The alarm goes off and jolts you awake. It’s go time. You race through the house, weaving through clutter like a ninja, trying to get everything together. Then, just as you’re about to walk out of the door and claim your victory over the morning, it all falls apart.
You can’t find your keys. One kid is missing a shoe, so now you’re on a scavenger hunt. Oh, and your other kid JUST remembered that it’s Roman Day at school and you were supposed to make a costume. Awesome.
You think, “OK, I’ll just cut up a bedsheet real quick, grab some old jewelry and BOOM…we have a toga. Not too bad…I’m still in this game.” But now you can’t find the SCISSORS!
Does this sound familiar?
If it does then you are probably like most busy moms and would love some organization in your life. Who wouldn’t? It’s just so hard as a busy mom! You barely have time for everything you need to do just to get through the day. Who has time to look up house cleaning tips or organizing tips…let alone actually implement them?
Well, my busy mom friends, that’s where I come in!
In future posts, I’ll dive into tips and tricks for home and office organization, kitchen organization, closet organization and more to help you declutter your life. But before we get into all of that, I think it’s important that you understand why organization is essential for moms, particularly working moms.
There are so many reasons to get organized, but here are a few of my favorites.
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1. Organization saves you time
How much time do you spend looking for things?
If you are anything like most people, it’s probably more than you would like to admit. If everything in your home has its own home or a place where it belongs, then you spend less time looking for shoes or car keys and you have more time for the other million things that need your attention as a busy mom.
You can finally stop those routine, Law and Order inspired interrogations over who used the scissors last!
But if that isn’t incentive enough, being organized will save time cleaning too!
When you don’t have a counter full of clutter it’s much less daunting to clean up the kitchen. If you don’t have toys all over the living room you probably won’t be so hesitant to pull out the vacuum and do a quick once-over.
It used to take me almost an hour to properly clean my bathroom. Now that it’s organized, it takes me about 20-30 minutes.
Just think of what you could do with that extra 30-40 minutes!
2. Organization saves you money
How many times have you picked up wrapping paper for a gift only to get home and find five half-used rolls in the closet?
As a working mother, I can tell you that there is nothing more frustrating to me than wasting my hard-earned money on something that I didn’t need to buy.
Organization helps you save money by allowing you to take inventory of what you already have in your home. Once everything has a home it’s so easy to see what you have and what you need.
Now that my kitchen is organized, I don’t waste money buying ingredients that we already have and we don’t have cabinets overflowing with expired food.
Just imagine a world where you actually know what you have in your pantry (and you’re not afraid of how long it’s been in there!)
3. Getting organized can make you money
What if I told you that you could get paid to organize your house?
I’m not talking about finding change under your couch cushions or finding money in an old wallet that you forgot about. I’m talking about real money that you can use to pay bills, buy yourself something nice for once, or even do your Christmas shopping (like I did!)
Here are a few different ways to make money with your home organization project.
- Facebook Marketplace
- Garage Sales
- Flea Markets
- Used Book Stores
These are just a FEW! There are so many ways to make money off of the clutter that is clogging up your home. Start with one closet and you won’t be able to stop.
If you aren’t using it and it’s not super sentimental, get rid of it! Use that money for something that will bring you joy instead of letting it sit in a closet, neglected and sad.
4. Home organization can lead to charity
Let’s be honest. You probably won’t be able to sell everything that you want to get rid of.
You may not even want to go through the trouble of taking pictures and listing items to sell. That’s OK, it’s not for everybody.
Why not declutter your house and contribute to a charitable cause? It’s a win/win!
Just because nobody wants to buy that copy of The Davinci Code you read over a decade ago or that box set of pretty much anything that can be found online doesn’t mean it’s garbage.
Here are a few ideas for places which accept charitable donations in the form of your old stuff…
- Goodwill: You can donate all kinds of items, not just clothing.
- Salvation Army: Accepts clothing, furniture, household goods, and even cars!
