Being a mom can be the most stressful job in the world. You have to manage your children, household and personal life and can often lead to feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. However, with a little organization and patience you can become a supermom, multitasking like a pro. Here are some tips incredibly organized moms do on a daily basis to start the perfect day:
1. Take care of yourself first
When you are starting your day it’s important to put your best foot forward. Whether that means you like to spruce yourself up with some make up, or you prefer a bar face skincare routine, feeling your best in the morning is important and can help set the tone for your day. Plenty of moms find themselves pressed for time in the morning, but even a quick dab of Dior skin Airflash Spray, one of the best foundations for sensitive skin, can make you feel like a whole new person. Take a few minutes every morning to get yourself feeling great and ready to take on the day!
2. Set things up for later in the day
Mornings are excellent for prepping for the rest of the day. You can set up a crock pot dinner to cook during the day or simply take a few minutes to write down any groceries you might need for the week to pick up later. If you currently have an infant, the cooking process is less arduous but still requires planning to ensure the best nutrition. If you and your family tend to go through a lot of laundry, starting a load in the morning, or organizing clothes to be done later in the day is a great way to break up the chore.
3. Get the best gear
If you are the mother to a newborn, you are very limited in free time since they require constant watch. Having the best gear for taking care of your baby can help let you go about your day while also managing your newborn. This could mean splurging for the best lightweight double stroller, leaving you unencumbered by a bulky stroller, or investing in an ergonomical baby carrier to bring your bundle of joy wherever you go. Having gear you can trust and enjoy using can help you go about your day much more efficiently.
4. Maintain a calendar
Coordinating schedules for your entire family can be a time consuming and relentless task. Having a calendar located in an area you’ll frequently see, like the kitchen fridge, can help you and your family stay on track. Make sure to keep it updated and you’ll find yourself referencing it frequently. It’s also important to leave room for the unexpected. You never know when your child will come down with a fever, rendering the calendar of events impossible for the day. Be flexible with your schedule so that it can work when something comes up, as this will happen from time to time.
5. Carry a notebook
Every mom has a million things to do daily and it can be really overwhelming keeping track of it all. While a calendar can help you at home, when you’re out and about it may be hard to remember everything that you have going on. Keeping an up to date notebook in your bag will keep you on top of everything going on in your life and your children’s lives. Make sure nothing slips through the cracks by having a reference on you at all times.
6. Split duties with your significant other
The days of taking care of the household and cooking alone are over, and your significant other should be helping out just as much as you are. While you start on your tried and true bath time routine for your baby, your partner can start cleaning up after dinner and vice versa. By splitting the duties and chores, you’ll keep yourself from feeling too overwhelmed and underappreciated. Swap dinner duty, cleaning and laundry daily to help run the household smoothly without burning out.
7. Set aside time to relax
As a mom you tend to always be on the go and can forget to take the time to sit and enjoy some relaxation. It sounds pretty obvious but many moms do not always give so much of a though to their ‘me time”. Make sure to take moments each day to relax, whether that is having an indulgent breakfast, taking a coffee break at your favorite café, or enjoying some wine with friends; you simply deserve it. Wind down each night when the children are asleep so that you feel refreshed and sane in the mornings.
8. Don’t compare yourself to other moms
Often times as a mother you can be stretched so thin and still feel like you’re not doing enough. Seeing other moms who manage to make gourmet organic lunches, go to every PTA meeting and attend every field trip can make you think you should be doing more. Comparing yourself to other moms is a quick way to bring yourself down with negative energy. Keep in mind that every family is different, and what may work for someone else might not work for yours. As a mom you don’t need to be perfect, you just need to be there for your family and do the best you can each day. Don’t be afraid to say no to things when you feel overcome with commitments. You have a lot on your plate already and need to do what’s best for you and your family.
There is no magical formula for being a mother. You have to get up each day, put your best foot forward and do the best you can. These tips aim to take out some of the stress in your day to day activities and will let you feel like you are in control. When you’re organized it leaves room for the things you really enjoy, like taking the time to enjoy family game night or having a lovely night out with your partner. Try a few of these and see how it helps shape your day for the better!
By Jeanette Ortiz