Life is busy these days! We all have a hundred things to do every day. It can be tough to manage it all, especially for moms who are caring for a family. Here are some simple tips for moms to get organized so they can get more done and relax.
1. Alphabetize all those store loyalty cards
If you’re like me, you collect piles of those store cards that help us save money. But sorting through the mess at the register counter can be a pain. Use an organizer like Card Cubby to keep everything organized in one spot – while being fashionable at the same time!
2. Split up your housework by day
Instead of exhausting yourself by cleaning the house on one day, split each room up by day. Do the bathrooms on Monday, the living room on Tuesday, etc. Each should take less than an hour and you won’t ever feel drained from cleaning the ENTIRE house.
3. Get rid of stuff!
Take a look at all the things in your life. You have thirty pairs of shoes, but only wear five. Does that table by the door serve a purpose, or is it just a spot to drop things? Is your house cluttered with stuff and some of it can be packed away, sold or donated? This will save you time organizing all the clutter and you can easily choose a pair of shoes once the mountain of unworn, “I will wear them someday” shoes are cleaned out. Plus, donating feels good!
4. Use a calendar on your phone
Instead of organizing appointments on the backs of business cards, scraps of paper and napkins, use a comprehensive calendar on your phone. This will save you time from not having to write, look for, rewrite because your first note was messy or on a napkin that’s now ripping, etc. Ideally you want one calendar that syncs with other devices.
5. Use clear storage organizers
Wherever you pack things away in your home (pantry, closet, etc.), place items in see-through boxes so you can identify what you need without searching much. Group like things together.
6. Label it all!
You might know where everything is kept, but others won’t. A simple label on the outside of a container or bag will prevent others from making a mess looking for the item they need. It will also encourage them to put things back where they found them, which is less reorganizing for you.
7. Prepare the night before
Get everything you need ready for the next day the night before. Pack your bag, gym bag, purse, and/or briefcase and set it by the door. If you have trouble remembering to bring things, place it right in front of the door so you have to touch it to get out.
8. Set up outfits a week in advance
Instead of rummaging through drawers and closets each morning to make outfits for you and the kids, line everything up on Sunday so there’s no guessing throughout the week. This can shave a half-an-hour off the morning routine for some people. You can hang the designated outfits in order or place them in a drawer that holds only your “Outfits for the Week.”
9. Run errands at one time
Pick a day to do all the running around and get it all done while the other parent stays with the kids. By yourself, with a plan, you should be able to bang them out quickly without any delays. Having to pack up the kids and go to the store every couple days is time consuming and will quickly eat up the time in your day.
10. Schedule me time
The best way to add more “me time” to each day is to schedule it in like any other appointment or task. Taking time for yourself gives you the chance to refresh, regroup, and fell joy in your moments of peace. Me time can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee or tea on the porch in the morning, taking the dog for a walk, taking a bath and reading a book, going for a walk, etc. Take 15 – 30 minutes each day for you!
Written by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer
For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.
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