I know a lot of people have new year’s resolutions and goals that they have set.
Did you know that one way to make sure that your goals are if you are more organized? So let me share a few tips with you to help you get organized this year.
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Wake up early
First, wake up before the kids. I have found that waking up even just 15 minutes, 30 minutes if you have little ones, is what really helps with getting organized for the day. It helps eliminate feeling rushed and chaotic in the mornings.
Take some time in the mornings to organize your day and take a few minutes out for a little self-care.
Leave a room with something
With little ones and many toys, it can be challenging to keep your house organized and tidy. One easy way to keep your house a little more tidy throughout the day is this simple tip: Whenever you leave a room, take something out that goes to another room.
You can even have your little one help with this when doing chores around the house.
For instance, if you are going upstairs to get something, take an item with you that belongs upstairs with you to put back in its proper place.
In my house, my little guys like to take their toys and put them in random parts of the house when they are done with them. If I am already going upstairs to another room that I know the toys belong in, I will take it with me.
This is an easy way to keep the house more organized.
Use bath time
Now if you have little ones like me, bath time can be a time for kids to play and have fun.
Take advantage of the fun time that they are having in the bathtub and tidy up around the bathroom while they are in the tub.
You can wipe the mirrors and the countertops quickly if your child isn’t having that much fun.
If they love the water, you could easily clean the bathroom while they are playing with their bath toys.
Get help from the kids
Have your little ones help you with chores and keeping things organized. You may think that your little one is too young to do chores.
Believe it or not, you can get kids started with chores when they are walking and grasping things well. Toddlers are more than capable of helping out with a few things around the house.
Having someone to help is essential because you can’t do it all by yourself. So getting the kids involved! You can do this in a fun way without making it seem like a chore.
For example, my two-year-old started helping when he was one. He loves to play with blocks. But he also likes to make a big mess with the blocks.
I don’t pick up blocks. I tell him to put the blocks back in the bag. And he will.
Mind you it takes a little time. But at least he can do that and then I can take care of something else.
Another way to keep toys from taking over your house is to have the kids put away their toys before meal time.
For instance, you can tell the kids to put away your toys before you come to the table and eat and dinner. This is an easy way to reduce the clutter that can build up around the house.
Now for the teenagers. One hack that I’ve found when I was a teenager back in the day is to tell your child you can’t leave until all your chores are done. So let’s just say your teenager is wanting to go to the movies with some friends.
Let your teenager know, you go to the movies but you gotta make sure all your chores are done before you go. This means clean up their room doing the dishes and whatever other chores they have.
But of course, make sure to tell them in advance so they have enough time to get these chores done.
The next thing is working together. Try turning off the TV and get off all electronics and everyone work together to help clean up around the house. But while they’re cleaning it doesn’t have to be boring.
Talk and make jokes to make it a way of getting the house organized and clean as well as having some quality time.
This makes it more fun and makes the time go by quicker. Make sure to start your little ones out young.
Don’t wait until they’re 12 to try to get them to start doing chores. It is a lot more painful for both of you this way.
Tackle the closet
Next, hit up the closet. Because this is one overlooked place that usually needs some organization.
Take some time once a year or so to get rid of clothes, shoes, and accessories that you’re no longer wearing.
Also, try to tackle the first thing that you see when you come into the house. Make sure that the area is organized.
For me, it is the entryway that usually has shoes and jackets laying around.
Have a schedule
We’ve covered many ways to keep the home more organized. Now let’s cover a few things to help keep life more organized.
A big thing that will really help you with getting organized is having a schedule.
Make a list of all of the things that you have to get done. Then create a schedule so that you can have a daily routine.
Then plug all important events, deadlines and things to remember into your calendar. This can be on your phone on an app like Google calendar or planner like this. I personally like to write everything down. But I still use the Google calendar to help give me extra reminders.
It may sound silly but put in everything in your planner. Mommy time for self-care, exercise, lunch dates, kids school project due dates. Everything so that you can see it. And not forget.
Take time to get organized for the week
One thing that has helped make Mondays easier is taking time on Sunday to plan out the week. Look at your calendar and see if there are things that you need to move around. Or something that you have overlooked.
Then plan out meals for the week so you don’t have to constantly ask “what’s for dinner.” I use my weekly planner and meal planner (that you can download for FREE) to do this. then based off of what I have on the meal planner, I am able to create a grocery list.
Instead of going to the grocery store hungry and picking up unnecessary things, I use the Wal-Mart Grocery App. If you haven’t done this, you have to give it a try!
It is super easy. Add the items your cart based off of your grocery list. Then pick a time to pick up your groceries and place your order.
Then go to Wal-Mary and park in the designated spots at the pickup time. And they load the groceries in your car for you! You don’t even have to get out the car. Then, you’re done!
If you want to take prepping for the week to the next level, you can even do meal prep on Sundays if you know that you are going to have a busy week.
There you have it. Several steps that you can take to get your more organized this year!
Let me know in the comments what works for you.