5 Things I do to Stay Organized

How to stay organized

1. Make My Bed

I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times! Especially from your mother! But I’ve got to tell you, this is one of the biggest secrets that I never wanted to believe. For some reason, when I make my bed, I feel as if I have “closed the gateway” to that night. And it makes me feel good about starting anew! And, duh, it totally makes my room look pretty and more tidy too! Even if I don’t make it directly in the morning (because on days I work, I leave before my husband and son wake up), I will make it when I come home. Although, sometimes my husband does it for me.

2. Tidy up or Clean

I don’t know if this is just me or what, but when I clean (or at least have things tidy) it causes my brain to declutter. When I physically see too much all around me, I literally feel like I can’t think straight. For example, kitchen counters! This is one of my pet peeves! Sure, kitchen counters get cluttered and messy. But, I need them to be decluttered and clean if I’m going to be in there. Dishes also must be OUT of the sink as well. I get it, I have some OCD tendencies.

3. Time for Myself

Sounds silly, but its a Godsend! On nights that I don’t have to work the next day (did that make sense?) I like to stay up late. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me its crucial. I enjoy my time alone. I will sit and catch up on some of my favorite TV shows or binge some Netflix. Snacks are also HIGHLY recommended for this alone time…or even wine. And, if you don’t like staying up late, getting up an hour or two earlier than everyone else is another way to have that alone time. I do this on days I work, I get my coffee and breakfast alone with MY shows, not my sons.

4. Plan

I’m a planner. I plan things. I can’t help it. It is a habit of mine. I live by my planner, especially at work! I prefer to have a general idea of what and when things are going to happen. I am completely aware that some things happen with no knowledge of how, when, where, or why they happened. That’s okay. But, if I can plan it, I will. It keeps me sane.

5. Communicate

This is probably the single most important thing I do to keep myself organized. When you’re a mommy and a wife, there are other bodies involved in your life! This means that keeping in constant communication with those other bodies is vital. Simply telling your spouse you need to be at the hair salon after work, or that a bill needs to be paid is a massive help to both of you! Also, coordinating your schedules is important. What if your child needed to be picked up from school, and you thought your spouse would do it, but your spouse thought that you would do it? Guess your kid’s calling grandma! No one needs a he said, she said fight. Just be courteous and tell each other whats going on in your lives! Not only will communication help you stay organized, but it will help you to become more engaged in your spouse’s life as well! Which creates better intimacy and bond within your relationship.

 

I’d love to hear what helps you stay organized!

26 thoughts on “5 Things I do to Stay Organized

  1. Yes, I do my best to do all of these things too! I like to have an idea, although not always clear, of what I want to accomplish every day. I make a list of things to do each day using a notebook. I keep a smaller notebook in my purse too. I like having a handwritten list because it gives me the ability to scratch off what I’ve done. At the end of the day or the next morning, I can “see” what I’ve done. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    1. Thank you! My supervisor and I were discussing this a while ago. How “scratching off” a task on your list is SOOO satisfying! Thanks for replying!

  2. Great tips! I do try to make my bed regularly, because it actually does make me feel oddly more productive. Lol. Keeping things tidy is my obsession. It’s a blessing and a curse. I need things tidy or I feel overwhelmed.

    1. Definitely a blessing and a curse! Most think that it would be so cool to be obsessive, but finding a balance is so important. Sometimes letting things get messy and leaving them that way for while can help with that! Cause really, what could happen that would be so bad?

  3. I am also a person makes her bed everyday. Even if my room is messy, a made bed makes all the difference. Now, what I need to get better at is planning my day. I kind of just play it by ear as of now, but planning things out I think would make my day go more smoothly.

    1. Yes! The room could be a disaster, but if the bed is made it makes a big difference! Start by planning in very vague fashion, but then work up to doing it precisely. See what works for you. Sometimes being too strict with your schedule is not good and can cause more pressure than its worth!

  4. Great list! These all sound so simple, but really they do require effort and are super effective in keeping things organized. I love that you have time for yourself on this list! That is a crucial one for me. 🙂

  5. Planning is my thing too. I tend to forget a lot of things due to mom brain but making a list, schedules and planning ahead of time keeps me organized and more accomplished. We have the same theme and that makes us blogging sisters 🙂

    1. Perfect! If you blog your journey, would you mind dropping a little info on the help I have provided? Love that I can help in any way!

  6. Boy do we think alike! All your ideas are spot on! Being organized for me is so important, I can’t function otherwise. I feel unable to focus or complete any task if I’m not organized. I love to write lists, keep everything written on my calendar, etc. but keeping things tidied including making the beds, helps me to feel in control and get through my daily tasks much better. Great article!

    1. Thank you! This means a lot! I love feeling in control, but sometimes its just not available. This is what my post is about today!

  7. Why are the simplest things the hardest? It’s the making my bed part that really trips me up. haha! I used to be organized before I had kids but it’s something I’ve been really working on again lately. These are great tips!

  8. I hate making my bed, and I often don’t. Half of the time my husband will, and I love when he does because it really does make everything in the room look so much cleaner.

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