It’s hard enough to be a parent these days, let alone an organized one. We are all so busy, and as our kids get older, they just get busier too. A play-date here, soccer practice there, after-school activity there, you get the picture. It’s hard to maintain a tidy home with so many other things to worry about. Here are 6 ways to help you become a more organized parent.
- Do a monthly purge. Kids grow up so fast, and are constantly out growing their clothes. Get rid of all their old clothes that don’t fit anymore. Whether you are planning to keep them for a younger sibling or donate them, keep a basket upstairs in their closet (if you have the space) and occasionally put items in there as you see them. This way, it’s not as overwhelming to do it all in one sitting.
- Clean up as you go. Do the dishes soon after you use them (or as soon as you can) so they don’t pile up and become overwhelming. After dinner, have the kids play for a little while to give you some time to tidy up a bit. You don’t have to do everything now, but do as much as you can, so that it’s not as overwhelming to do later, after they are asleep (and you are more exhausted).
- Run the dishwasher every night. Once you are done cleaning up the kitchen from dinner, run the dishwasher before you go to sleep. This way, you wake up to clean dishes (instead of dirty ones from the night before).
- Give everything a place. It’s a good idea to try to give everything a place to be put away. It makes clean up time easier for you and for your kids. Try using a storage bin for each type of toy. For example, all of the Legos should be put in one bin, all of the balls in another, cars in another, and so forth. Not only will this enable you to keep their playroom tidy, but it will also make it easier for the kids to help clean up too.
- Keep a to-do list. As parents, let’s face it, we are all sleep-deprived, and don’t remember much of anything these days, unless we write it down. So keep a to-do list of everything you need to get done. It makes actually tackling your tasks much easier.
- Plan ahead. Try to do as much as you can at night once the kids are asleep. I know it’s so easy to just plop on the couch and catch up on your favorite TV shows, but to be an organized parent, we must utilize the time we have as much as we can to prep for the day ahead. For example, use this time you have the night before to make the kids lunches (don’t forget to include a honey pop in them!) so you get that time back in the morning, and don’t feel as rushed getting out the door.
Try following a few of these tips. Not only will you be more organized, but it’s likely you will be happier and your kids will be too.
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