Being a young mom comes with a whole set of challenges and struggles. I’m mean, your whole world just got turned upside-down in a matter of minutes when that little bundle of joy poked its head out. I found that one of the biggest challenges was to stay on top of
Over time, I found several strategies that really helped me (boy, was the beginning a mess!) and that will hopefully help you, too!
Here are my best tips to stay organized:
1 – Set your priorities
This is the first thing you should do. If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, then you probably already know I’m a huge fan of setting goals and priorities.
The simple reason for this is that it works!
Knowing why you are scheduling things into your day, and knowing what needs to be done and what would be nice if it got done, is vital to organizing your day effeciently.
So sit down in the morning, and decide what needs to be done first, what’s second, and so on.
Then start with number one!
Be sure to download my worksheet at the bottom or top of this post to help you out!
2 – Block your time
Having time blocked off for certain chores is the best way to ensure that they will get done. If you know you’ve got to do laundry that day, then make sure that you’ve got time throughout the day to do it, that lines up with when the washer is done, when the drier is done etc.
This will ensure that some of the little things, but no less important ones, such as taking some time for yourself (yes, this is important too!) don’t get swept under the rug.
So remember to block off time in your day for the different things that need to be done so that you don’t forget them.
3 – Know what to be flexible on
Sometimes you will not be able to do everything, it’s just a matter of life. No one, and I mean no one, can do it all. Yes, many moms seem like they can, but you only see what they want you to see. Their spotless house, their impeccable cooking skills, their wonderful gardens,…
But I can tell you without hesitation that they struggle just as much as you do with balancing everything.
They’ve just found a way to master organizing their day (which is what we’re doing here, so yipee!), but they’ve also found a way to be ok with allowing things to slip.
This is why knowing your priorities is so important. If your first priority is to do the laudry that day, then you probably shouldn’t let it slip.
But if it’s your last, after a busy and hectic day, then it can probably wait until the next day.
Alternatively, things can also crop up during the day that weren’t on your schedule to begin with. Now though, you’re going to have to make time for them. So know what’s ok to push aside for this new duty, and what needs to stay on your to-do list.
Se sure to download my worksheet at the bottom or top of this post to help you out!
4 – Schedule things ahead of time
Planning ahead is crucial to being organized. So at the beginning of the month, have a look at everything that’s coming up.
Any birthdays you need to plan for? Cakes you’re going to have to make? Any dinner invitations? Any gifts you’re going to have to buy? Are there going to be any seasonal events, like Easter or Halloween you need to plan for?
Write everything down on your calendar, and then work it into your daily schedule, so that you’re sure nothing gets left aside.
Never feel the stress of forgotting a huge party you had promised you would make an elaborate cake for, only to remember it the day before it’s due! (Um… nope, never happened to me, why do you ask?)
5 – Have it written down
Write your schedule down. It doesn’t matter if it’s printed out, written on a calendar or a post-it, as long as you don’t lose it.
Have it somewhere in plain sight, where you can easily refer to it. Try to put everything that needs to be done during the day on the schedule. That way, if it’s not on the schedule, you don’t do it!
This will keep you from wasting time doing things that you hadn’t planned on doing, and that don’t need to be done right then and there.
(yes, there are obvious exceptions to this, but I’m going to go right ahead and assume that you’re plenty smart enough to figure out what should be an exception, and what shouldn’t!)
6 – Start doing things in batches
This is a real game-changer if you stick to it.
The easiest thing to start doing in batches is food. Over the weekend, make huge quantities of several meals, then place them in individual freezer-safe containers.
This will allow you to have home-cooked meals ready super easily, without the hassle of having to cook everyday, multiple times a day.
But there are other things you can batch too, such as cleaning, answering your emails, paying your bills, etc. Try to think of stuff you do multiple times during the day or week, that you could batch up into one, single moment.
7 – Learn to say “no”
But what’s saying “no” got to do with staying organized?
I learned that the hard way. Because I’m a People Pleaser (read this if you want to find out what it is, and why it’s not a good thing!), I tended to say “yes” to everyone. It didn’t matter if the favor they were asking me would take a couple of minutes or a couple of hours. I always said “yes”.
This means that I would inevitably end up behind on my own things, because I had been busy helping someone else out.
So learn to say “no”, and to safe-guard your time to keep your head out of the water.
8 – Time with your children is important too
If you don’t remember to set time aside for your children, you might find yourself so busy with everthing else that’s tugging on your time that you’re not spending any quality time with your children.
Staying organized also means staying sane, and chances are that you’re quickly going to feel burned-out if you don’t set aside time to enjoy your little ones. So set it in your schedule, and enjoy some guilt-free time with them!
9 – Learn to let some things slide
This might seem counter-intuitive. Isn’t this a post about getting organized, so not letting things slide?
Nope. Nope it’s not.
This is a “take care of yourself post” skillfully disguized as a “get organized” post. Clever, huh?
The reason I’ve put this here is because I know first-hand how we’ve got a tendency to push ourselves to perfection. We keep pushing and pushing, but sooner or later, we break.
So learn now what you can let slide. What can wait until the next day, or even the next week?
Does that pan really need to be washed right this minute? Or is it ok to leave it until tomorrow (um… want a hint with this one? It’s ok to leave it…)
It can be hard sometimes, especially if you’re a perfectionnist and dislike leaving things undone or a little messy.
But do yourself a favor, and learn to get over the discomfort.
10 – Don’t be too hard on yourself
You’re a young mom, and being a young mom is in and of itself a tough job. You’re doing amazing, so don’t be too hard on yourself! Yes, you may feel like the dishes need to be done immediately, or that the laundry can’t possibly wait.
But it can. It really can.
Give yourself a break. Take some time to yourself, and don’t feel bad about it.
Once again, know your priorities, and allow some things to slip. It’s ok; you’re focusing on your kids, and that’s the most important, so be cool with yourself!
Download my worksheet at the bottom or top of this post to help you out!
In the end
Yes, it’s important to stay organized, mainly because otherwise you can feel overwhelmed and like you’re about 20 seconds away from losing your mind.
But it’s also important to take care of yourself, and be mindful that you don’t burn out.
So do what you feel you need to do, to stay on top of things and stay healthy. No matter what you may think, or what others may think, your little one needs a healthy mother above a tidy living-room.
What about you? What are your best tips for staying organized as a young mom? Anything to share? I’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment down below!
And in the meantime, take care,
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