All moms share the same problem: lack of enough time to do everything, let alone do them well. So, you’re either tripping over toys or having some other difficulty because you rarely have time to get things organized. Your spouse is also counting on you, exerting more pressure on you to rush through all duties, from doing laundry to scrubbing bathtubs to shopping for groceries.
Stay Organized With These Ideas
- Keep things you use often in an obvious spot – don’t waste time looking for things like baby wipes, scissors, your phone, and other things you use often. Things like recipes, parenting information, and favorite articles from printouts or magazines should be organized in a binder where you can find them easily.
- Keep your bills in a box – keep your files together and pay them online if possible. This will keep you from having to buy envelopes and stamps. You could even sign up to receive your bills electronically.
- Keep things you don’t need in labeled boxes – to keep things from getting too disorganized, it is important that you routinely get rid of clutter and unused items. When you notice clothes, beddings, damaged toys, or other things that are unlikely to be used again, put them in boxes or storage bins labeled “donate”, “trash”, or “consign” and put them in your garage.
- Stay on schedule – limit your personal email/computer time and stick to it, so you don’t compromise on other things. Also choose a single day to run all your errands, and schedule any doctor appointments in the mornings to avoid long waits.
Make Use of Time-Saving Apps
- Volunteer Spot – this is a free web-based coordination tool designed for busy moms, teachers, or anyone else who needs to coordinate other people for activities. The system has automatic reminders so all scheduled people for activities don’t miss the event.
- Ruckus Reader – this iPad learning program is a library of mobile applications offering narrated video books, digital storybooks, and a bunch of literary activities for kids. The app provides the parent or guardian with weekly feedback on the child’s reading experience and progress based on in-app reading skills, like word recognition and phonics, fluency, alphabet knowledge, story comprehension, print awareness, and sequencing.
- Manila – a free web household account and bill organizer available on PC and mobile. It is designed to help you manage accounts, such as utility bills, credit cards, subscriptions, travel reward programs, and daily deals, among others.
There are many other ideas and apps you can use to make parenting easier, but most of them point to organizing yourself, identifying what needs to be done, and setting time frames. Start by creating a list of things that need to be done every day, every week, and every month, and then prioritize.