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I think the term “stay at home mom” often gives people on the outside a completely different picture. Being a stay at home mom may not require a day desk job or a normal 9-5 hour workday, let’s be honest, our job is all day every day 24/7. And it is no easy feat, that is for sure!
Being an organized stay at home mom doesn’t seem to come all that easy either. Nurturing and caring for those busy littles running wild seems to erase any sense of organization you might have had.
Motherhood is hard work and is ongoing and constant. Don’t get me wrong, being a mother is one of the best things that has happened to me, but that doesn’t mean every day is full of sunshine and daisies.
Even though your life may feel like complete chaos, you can still be organized as a stay at home mom.
Simple tips lead to better organization
With these simple little tips that I am going to cover, you will begin to see a big difference once you implement them into your everyday life. Hopefully, you will feel like you have all of your ducks in a row, well, at least some of the time!
Being an organized stay at home mom isn’t as hard as it sounds, I promise.
Now don’t go getting the wrong impression about me, I am not perfect in my organization by any means. To be quite honest, I am about a million miles away from perfection, but that is ok. We aren’t striving for perfection here.
We aren’t routing for a gold medal in home organization and cleanliness, nor are you making yourself feel bad about not succeeding in certain areas of motherhood.
Remember you are just striving to do a little better each day. While hopefully, gaining a little motivation from these simple steps on how you can improve your stay at home mom life and organization.
1. Plan and schedule ahead of time
Planning and scheduling ahead is one of the golden nuggets to keeping your life organized as a stay at home mom. If you can plan ahead you will set yourself up so much better for success!
This is one of those simple things that gets overlooked ALL of the time! BUT, I know from personal experience that having some sort of plan for the upcoming day, week or month can greatly impact my productivity as a Mom.
When there isn’t a plan, productivity and organization usually pretty much get thrown right out of the window. This is simply because when there isn’t a plan everything just kind rolls where it wants to.
Or you easily forget things you need to get done and the end result usually leaves you pretty frustrated.
Sometimes it is fun to not plan anything or have a chill day and don’t follow any routines or schedules, and those days are a must too (for your sanity). Just try to avoid that being the normal situation.
How do I plan and schedule ahead of time?
The best way to plan and schedule is to do it the night before. Each night, take 10-15 minutes where you write down the following day’s tasks, to-do’s and errands. This will help keep your day organized and help you feel productive.
It is important not to jam-pack your day with unrealistic expectations and mile-long lists. To to be honest, you won’t accomplish everything, and you’ll end up feeling disappointed and discouraged.
Give yourself a realistic plan and then do your best to stick to it.
You can even do a planning session at the end of each week (or month) for the following week (or month). This gives you a long term picture of things and can help you layout those big products, tasks or chores that need to get done at some point within that time frame.
2. Declutter, declutter, declutter!
Yep, I said it 3 times because that is how important this step is! Whether it is decluttering big time or just simply keeping on top of things each day, it needs to be done. Now I know this is WAY easier said than done.
Especially with kids who seem to make messes of everything they look at, but trust me, decluttering it worth every second.
It is just a fact that when your living space is cluttered and messy it is hard to live in a way that isn’t those too things. When the spaces around us hoard piles of clothing, papers, dishes and whatever else we might have, it really becomes overwhelming.
Those feelings can prevent us from being productive and organized.
I know for me it is hard to feel organized and organize my life or my family when my home is full of clutter. I simply can’t focus when there is a mess around me.
Not only will clutter make you feel crappy, depressed and weighed down, but it will make your mind feel that way too, which then leads to forgetting things and feeling frazzled and burnt out.
Eliminating clutter in your house will also save you time. It will save you time searching through the piles of clothes in your closet to find that shirt you have been looking for. Or rummaging through the pantry to see if you have that can of beans you need for your chili. Trust me, decluttering is heaven sent.
How do I declutter my home?
Now, don’t go bagging on yourself and feeling bad if you have clutter in your house, because we all live with some kind of clutter. You are probably thinking
“I am a stay at home mom, with 4 kids, I can barely keep on top of feeding them”
It is easy! Just pick a few areas where you feel the most cluttered and box out 15 minutes each day to work on them for a week or two. You will be surprised at the change you will see and feel in your home when you just set aside a little time each day to declutter.
As you get better at decluttering, you will become faster and quicker at it. Before you know it you will have decluttered your whole house, and feel way more organized as a stay at home mom.
Don’t compare yourself to others just simply start off small and make realistic goals for decluttering your home.
If you are looking for more great tips and tricks for decluttering your home and organization check out “The Organized Home” by Hilary Erickson. She offers a great affordable course that is worth every penny and will transform your home.
3. Meal plan
This one is the money! Yet, somehow, I still struggle SOOOO much with it. With that being said, I know when I do meal plan, I see a HUGE difference.
Planning out meals in advance will save you so much time, guessing and frustration. With a meal plan for everyone to see, there isn’t any guesswork involved. You won’t hear
“What’s for dinner, Mom?” or “What shall we have for dinner tonight?”
Being an organized stay at home mom, stems from simple planning ahead. Making meal plans will help your week feel more organized and eliminate wasted time trying to decide what to eat for dinner.
How do I effectively meal plan?
Meal planning doesn’t need to be complicated or even that time-consuming. You can even involve other members of your family to help meal plan and give input with their favorite dinners. Find what works best for your family and just do it.
