One of the biggest challenges that mom’s face on a day-to-day basis is staying organized. Organization creates order and makes it easy for your brain to process and remember things. Disorganization creates distractions. Too many distractions in your life create B.S.O.S. (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome) and extreme stress. Add in the unpredictability of a child and your memory and sanity get shredded.
Most of us know the basics to staying organized; however, here are some unique organizational ideas that can make your life easier:
1) Organize Your Car
Mommies spend a significant amount of time in their cars. Making sure that your car is organized can make your day a lot easier and reduce stress. Use your glove compartment for storing pens, pencils, bandages and other basic stuff. Shelly Walker, a busy mother, keeps a lidded container in the back of the car that's only for her child's stuff." Certified professional organizer, Deborah Kinney, suggest that moms keep a small "just in case" bag in the car. Articles can include a change of clothes, sunscreen, snacks and even pajamas in case a spontaneous invitation pops up. "Then your child can say yes without you racing for home." In addition, you might want to have a garbage can in the garage near where you park your car. That way when you exit your car you can dump unnecessary items and papers. It’s a good way to keep clutter out of your house.
2) Create Caddies
A caddy is a container, rack, or other device for holding, organizing, or storing items. Having caddies for different tasks can save you significant searching time and eliminate unnecessary mental stress. Amber Weaver of Robesonia, PA has several different caddies, all ready to grab and go for different cleaning duties. She has cleaning supplies in one large bucket (don't forget the scrub brush and rubber gloves), a caddy with dusting, disinfecting, and window cleaners (plus rags), and a bucket with floor cleaners and related items.
3) Single Sock Bag
Moms spend an inordinate amount of time just trying to find matching socks. What’s the solution? Anne Hedekin of Poway, CA has the answer. "To keep up with the constant singleton-sock dilemma, I keep a clear plastic bag in each childs drawer (and now my husband's). Every time we come across a party of one when putting away clean laundry, we check the bag. We either find the mate or put the newly single sock in that person's bag for the next go-round."
4) Color-Code the Family
Certified Professional Organizer Deborah Kinney says assigning each family member a color can make life much easier when trying to get out the door or planning for the next day. "You always know whose is whose," she says. Some moms use different color nail polishes to mark each family member’s clothes. Are the kids too old for colors? Simply labeling items with names works well, too.
5) Cubby It
To maintain some sort of sanity, mom’s need to establish rules and systems. The rules and systems must be flexible enough not to become a source of stress for the grown-ups trying to enforce them. Cubbies are great tools for moms to use as organizers and a way to condition your children to put things away. Cubbies suggest an organizational process to kids. For boys, cubbies in wall units and dressers that can contain clothes, toys, games, and art supplies, organized as they wish. Their cubbies can hold whatever they like, as long as what comes out goes back in somewhere. Cubbies make it easy for kids to put their things away and easy to avoid parental chastisement.
Try implementing a few of these ideas today. They’ll help you with your B.S.O.S. and make your life a heck of a lot easier.