Bad As A Mother

Are you bad as a mother?

My life is insane. I work a million jobs and my hours vary from week to week. Since I suffer from severe FOMO, I never say no to social events. I am the administrator of a women’s networking group, a babysitting group, and a few others on Facebook. Oh yeah, and I run this blog. When you are as busy as I am, organization is the name of the game. I’m all about streamlining and saving time. Here are my top organization tips to save your crazy life!

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The Cleanup Bin:

If you are like me, you enjoy having people over to visit. I love letting the kids play and enjoy themselves, but when all is said and done, my playroom looks a bit like a tornado hit it. Luckily I have friends who always want to help with the organization efforts. This would be fabulous if I wasn’t a Type-A psychopath. All I’m usually thinking about is how I will have to reorganize everything they have put away, since they have put it all in the wrong place.

Enter the cleanup bin. This bin is amazing because it provides two excellent solutions to my playroom woes. First, it allows my friends to feel like they have helped me out. Second, and possibly more importantly, it allows me to return all the toys from the floor into their proper locations in the playroom. See? Just get a big canvas or plastic bin like THIS and when you have guests, bust it out for a clean sweep!

Breakfast Hustle:

Some mornings I am lucky to be able to leave the house after a few hours of waking. Most days, that simply isn’t the case. It’s really important to me that my daughter have a healthy and filling breakfast. Since we are on a pretty tight budget, simply running out and grabbing something isn’t usually the most cost-effective. Breakfast organization is paramount when it comes to a stress-free morning.

For breakfast, I bulk prep and freeze. Pancakes are one of my favorite things to freeze because they are so easy to reheat and they taste great. Each month I rotate the flavors according to the season. November was pumpkin and this month is hot cocoa. Since I like to rotate each day so that my daughter doesn’t get bored, I make egg cups, muffins and waffles to freeze as well. Items that stay in the fridge for a few days and don’t take too much effort are my overnight oats and french toast bake. Each recipe can be customized to your child’s liking with minimal effort and can be heated up in less than two minutes. How’s that for an easy breakfast?

Here are some of my favorites:

Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Paleo Pumpkin Waffles

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Overnight Oats

Laundry Schedule:

I know this sounds crazy, but I do laundry almost everyday. If you prefer every few days, that’s okay but hear me out. I really despise the length of time it takes a typical laundry cycle. By the time all the loads are ready, I’m so over folding and putting away. Behold the laundry Schedule! By scheduling only one load of laundry per day, I can get a smaller amount processed to completion in a single day. Fewer things to put away means that I’m much less likely to leave piles in the laundry basket at the foot of my bed. Amiright?

Lunch Chart:

Nobody likes to get bored with what they’re eating, which is why I use a lunch chart for my daughter. Because I use the YUMBOX  (which by the way is amazing) I am able to plan out each section for the week so I can mix things up. I use a whiteboard but you can certainly use a printout! Each day, I don’t have to waste time thinking about what I will put into her lunchbox, I simply follow the plan. This is especially helpful when I haven’t packed it the night before and we are super pressed for time in the morning!

Killer Filing System:

One of my favorite organization sites is A Bowl Full of Lemons. With her filing system, I literally changed my life. Using this filing system has allowed me to stay organized with multiple jobs, tax receipts, school notifications, and other accounts. I did create some modifications, but this basic overview was a great place to start. Each Monday, I grab my stack of mail and get to sorting. At the end of the year, I can pack all of the relevant information into one single file in case I ever need it. It’s a great way to stay organized when there is lots of paperwork.

Hair Bows & Clips:

You ladies with girls know my pain. Those tiny little rubber bands and clips seem to be everywhere. I was so tired of sifting through them each morning while trying to get out of the house. I bought this Wood Desk Carousel  and sorted the bows and clips by color. It makes it so much easier to find the things I need when the colors are organized. These are pretty easy to find and I love that it matches my daughter’s room so that I can leave it out on her dresser. Note to self, you may want to put it away when guests come over because little ones love to dump these out!

The Sick Caddy:

The sick caddy is one of my favorite things. It simply this Shower Caddy where I put all of the stuff that someone might need when they’re feeling sick. It contains everything from tissues and cough drops to Tylenol and NyQuil. This caddy is especially helpful when your child wakes up at 3 in the morning with a fever. It’s so much easier to just grab the caddy as opposed to looking through all of your medicine cabinets or bins to find the right medicine. It’s also helpful to leave by your bedside if you aren’t feeling well. Everything is there and you don’t have to go rifling through your cabinets in the middle of the night. Such a lifesaver when you or your kids are sick.

 

There are so many ways to get organized, but these are just some of the things I cannot live without!  Would love to hear some of the ways you save time and effort with organizational tips like this. After all, saving time is truly mom’s best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Busy Mom’s Essential Organization Tips

  1. Love that sick caddy idea and the clean up bin!!! I too am type A. The toy clutter is driving me nuts #notoysforxmas. Well maybe just a few.

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