With the never-ending to-do list and not enough time in the day, it can be hard to find balance as a stay-at-home mom. But don’t let this deter you from doing your best! A little creativity and getting organized can help make your day run smoothly, and we’ve got great tips on how you can do just that.
You may be tempted to say that you’ll wing it and figure out how to get organized when you’re already home with your kids. However, the truth is that you need organization before and during the day. There are several tools available to help you do this.
Get a Planner
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy planners to get an effective system in place. You can use a Family Organizer to post so that everyone knows what is going on at a glance. If you’re already an Outlook user, great! If not, try a free app. You can use it to make grocery lists in advance and add items as you run out. It also allows you to keep track of tasks and other events so that you can schedule time for them.
Get a To-Do List
Making to-do lists is a great way to stay on top of things, and you can easily do this with a notebook and pen as you run out of the house each morning. A free printable to-do list works even better.
Get a Calendar
This tool is great because it can combine your to-do list and planner. A calendar allows you to add tasks and events, ensuring everything is on your radar. Post your family calendar in an area that allows everyone in the household to see what’s being planned.
Get an App to Book Services
House cleaning services, on-demand dog walkers, and other types of services can be found in apps. This makes it easy to find an appropriate person in your area at the touch of a button. Many will also allow you to list things that need to be done and arrange payments when it’s time.
For the to-dos that are important but not urgent, set reminders on your phone so that you can stay on top of them. This way, you’ll never forget to pick up milk at the store, no matter how busy your day gets.
If you have children, they may be able to help out with chores around the house. This bit of responsibility will show them what it takes to stay organized and keep things running smoothly. Young kids love to help with chores, so start them early and show them how to complete their chores, they will take pride in their work from an early age.
A bit of creativity and organization can go a long way to helping you feel more on top of things. It’s possible to get help from apps and other tools, but the most important thing is to make sure you keep a good handle on your family, your chores, and your responsibilities.
By Emma Sturgis