Wednesday, January 25, 2012
10 Habits of an Organized Mom | Family Economics
The most recent research says it takes 66 days to form a habit. Would you like to become an organized mom in 66 days? I can’t promise you that your entire world will be organized, but I can promise you that if you accomplish these 10 habits on a daily basis for the next 66 days you will begin to feel a sense of control over the “mom chaos” in your world.
Habit #1 Family Command Center: Create a place to keep a family calendar, kids chore charts, a shopping list your family can add to, and an inbox for school papers. Teach your family to refer to the command center daily for upcoming events. For more command center ideas click here.
Habit #2 Mom To-Do Lists and Planner: Find a system that works for you. You can choose anything from a PDA, or cell phone to a binder planner. Keep a master family calendar that includes all commitments and activities. Create shopping lists, to-do lists and to-call lists. Keeping it all in one place will simplify planning your weeks and errands.
Habit #3 Nightly Cleanup: Each night do a 10-minute kitchen sweep. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, clean off and wipe down the counters, clean your kitchen floor with a cordless vacuum, or broom. Use Windex® to wipe the fronts of your appliances and clean and dry your sink.
Habit #4 The Five Minute House Walk Through: Each night along with your children do a 5-minute walk through of your home to pick up and put away all items that are not in their correct place and do a quick tidy up.
Habit #5 Night Time Prep: Each night prepare for the next day by packing lunches, school bags, activity bags as well as things you will need to take with you the next day such as library books, store returns and grocery lists. Make a list of things you need to accomplish the next day – lay out not only your clothes but also your children’s clothes. Think “what can I do tonight so I don’t have to do it in the morning when it’s chaotic?”
Habit #6 Chores, Chores and Chores: Get your kids involved in helping with the household responsibilities – beyond taking care of their own rooms. Teach and train them to do other household tasks from dusting to moping floors. Need ideas on how to get your kids doing chores? Read my past article, The Chore Wars.
Habit #7 Morning and Evening Laundry Change: Each morning put the first load of laundry into your washing machine and at dinnertime, switch it to the dryer. Doing at least one load of laundry per day will help keep laundry from piling up.
Habit #8 File it, Recycle it: Keep piles of papers under control by creating a desktop file system with easy to access files for bills to be paid, calls to make, items to take care of, invitations, tickets and field trip forms for your children. Look at your piles of papers and create files according to your needs. Then recycle all unneeded papers in the pile.
Habit #9 Meal Time Planning: Create a list of your family’s favorite meals. Use this list to create a weekly or monthly meal plan and be sure to look at your family’s schedules when planning meals so that you know who will be home and what activities are taking place so you can plan accordingly.
Habit #10 Rotate it and Time it: Create a daily cleaning schedule dividing up the household chores that need to be accomplished each week. For instance, Monday dust, Tuesday clean the floors, Wednesday clean the bathrooms and Thursday kitchen deep-clean. This will break up the six to eight hours of weekly cleaning that it takes to keep up on a clean home.
Do you have a suggestion to add to our list of daily habits?