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You would think that being an organized stay at home mom would be easy. I mean, most people equate that with you not having a job.
Of course, stay at home moms know the truth…your job is 24/7. You literally live at your workplace.
Because of that, it can be difficult to set firm boundaries in order to stay organized and productive.
You have so many different tasks spanning from keeping the toilet clean to tracking family expenses.
If you haven’t got systems in place then it isn’t a wonder you feel overwhelmed by it all.
You don’t have to leave it at that. There are simple things that you can do in order to become an organized stay at home mom.
I mean, things are never going to be perfect, but they can for sure be a whole lot more manageable, so let’s talk about how to make that happen.
How to Get Things Done as a Stay at Home Mom
As a stay at home mom, it is very normal to feel as though you’re constantly being interrupted.
There’s always someone or something needing your attention.
So here’s what you need to do…you need to start putting systems in place. The kind of systems that only require a short amount of attention from yourself.
Keep reading to see what I mean.
#1 Get Your Home and Routine Organized
First of all, if you haven’t got your home and routines in order then that is where I would begin.
Just start with one thing at a time and add to it, otherwise, you’ll feel completely snowed under.
I personally love to use this basic cleaning checklist because it helps me to keep on top of the housework without feeling overwhelmed.
Time-blocking is another way to really become more productive because it stops you from multi-tasking so much (actually counterproductive) and make you more aware of how you’re spending your time.
Time-blocking is sort of like having a budget. You don’t get any more time than you previously had, but you learn to use it more wisely.
#2 Use a Stay at Home Mom Organizer or Planner
I don’t know about you, but I know for myself that the moment I fell pregnant my memory started to deteriorate.
Before becoming a mother I worked as a Registered Nurse. I could take a patient’s blood pressure at 7 in the morning and be able to tell you what it was at 8 that night.
Gone are those days and now I heavily rely on my Mom on the Go Planner to keep my life in check.
This is my third year using this planner and I can’t rave about it enough. Basically, it has everything I could ever want or need in a planner and I use it for far more than just household management.
They have the most gorgeous covers to choose from and you can even switch them out if you’d like. Check them out HERE.
#3 Meal Plan
Meal planning will save your sanity. Trust me.
It seems like a massive task but it really isn’t, especially if you just rotate through your family’s favorite meals.
Meal planning will save you time, money, and stress.
You can find out how I meal plan for an entire month in record time over in this post.
#4 Work When You’re Energized
I can’t stress how important this is.
We all know that there are night owls and early birds. Figure out which one you are and then focus all your effort there.
Sometimes it isn’t going to be practical, but if you can work your chores into that part of your day it will help you get a lot more done.
Doing things you don’t enjoy when you’re tired and lacking motivation is less than ideal.
However, if you can work from your strengths it can make it all that much easier.
For instance, I am FAR more productive between the hours of 7-3 than I am from 3 PM onwards.
I could just rest when my kids nap, but I know that I’ll get a lot more done if I work then rather than if I tried to work in the evening.
After the kids are in bed this mama is DONE.
#5 Keep a Budget
I can’t even imagine how stressed and disorganized I would be with our finances if we didn’t use a budget.
My mom taught us basic budgeting skills when we were children and so it is just something that I’ve carried through life.
However, there are ways to keep a budget that are easier than others.
While I know that many love using spreadsheets, my husband and I have used the YNAB budgeting system for years now and continue to love it.
There is both a desktop and app version where you can track your monthly expenses.
It is a system that gives every dollar you earn a job.
Trust me when I say that it will help you keep track of everything in an easy way. My husband also geeks out over all the reporting and analytics that it provides.
I love having the mobile app version because when I’m out and about I can easily check how much we have to spend in certain budget categories.
Honestly, having a budget has only given us freedom. I’ve never felt restricted and it has simplified life for us in so many ways.
You can take a look at how it works HERE.
#6 Use a To-Do List
If you don’t use a to-do list, then now is the time to start.
I like to do it in a two-part system.
First of all, there’s a running to-do list filled with the never-ending list of things that need to be done.
However, if you just always use that you’re likely to start feeling discouraged as you’ll never have it all checked off.
So here’s what you should do.
Take 3 of the most important things on that list and put it on your daily to-do list.
That way you have set yourself with realistic things you can actually achieve. You’ll end the day feeling far more productive.
It is such a simple concept, but it can make a world of difference.
Typical Day of a Stay at Home Mom
What does the typical day of a stay at home mom look like?
The truth is, no one’s day is going to look the same because there are so many variables.
For instance, I work from home and I homeschool. Those two things mean that my day will look very different from that of a stay-at-home mom with a child in preschool.
However, for the sake of giving you an idea, here’s what my usual day looks like (at the time of me writing this):
- 6:30 AM Get up for the day/check emails
- 7:00 AM Whole family is up/spend time together
- 7:30 AM Hubby leaves for work and I do a few chores while the kids have TV time
- 8:00 AM Breakfast & Bible time
- 8:30 AM Children get ready for the day & I unpack the dishwasher and put on some washing
- 9:00 AM Older children do Independent Playtime with the baby naps & I get ready for the day and do some work.
- 10:15 AM Snack & then school time!
- 10:45/11 AM Kids out to play and I do some light work or tackle some house chores. The baby does Independent Play from 11-11:30 AM.
- 12 PM Lunch time
- 12:30 PM Everyone just hangs out together and I mostly hold the getting-tired baby.
- 1-3 PM Nap/rest time for the kids. I work during this time.
- 3 PM Big kids up and having TV time. I usually finish off a bit more work now.
- 3:30 PM Baby up and snack time.
- 4 PM Everyone does chores. I usually fold and put away the washing and then focus on doing a tidy of the house while also putting dinner on.
- 5:15 PM Hubby gets home and now it is family time.
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6-7 PM Baths for the kids and then bedtime
- 7 PM Free time for mama! – I usually go to bed somewhere between 10-11 PM.
My days are usually packed full, but I do think that one of the most important things that helps me to stay organized is having downtime.
I’ve been very intentional about making sure that I get some time away from the kids to unwind.
The mental load of motherhood is a heavy one and it is important to take care of yourself so that you can continue taking care of others.