But, this isn’t so much about how to organize as it is about the importance of staying organized when you’re trying to take care of a busy family. All the baskets and bins in the world won’t help you keep your sanity if you don’t first figure out the basics of organizing your life.
It’s natural to feel stress when you have children to worry about. However, there is a big difference between the normal everyday stress we feel trying to take care of our family’s schedule and feeling so stressed we can’t function properly.
It’s easy to understand why so many moms feel this pressure. Not only do we have to worry about keeping the house orderly, but we also have to worry about making sure there are clean clothes, food on the table, homework done, extracurricular activities managed, and much more. All of this stuff mentally and emotionally weighs us down. This is why it’s so important that moms find a way to get organized. It’s more than getting stuff done; it’s keeping our peace of mind, our sanity, and keeping our family happy.
With the right kind of organization, there is no reason why you should always be drowning in stress. Sadly, many moms don’t understand the importance of getting their homes, and lives, organized, not just to get things done, but for their sanity. But, we are about to learn.
Organization comes in many different forms, and these forms are different from person to person. The following are two classic distinctions between the ways moms manage to organize their family life:
- Schedules: Some moms need lists and visuals for the events in their family’s life. For example, some moms find that making ‘To-Do’ lists each night helps them prepare for the next day while keeping them organized. Other moms like to use a chalk or dry erase board to create a chart containing everything that needs to be done on various days. These charts may contain anything from soccer games to dentist appointments to when the bathroom needs to be cleaned. These moms are the calendar driven moms.
- Objects: Other moms may be great at keeping track of the family’s schedule, but feel stressed when the house is disorganized and they have trouble finding backpacks, homework, shopping lists, and all the ‘things’ in the day rather than the schedule. These are the moms who need to focus more on creating strategic planning centers in the home. The calendar and ‘To-Do’ lists are perfectly executed, but the items needed for the comings-and-goings of the family need to organized. These moms are driven by having everything in a row, ready to go.
The truth about the scenarios above is that these are just a few of the many ways moms organize their household and family. The important thing to keep in mind is that you focus on narrowing down the source of your stress. Once you know what it is that causes you to feel so stressed that you can’t function properly, you can begin to organize that area in your life.
It’s also important to remember that stress is a family issue, not just a mom issue. Don’t feel as if you have to do this all on your own. Your family is in this together and you should expect help.
Reducing your stress level is very important – for you and your family. When mom feels less stress and the family is supporting her in the household’s organization, everyone benefits and the home is happier. Once mom’s stress and worry is reduced, everyone will be able to focus on what’s really important – the family.
It’s amazing how much more clearly we can think and how much better we feel when our life is organized. When you can look at the day’s events and move easily through your schedule, your mind is free to relax. When you can grab the items you need as you walk out the door without searching and fretting, your mind is free to relax. Do you see a pattern? Moving smoothly through the day means less stress – plain and simple. Don’t you deserve that, mom? And doesn’t your family deserve a happy, healthy, sane mom?
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You’ll also find some helpful printable checklists that will keep you on task and allow you to track your progress.
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