My name is Mari and I started Living in Mommywood, back in August 2013 in hopes of sharing a laid back approach to all things parenting related. Live Love Laugh. Visit me at http://livingmommywood.blogspot.com
One of the perks of doing something you love is meeting people who equally enjoy what they do and their work reflects that joy. Such has been the opportunity to connect with the lovely Bonnie Joy Dewkett of thejoyfulorganizer .
An amazing site dedicated to all things related to organization. From your Kitchen cabinets to your Home Office to the Kids room and so much more. Let’s face it, all things run better when your organized. I live for that motto and how I have managed to live my life, have a family, work outside the home, have plenty of me time and still be stress free reflects that. So imagine my surprise when Bonnie reached out to me and asked me to write a blog post for her relating to organization and life!
Of course I said yes and jumped at the chance to share tips on how to start and maintain some sort of check list for stress free mommy or daddy life 🙂
The first step is admitting. Just like anything else admitting you have difficulty in maintaining certain structure is key to making this “check list” more fun and doable.
Once that is clear we can move on.
I find that life with little ones there can only be but so much that you keep organized but it is something that can be done.
Start with a place for everything and everything in its place. If you get use to taking that extra step it will save you some time later.
-drawers in order
-designated place for toys and playtime
-bottles, caps, warmers and so forth all in one place
-diapers, lotions, pins, wipes same spot
-arrange clothes in closet by colors or texture or seasons if you have the space. If you don’t colors and textures will do, it allows for easy grab depending on weather and activity
-set a weeks worth of outfits together and hang them up, this way you again just grab and go
-if this is too much then set clothes aside night before
-always replenish your diaper bag needs when you get home from outing. If you wait until next time you are going out you will be running around grabbing stuff and you WILL forget something
-allow the little ones to wear less clothing around the house, it’s ok. This will also save on all those loads of laundry and your laundry time. Leaving you room for something else or just for you time.
-keep plenty of wipes around, easy clean up and less of a hassle.
Moms and Dads this is for you.
-laundry shouldn’t be a daily task, set aside a day or two and specific hours for that
-set work clothes aside night before
-just like the kids arrange your closets and personal space in order that works best for easy grab and go
-don’t allow mail to pile up. I’ve never understood that but apparently some people do have that issue
-nap time for kids doesn’t always mean work or clean time for parent, slow things down by taking this time for yourself. Read, write, call a friend, take a nap yourself. It doesn’t have to be every day but it should be at least a day
-learn easy and quick meals to make so it allows more time with the family, more communication and less clean up
-speaking of clean up…everyone chips in!
-have a visible calendar where everyone can see upcoming activities, events etc…
-learn to say NO. One of the biggest fails in organization is doing too much and overextending your time with others. Your day shouldn’t be full all the time
-set specific bedtime for the kids and stick to it, this will allow more me time
-use kids playtime, television time and other activities that keeps them occupied to do house work and errands
-learn to use play dates as your tools to stay on point with things at home and to free up your time for grown up activities
The goal is to have things run smoothly or at least smoother with order as oppose to chaos and drained energy without. To have fun and to enjoy life, family, home, work and others. Organization is the key to stress free living, give it a try!