Meal Planning sheet — Create a list of meals and a grocery list for the week.
A Financial Planning sheet — plan out your weekly/monthly bills to ensure they are paid on time.
Visual reminders are key to completing your to-do list and reaching your goals! Print off a set each week and start planning!
3. Stick to a morning and evening routine.
Start your day off right with a mindful routine that sets you and your family up for success — a healthy breakfast, meditation or quiet time, and productive start to the day. Get the hard parts out of the way first! Here are 7 Facts For A Productive Morning.
For an evening routine, do all that you can to prep for the following morning! Pick out outfits for the family, prep breakfast and lunches, and tie up any loose ends that could cause chaos in the morning. Bedtime is an important time to implement a routine as well. Here are 5 ways to help your kids wind down at bedtime.
4. Involve kids in household management
Though you may manage the home, it’s not your responsibility to take care of everything. Once your children are capable of cleaning up after themselves, require their participation in chores. This will help take things off your plate, improve your relationships by allowing everyone to be involved, and to teach work-ethic and responsibility.
10 Chores So Easy, Your Toddler Could Do Them!
5 Ways To Involve Your Children In Your Work-From-Home Business
How To Raise Financially Smart Children
For more organization hacks, here are 25 Organization Hacks for Really Busy Moms.
Tell us in the comments your best tips for keeping your life organized!