Wouldn’t it be great to be “that mom?" The one who has it all together and is prepared for everything, despite her jam-packed schedule? While nobody is perfect, no matter how great they may seem, it’s possible to use some very simple tips and tricks to master organization.
Use the following tips and tricks to make your own life a lot easier and to make yourself into “that mom” in the eyes of those around you:
Get yourself ready, then start on everything else – Despite your instinct to get the kids ready before you, focus on yourself first instead, even if it means setting your alarm clock fifteen or thirty minutes earlier. Once you’re washed, dressed and ready, you can deal with the kids. That way, you won’t run out of time before you can get yourself set. If you’re worried about something spilling on your outfit before you head out the door, go old-school and wear an apron until it’s time to head off.
Prep dinner the night before or in the morning – Wash, peel, and chop veggies, shred cheese, and do anything else that can be done in advance. Do it either the night before or in the morning, whenever it makes the most sense to your schedule. That way, once dinnertime comes, most of the work is done. Once 5:00 rolls around, you don’t have to think about what to have, and you won’t need a lot of time to make it. Even the clean-up will be easier.
They live on a schedule – If you set wake-up times, meals, and bedtimes on a schedule that rarely changes (even on weekends), it will mean that kids are more likely to be hungry at mealtimes, tired at bedtime, and ready to get up in the morning when the alarm goes off. When their bodies agree with the schedule you’ve set, you’ll face less of a hassle in getting them to get up, get to the table, or get to bed.
Do laundry regularly– Doing laundry every day can help you to stay on top of things. Run the washer first thing in the morning or the moment you walk in the door. That way, it will be done by the time you’re ready for the next step. Keeping on top of laundry will stop it from becoming an overwhelming task. Suddenly, it can become a simple, regular part of your day that you don’t even have to think about.
Wipe down the bathroom – Whenever your hand towel is ready for the laundry, use it to wipe the countertop and sink. While your kids brush their teeth, give the toilet a scrub. By keeping the bathroom regularly wiped as a part of your regular routine, it will make the actual cleanings quite quick and easy. Buildup won’t have had the opportunity to happen.
Make time for you – Recognize that you’re pretty awesome but you’re not super-human. You need to be realistic and that means scheduling some time for yourself to be lazy, procrastinate, and do something fun just for you. Whether that means painting your toenails, reading a book, or watching the latest romantic comedy, take the steps you need to buy yourself some down-time. Otherwise, you’ll be miserable and you’ll burn out. After all, “that mom” never burns out! But have you seen her toenails? They’re always painted!