Try to plan out at least a week in advance, this saves unneeded trips to the grocery stores and in the long run, saves you a ton of money.
4. Use a planner and write things down
Writing things down is probably one of the most effective ways to remember all of the endless to-dos, errands and places you need to be. When I fail to write stuff down, I fail to remember things.
So, do yourself a favor and just write stuff down. Referring back to lists or planners will help you keep your everyday life in check and help you avoid forgetting those important things you need to do or places you need to be.
How do I stay organized by writing things down?
I find it most useful when I have a planner or something physical to write on. You could even use your phone, or a wall calendar. Pick a method that is most convenient and effective for you and start writing things down.
Try to prioritize your items in order of most important to least important. You can schedule specific times for each task. This will give the best success rate for accomplishing your lists.
Delegating can be your best friend as a stay at home mom, if you would just use it! Delegating is simply entrusting someone else with an important task that you need help accomplishing.
You may think I am crazy and you’re probably thinking “how I am supposed to delegate to my 4 year old?”.
Giving simple, easy tasks to your kids might seem silly and unproductive, but helping them understand responsibility from a young age will only serve you greatly as they get older.
But on a more helpful note, delegating certain tasks to your husband can be helpful and beneficial to helping you feel and stay organized.
How do I delegate to other members of my family?
Obviously, depending on the age of your children will depict how helpful delegating will be. BUT giving easy tasks such as helping put away laundry, or unloading the dishwasher can help them feel involved and excited to help with mundane tasks around the house.
If your children are older, you can give them certain tasks or chores to be in charge of. Of course, your husband can be a great person to delegate to aswell.
Maybe he has certain “husbandry” responsibilities, like emptying the trash, cleaning the bathrooms, or walking the dog. Just because you are the “stay at the home mom” doesn’t mean you can’t share any of the responsibilities with others.
You don’t need to throw all of your responsibilities away. Of course, your husband has his own work responsibilities and you don’t want to burn him out with lots of extra honey to-do lists but it is more than OK to share some stuff where you can.
6. Wake up a little earlier- preferably before your kids
Waking up earlier will make you feel a million times more productive and organized. Such a simple thing can make such a difference to your day.
If your kids already wake up at the crack of dawn, waking up even earlier than them is probably at the bottom of your list of things to do. But, trust me! I can promise you it will help your day go smoother and you will already feel more organized and put together.
If you are looking for more ways to feel productive as a stay at home mom check this post out for more ideas.
How do I add in waking up before my kids?
I am not suggesting you wake up 2 hours before your kids wake up. I mean you can if you want, but you don’t need to be that extreme if you don’t want to. Even if it’s only 15 minutes of time to yourself in the morning, 15 minutes is still plenty of time to get some stuff done.
Use those few extra minutes to get dressed, wash your face, look over the schedule for that day, pray or pour yourself a glass of orange juice. Whatever it may be those uninterrupted kid-free moments will help you better transition into mommy mode.
7. Do a load of laundry each day
This will change your life. Especially if you always seem to have piles upon piles of laundry that you never seem to reach the bottom of. Simply doing a load each day AND folding and putting those clothes away will really transform your entire week.
When the dirty laundry piles up, so does the clean laundry. By the time you have mount Everest at the foot of your bed in multiple laundry baskets, you are too overwhelmed to even entertain tackling it.
Doing one just ONE load a day will prevent all of the dirty laundry piling up in the first place.
When you feel disorganized everywhere else in your life, hearing your kids or your husband complain they don’t have any clean clothes makes you feel at the end of your tether. Keeping on top of laundry is the best policy.
How can I find time to do laundry every day?
You might be thinking that this is absolutely crazy as you barely have enough time for everything else in your hectic day. Truthfully, doing a load each day will actually save you time in the long run.
I like to throw on a load each morning, first thing. Once it has finished washing and drying, I do my best (trust me this doesn’t happen every time) to fold it and put it away right after it has finished drying.
This will avoid it sitting in the dryer or a basket for days on end. Plus, I hate IRONING and will avoid it at all costs. If I fold or hang up the clothes right after they have dried, they usually stay pretty wrinkle-free.
If your laundry piles aren’t too huge, maybe you only have one or 2 kiddos, you might be able to get away with doing laundry every other day or even every few days. It is important to pinpoint what days you will do laundry and stick to those days, while following these same principles.
8. Do things right away and put things right away
If you can master this one, you will be golden! This principle works all around the board and can save you so much time. It also helps you eliminate forgetting lots of things.
Whether it’s responding to a text or putting folded laundry right away, if you do the task as soon as you can you will find yourself with extra time by the end of it.
How can I implement this principle?
This is a pretty straightforward answer. You just DO IT. As soon as you remember or have a task at hand, try to complete it right away.
I often find if I don’t respond to a message right away or take that thing back to Amazon as soon as I start the return process, I will forget and then remember when it’s almost too late!
If you get something out, put it away as soon as you are done with it. When you are cooking dinner, put the ingredients away as soon as you have finished with them. Start loading the dishwasher while preparing dinner.
These simple things will help the cleanup much easier and save you a bunch of time.
Staying organized while being a stay at home mom doesn’t need to seem like such a daunting task. Yes, it takes some consistency and dedication, but it is so worth it in the grand scheme of things.
I hope these simple tips I mentioned help you feel a bit more organized as a mother and help your days go more smoothly.
What are some tactics you like to use to stay organized as a stay at home mom?