Updated: Jun 27, 2021
I have embraced who I am, I am me and I am organised AF.
It's no secret amongst my friends, family and work mates that I am the "organised" one. I used to feel a little weird that I wasn’t the "fun" and "spontaneous" one, even though I try sometimes. Deep down I always need to know the who, what, where, why... you get it. But now, I have embraced who I am, I am me and I am organised AF.
So, here are my top five tips to keeping, or at least trying to keeping it organised.
1. Plan ahead & schedule things in, especially when it comes to meals, washing and school days. By planning ahead, you know what's coming and by doing a small task such as packing school bags and lunches the day before, it's one less thing to stress about in the morning. Schedule in washing days, sheet days, kitchen days, toy room days, have little things to tick off each day of the week so it doesn't build up and all of a sudden you're under an avalanche of shit to do.
2. Use some form of calendar reminder system when booking in appointments and organising your week (and share the calendar with your partner!) The reminders are a god send, especially when mum brain, exhaustion and your patience meter at below zero all kick in and you are just not functioning. Plus, having a shared calendar means they know what's going on when they're not home, and what to expect when they are.
3. Have a routine in place that helps bring a sense of calm to the day. We have a pretty solid routine when it comes to dinner, bath, play & bed. Once I hit the time for this routine to kick in, I gain a sense of control (because let's be honest, the tiny humans try to overrule me) which gives me the extra push to get bedtime. A routine also means everyone knows what's going on, including your partner when they get back. Of course this routine can be fluid and change when it's needed but having one in place for the most part is a game changer.
4. Every night, clean the kitchen, and every morning, make your bed. It might seem like the last thing you want to do, but trust me, when you wake up in the morning and the heart of the home is clean, or your bed is nicely made, it brings that sense of control, you know the "Yeah gf, I've got this!" feeling, and that is worth the extra few minutes doing those things.
5. Make use of baby sitters and use that time to organise catch ups with friends. By having some set catch ups in place, you know when they're happening, what's happening with them, and you can then plan everything else accordingly! If you're like me, you can go one step further and peruse the menu so you don't waste any time out and can order that Margarita, stat! And this way, Mama is happy because she gets to fill her cup up spending time with her friends. Think of it as a much needed recharge.
Look, don't get me wrong, I am organised and I love being organised, but some days, my life is more like organised chaos. There are days where I feel like I am on top of my washing but then it gets to a school day and I realise, there are no effing clean shirts, or days where I just wanted to take my time to cook dinner (and enjoy it) but my kids have other ideas.
Once you learn to take the good with the bad, you realise that if you manage to kick at least one goal with organising for the day, everything else is a bonus. And when your partner is home, let your hair down, the load is shared now, so life can be a little more spontaneous!
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