- Habitat for Humanity: Habitat ReStores accept “new or gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more,” according to their site. They then use the sales to help communities in need.
- Big Brother Big Sister Foundation: Most people have heard of this foundation but don’t know that they accept clothes, musical instruments, and all kinds of household donations. The money is used to support the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program.
- Soles 4 Souls: Founded as a disaster relief organization, Soles 4 Souls is an amazing organization that provides shoes to those impacted by disasters or poverty. You can donate gently used shoes and know they will be going to someone who genuinely needs them rather than sitting in a landfill.
- Dress for Success: This not-for-profit organization is all about empowering women and helping them achieve economic independence. They accept gently used women’s business attire. Girl power, baby!
If none of these causes speak to you, there are plenty of others. You can always donate to your local church, local public library, and some schools even accept donations as well. Always remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
5. Organization clears your mind
I know when I’m sitting down with my cup of tea in the morning and my toddler’s toys are all over the living room from the day before I can’t even begin to think about planning my day. Until those toys get picked up, they’re taking up valuable real estate in my brain.
Most of us don’t even realize it but physical clutter quickly turns into mental clutter. How many times have you said, “I can’t even THINK about doing (blank) until I get (blank) done?”
Even if you don’t have time to organize your whole house right now, there are little strategies you can implement today to help you get more organized and clear your mind. Simple things like a menu board, a daily planner, a monthly calendar, or even just using a plain old notebook to write things down can help tremendously when it comes to clearing your mind.
I recently bought this awesome magnetic menu board from Amazon and it’s amazing how much it has helped me with my meal planning. Now I don’t spend time every day agonizing over what I’m going to make for dinner. I can even write myself notes to remind me to take food out of the freezer the day before. I love it!
Can you imagine not having to think about dinner every day? Just think of what you could do with all that extra mental energy!
6. Organization makes you more efficient
This kind of goes with “saves you time,” but hear me out. When you aren’t organized, you’re just kind of flying by the seat of your pants and you waste so much time being inefficient.
When you organize your day ahead of time, you can group activities together so that you don’t waste time doubling back. I love those beautiful kitchen command centers on Pinterest, but you don’t even have to get that fancy.
Start with any monthly calendar, even the free one the school district sends you. Hang it in an area of your home where you spend a lot of time. Get into the habit of writing dates and appointments there immediately and encourage the rest of the family to do the same.
If you prefer to use modern technology, Google Calendar is great because it’s not stuck to the kitchen wall. You can share your calendar with your family and access it from your devices wherever you are. When one person writes an appointment on the calendar everyone can see it.
Once you actually know what’s going on in your household it will be easier to group activities and errands together so that you don’t waste time being inefficient.
It’s amazing how much time this will free up for other mom duties.
7. Organization eases stress
This is pretty obvious.
Do you feel relaxed when you can’t remember what day your daughter’s doctor’s appointment is, you don’t know what your making for dinner, you have to help your kid with a last minute school project, and you still… can’t… find… the damn… SCISSORS?! (Can you tell that scissors were a hot-button issue in my house growing up?) 😉
Life is so much easier when you know where things are, where everyone needs to be, and what you’re making for dinner (because all moms know that dinner is kind of the bane of our existence).
You don’t need to organize your entire house and life all at once. Start small. Pick one area of your life and organize the heck out of it. Then take some time to enjoy how good you feel and appreciate how much stress you just eliminated from your life.
Goosfraba, my friend.
8. Organization makes your family happier
Okay, now you’re laughing at me. You’re thinking, “Have you MET my family?” I hear you but stay with me.
Have you ever heard the expression, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy?” If not, I KNOW you’ve heard “Happy wife, happy life.” Do you see where I’m going with this now?
When you’re organized as a mom you’re less stressed out and you’re just a more pleasant person to be around. This rubs off on everyone around you. You also waste less time cleaning or looking for things, which gives you more time to spend with those crazy people you love so much…your family.
