The following are six secrets of organized moms, and how they do it all and make it look easy.
1. Buy a white board calendar. One organized mom suggests that every mom invest in a big white board, possibly one that has a calendar built in. This way everyone in the family has an easy time seeing what is going on for the week, and adding their own activities in as needed. This should be placed in a central location in the house, and should be reviewed at the start of each week. That way everyone in the family knows when there will be an activity or event they need to attend, such as a recital, game, competition, etc.
2. Cook once a week. One of the biggest secrets of organized moms is that of not belaboring things like meals. Keep a bag of fresh lettuce, and an assortment of veggies in your fridge, and then plan the main dish of your meals. Then take one day a week to prepare the ingredients, then freeze, or store until they are ready to be used. This cuts down on time, without cutting out on healthy meals. A plan for what you will eat each week ensures that you take the time to prepare it, defrost it, or have the right ingredients to make it.
3. Tell your family what you expect. Most organized moms would agree that without some family participation it simply would not work. So, they let their family know what they expect, and they have consequences for when those expectations are not met. Such expectations may be that the child is responsible for getting their uniform to mom at least a couple days in advance of when it is needed if it needs washing. It may include things like finding a ride if you need to be somewhere during a time when mom is already scheduled, such as on a date and time of a regularly scheduled activity, like piano lessons. Getting help from your family is going to help you stay far more organized.
4. Don’t over-do it. Organized moms know the one rule of thumb to being a mom, and that is to not over-extend yourself too much. If you have dance class on Monday, karate Tuesday, piano Wednesday, voice Thursday, and time with friends on Friday, when do you have time to make dinner, keep your house clean, etc.? You don’t. So, limit your children to one after school activity. This will help you stay sane, and help you be more than a taxi driver.
5. Places for everything. Organized moms do not have to search for their child’s backpack in the morning because they have a hook, a cubby, or something similar for their kid’s backpack. The organized mom has a place for everything, and helps their child to always follow the rules, and get their things where they go.
6. Routine. Organized moms follow routines so that they have some structure to their lives. Their children know when to do their homework, what is expected of them in the morning, and what time they can count on a meal. This is going to make life easier for everyone in the family.