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Organisation Tips for Busy Mums
At Vileda we know that juggling work and home life can be somewhat chaotic. From taking the kids to their after school clubs, to managing your finances, to battling a never ending list of chores (not to mention the fact you work too) – we feel you!
We’ve done some research and it turns out we can actually have it all; with a little prep work and organising throughout the week, you really can juggle all of these things.
Check out our tips below to get you on your way to a more organised chaos.
- Morning Routine
A solid morning routine is the number one rule to achieving domestic bliss (or as close as possible). And the secret to forming a flawless morning routine I hear you ask..? it starts the night before.
So each night after dinner has been eaten and homework completed, make sure you tick as many things off your morning ‘to do’ list as possible. Get lunch boxes ready, breakfast prepped, school bags and reading material packed, school uniform laid out and school activity equipment (violin, football kit, ballet shoes) by the front door. Anything to give you a head start the following day, so you can make sure you get time for your morning coffee whilst the kids are brushing their teeth – we all know it’s a must for hardworking Mums!
- Find the right calendar
You wouldn’t be caught at work without your calendar, so why wouldn’t you utilise one at home?
You’ll find a variety of calendars that have been made solely for busy Mums, with sections for both work and home life. Make sure you schedule everything including meetings, after school activities, chores and ‘you time.’ And for next level organising, try colour coding each area of your life and adding icons or stickers to indicate the most important jobs of the day.
Finally, using your personal calendar as a reference, add everything that applies to family life on to a large wall planner for everyone to see.
Rather than trying to think of yourself as Superwoman and trying to complete everything yourself, think of yourself as the CEO of your family and delegate!
There’s a lot of controversy over what age kids should start helping out around the house and whilst you may not get a small child cleaning the bathroom, you can teach them to clear up after themselves and give you a helping hand. Get them to put their shoes, coat and bag away as soon as they come through the door and to take responsibility for packing their own books and lunch boxes. And if you do have older kids, by all means get them involved in the housework.
Finally, give each person in your household a different colour on the family planner so they can see what tasks they need to complete each day.
- Trade Time
There are benefits of making friends with the Mum’s at school and not just so you can have a little moan or need a little advice, but for when you need a little you time.
Buddy up with a school friend and take it in turns to take the kids to school or to their after school activities. Or earn yourself the evening off by giving your friend an evening off that week too.
- Little and Often
There are two kinds of people in life, the ones who clean daily but never seem to be on top of it, and the ones who ignore the cleaning all week only to spend a whole day cleaning from top to bottom. But what if we said you could be the third kind?
Minimise the amount of ‘big cleans’ you need to complete by cleaning as you go; put your clothes away after you change into your PJ’s, spray and wipe the shower after showering, wipe work surfaces after prepping food and wash the pots after dinner. Then once or twice a week give the house a polish, hoover and mop, and you’re good to go!
- Waiting to Do’s
Having kids can mean a lot of waiting around – waiting for netball to finish, or for parents evening to start – when instead you should be at home ticking things off your to-do list.
So why not put together a ‘waiting to-do bag’ full of bills that need paying, birthday cards that need writing, recipe research & planning or personal projects that need completing. Then next time you have 30 minutes down time sat in yet another waiting room or in your car, you can make sure you’re being productive instead of being bored or impatient. It’ll feel good to tick off those menial tasks!
- Learn to say No!
Saying no can be difficult and as a result we often end up over filling an already hectic schedule.
You know the scenario: You have an evening free and endeavour to get on top of the cleaning (the house looks like a disaster zone after all). Before you know it, your friend is on the phone asking if you can let her dog out, your husband wants you to sort out the council tax as he is held up at work and your daughter is wondering if her friend can come for tea instead of going to theirs! And before you know it finding the time to clean (and maybe even some time to relax) is slipping further and further away.
Instead of saying yes, prioritise and say no to the rest. Try not to feel guilty for doing so either and you’ll find you tick more things off your own to do list throughout the week.