9. Organization frees up space
We’ve all heard the phrase “We’ve just outgrown this space.”
Sometimes this is a true statement. If you just had another baby or your kids are getting older and now they need their own rooms then this very well may apply to you.
For the rest of us, however, it’s just an excuse. If we’re being completely honest here, usually when we feel that we’ve outgrown our space the reality is that we have simply filled our space with a bunch of unnecessary nonsense.
Once everything is organized and you purge all of the unnecessary items out of your life, you will be amazed by how different your space feels.
Rather than buying another dresser for an already cramped space, go through your clothes! You will be shocked by how much room you have for the clothes you actually wear when you get rid of those 20 free t-shirts you have from various charity events. (Speaking from a bit of personal experience here!)
10. Organization can help you be more social
Who feels like having people over when you’re house looks like a scene from the Avengers Infinity War?
Not this mom!
I remember when my daughter was born and at least one person would call every day wanting to come over. My first thought would be, “Yay! Company!” Then I would look around me and say, “Oh, God…COMPANY!” Then I would frantically try to clean my house as quickly as possible to make it look like humans lived there.
I realized my disorganized mess was getting in the way of enjoying my friends and family.
There were days when I was so exhausted I would reschedule plans just so that I didn’t have to spend an hour cleaning before anyone came over. That’s when I adopted the motto, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”
Just having an organizational system in my house and making a consistent effort to keep things in their place has completely changed how I view company.
Now if someone calls and says they’re a few minutes down the road and want to stop by, I get excited instead of panicked!
11. Being organized sets a great example
Being a great mom is about so much more than just loving our kids and preparing meals. It’s about preparing our kids to be adults and teaching them how to navigate this crazy world we live in.
I know it’s easy to forget when you look at their sweet little faces, but one day your kids WILL be adults. Helping them learn how to be organized and responsible now will carry over and make them so much more successful in life.
Now I’m not saying to go crazy and make your kids color coordinate their underwear or anything, I’m just saying that the old “Do as I say and not as I do” mantra doesn’t work. Kids mimic what they see whether they mean to or not.
If you start introducing organization as a way of life now, your kids (and maybe even your husband) will be more inclined to do the same. I wouldn’t expect miracles overnight, but start small.
- Hang a folder or place a bin in the kitchen or another common area for your kids to put their paperwork and notices from school.
- Every day when they come home, have them empty their backpacks and place all papers in the folder or bin.
- Go through the papers when you have a minute and sign/return anything to the folder/bin that has to go back to school.
- Before your kids go to bed, have them put the papers back into their backpacks and make sure they have everything ready for the next morning.
This will help them take some responsibility for getting their papers signed and will also begin to teach them the importance of being organized.
Better yet, it will help keep YOU from finding out about Roman Day 15 minutes before school. 😉
Wrap it up lady!
Listen, when it comes down to it we’re all just trying to get through the day while being the best parents we can be.
If a little organization can prevent you from morning scavenger hunts for keys, shoes, and scissors then I think it’s worth giving it a shot!
But getting organized these days can feel overwhelming. Just search pantry organization in Pinterest if you want to feel particularly inadequate. My point is that the misconception that we all need to be “Pinterest-perfect” actually keeps a lot of people from even trying to get organized. I love looking through those perfect pins on Pinterest to get ideas for my next project.
The issue with all of these perfect pins is that they can leave the rest of us imperfect people feeling… well… IMPERFECT!
The best advice I have is to use social media as inspiration, not as a measuring stick. So what if you can’t get your pantry to look just like the picture?
Maybe that worked for them. Find what works for you.
Making progress is way more attainable than achieving (and maintaining) perfection. Until next time, just keep doing your best and being the awesome mom you are. We’re all just trying to get it together, mom. 🙂
Over to you…
I would love to hear your favorite reasons to get organized! How has organization changed your life as a busy mom?
What organizational struggles keep you from getting it together?
Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.