I’m always trying to stay organised as a mom. Between running my own business and trying to keep up with the kids, my hands are almost full and on top of all that, I have to make time for myself so I can refuel my tank.
I’ve learnt a few hacks that help me stay on top of my game. Listen, I don’t get it right all the time. Today I forgot to pack lunch for my husband for work. Not because I didn’t have time; it completely slipped my mind. We all have slip-ups, but we need to learn to forgive ourselves and try to do better.
Here are some of my favourite mom hacks that keep me organised.
Use a calendar
You have two options, you can either use a good old printed calendar, or you can use the digital option. We have synced all our calendars so that we can share our calendar entries with the whole family. Whether it’s doctor’s appointments, school activities or family functions, it all goes in there. We’re all so busy and are constantly being pulled in different directions. It’s become essential for us to keep each other in a loop.
To do list
I swear by to-do lists. If it’s not on my list, then it won’t get done! I generally have two lists, one for my personal tasks and one for my business tasks. I know that to-do lists can be overwhelming, so I try to keep mine as short as possible. Here’s a sneak peek on today’s list:
- Book for Medicals
- Book Dentist appointment
- Order rugby gum guard for Owami
- Order gas
- Order school photos
- Prepare for tomorrow’s shoot
- Write 4 blog posts
- Send invoice
- Prepare for Facebook Live
I don’t know if you ever do this—sometimes I want to do everything myself (SUPERMOM SYNDROME!!!!) Because it’s quicker, and I know that things will get done the way I want them to be done. But you know what I’ve learnt? That is the quickest route to feeling overwhelmed, and we don’t want that for ourselves. Ask your partner to help out with putting the kids to bed, trust me, they are capable. They’re just waiting for you to empower them.
I make sure that my eldest packs his school bag the night before. That way he’s not running around looking for a missing soccer boot the following morning. I’ve started teaching Asante to do the same—she’s younger so I still need to supervise her. But when she eventually gets the hang of it, I’ll have one less thing to do.
You have two options—you can either subscribe to a meal delivery service like Harvest Box. They deliver all your ingredients for the week to your door. That way, you don’t have to worry about doing groceries. Or you can start planning all your meals at the beginning of the week. Ideally, I prefer to go to the local grocery store twice a week. I plan our dinners and the kids’ lunch on Sunday’s by drafting a menu and a grocery list. That way, I spend less time at the grocery store, and I make fewer trips.
Wake up before the kids
I have written extensively about my morning routine, so I won’t dive deeply into this subject. Essentially, it is best to wake up early so you can get ready before the kids wake up. That way, you can focus on getting them ready for school once they’re awake.
Those are some of my favourite mom hacks that keep me organised. I’m sure some of them will help you. Try them out and tweak them to suit you and your family. Do you have any hacks that you can share with me? Let me know in the comments below.