Sometimes my days start and end and there’s a whirlwind that happens in between but still nothing actually gets done, and I don’t feel like an organised mum at all. I started having just one too many days like this with the not done stuff piling up and the whirlwind days becoming more chaotic. So here I am trying to start new habits and put new routines into action so I can be a better organised mum to unclutter my days and my mind.
Here’s what I’ve taken on to be a better organised mum:
- Waking up before my toddlers
I’m a much better person after I have my morning coffee and for my family to see me at my best I wake up half an hour before my toddlers so I can get dressed, wash my face and enjoy my first coffee of the day is key in my journey to being a better organised mum. This way I’ve given myself a head start on the day and am ready for my toddlers when they wake up.
- Daily checklists
I start each day with a daily check-list of any chores which need to be done. I talk about what needs to get done with my toddlers and try to involve them as much as possible. We draw pictures of what we are going to do and then at the end tick it off our list together.
- Weekly meal planner
Each week I prepare a weekly dinner planner and keep it on the fridge as a reminder to defrost anything which I might need that day. This has really helped in my journey to being an organised mum. I plan my grocery shopping based on these meals which means I don’t need to go to the supermarket as often. I also do a lot of my shopping online which not only saves time but also stops me from adding impulse items into my trolley.
- Keeping a calendar
As soon as I have arranged a playdate, or a work event, I write it on the calendar. I also ask my husband to write any social dates he has arranged on the calendar as well as any work commitments. It’s so easy to forget what has been planned when you’re focused on getting through each day’s regular activities. A calendar is a must for an organised mum.
- Getting my toddlers to bed early
I am very tempted after my toddlers are tucked up in bed to sit on the sofa with a glass of wine and catch my breath at the end of the day. But I know if I do this it will be that much harder to tidy the toys and clean the kitchen, so much so that I might not do it. As soon as I put them to bed I finish the chores so I can start tomorrow fresh knowing that glass of wine will be still be there for when I’ve finished.
This blog post was brought to you and your baby with love from Julia and the Itchy Baby Co. team x.