12 Habits Of An Organized Mom And How You Can be One Too
How do some mom’s manage to stay organized even though they have a busy life and multiple kids?
Keeping organized as a mom is more about habits than anything else. An organized mom (or anyone for that matter) has learned to implement good habits in her life; she knows her habits will either help her achieve her goals or derail them.
Personally, I tend to be an organized person, but I still have to consistently work at it and make sure I keep up the good habits. I enjoy order and everything in its place, and love the benefits of being organized.
As a homeschooling family, my 4 kids are home all day, every day; so, staying organized…at least semi-organized is not as simple as putting things in their place and they stay that way. There are many habits and routines I have to have in place to keep my home in order.
First, I have made keeping my home tidy(ish), organized(ish) and clean(ish) a priority. It is important to me. This does not mean however that live in a Pinterest perfect world, but I also do not live in filth and disarray.
For me, being organized, isn’t just about having a nice-looking space or matching pretty organizers. While those are fun, the truth is my home and my brain function more optimally when things are in order. When things are organized, it’s possible even when the house is untidy, to get it back in shape quickly.
The Secret To Being An Organized Mom
Is being organized a bit of a mystery to you? Do you want to have more order in your home?
As someone who has many years of cleaning and organizing experience (not just for myself, but for others too). And as someone who loves to learn and implement new ideas for cleaning and organizing; I’m here to tell you that there really isn’t a secret to getting organized. And being organized isn’t something that consumes your life and that you have to spend all day doing. Anyone can do it!
Being organized is something that can be learned. The biggest factor to being organized is about creating habits and implementing them on a daily basis. Any organized mama has learned strategies and habits that she does daily to keep the home running smoothly.
Here is the list of habits, that you can implement to be more organized in your home and life.
Habits Of An Organized Mom
1. They Say No To Procrastinating
Putting off what can be done today, for tomorrow, is rarely a good idea because soooo much can come up between then and now. It’s easy to procrastinate and put things off, but keeping your home life organized is about doing things now and not later. It always pays off.
For example, there are times where I have decided not to do the dishes after dinner and think I’ll do them in the morning. Well, things come up and by mid-day the sink is overflowing with dishes and a 20-minute job has turned into an hour. Yuck!
2. They Have A Routine
A routine isn’t about a perfect schedule. For most families, a routine with some flexibility works great. For an organized mom, she knows what she’s doing throughout the day and when.
Having a general morning routine, day routine and night routine help keep the home life organized. When we know what’s going to be done and when, it allows for us to make plans for our day and time to tackle projects we want to work on.
3. They Get Themselves Ready First
Organized moms know they need to get up and get ready before everyone else is up.
I know it can be hard to get up before the kids in the morning, but believe me, it has a huge impact when you get up and get ready before everyone else is up and going for the day. I can’t tell you how many times I decided to sleep in, then make breakfast, then, then, then…
I keep saying I’m going to do “this”, and then go for a shower. Before I know it, it’s 1pm and I’m still in my pajamas praying there won’t be an emergency because I really don’t want to drive to the hospital in my pj’s…ahem…again (I may be speaking from experience here ;)). But in all seriousness, if I am ready for the day ahead of the kids, I’m ready for anything last minute that might come up.
4. They Do At Least One Load Of Laundry A Day
Laundry seems to multiply like rabbits with children in the home. Organized moms do at least a load a day to stay on top of it. If not, there is a pile the size of a ski hill growing within days on the laundry room floor and it takes forever to tackle.
Start a load first thing in the morning, and throw it in the dryer after breakfast. Spend a few minutes in the afternoon or evening folding and putting it away.
5. They Keep It Simple. Save Time And Space By Sticking With What They Use And Like.
People that are organized don’t tend to have a lot of clutter. They know that clutter everywhere is frustrating and it doesn’t contribute to an organized space.
For example, it can be frustrating to have a cluttered shower or tub. Have you ever reached to grab the shampoo and knocked 6 other bottles off in the process?
Sticking with one shampoo, one conditioner and one soap that everyone uses, cuts down on the amount of clutter.
The same goes for food. Do you really need 5 types of hot sauce, mustard or ketchup? Stick with your favourite basics.
6. They Clean As They Go
Moms who are organized don’t spend all day, every day cleaning. Even if someone enjoys cleaning, they don’t usually want to spend all day cleaning. Cleaning as you go can add a couple minutes more to what you’re already doing, but has big results.
For example, when you get out of the shower, the mirror is steamed up; take a window cloth and quickly wipe it down.
When you brush your teeth at night, you can quickly wipe down the bathroom counters and sinks.
Another way to clean as you go is to sweep or vacuum the dining room and kitchen after each meal. This prevents a ton of crumbs being dragged all over the house.
Little actions can add up to big results.
7. They Spend Time Throughout The Day Tidying Up And Organizing
Small daily habits help to keep on top of things.
Personally, we do a quick tidy up a couple times a day and put things back where they go. This includes toys, dishes, paper piles…anything that isn’t where it should be.
Another way to spend time throughout the day tidying and organizing is to sort the mail as soon as it comes in. Recycle flyers, file bills to pay or put away papers that need to be filed away.
Taking garbage and recycle out at least once (depending of the size of your family, it may need to go out more or less often) a day helps keep these areas in order.
Toys and books get put back where they belong throughout the day. We tend to do a mid-morning pick up and a late afternoon/early evening pick up, and sometimes before bed too. It really depends on how much needs to get put back. This helps keep everything looking tidy throughout the day.
8. They Don’t Get Stressed About Other People’s Messes. Let Them Have Some Ownership Of It.
For organized mom’s, letting other people have some messes can be hard.
For me, I want my children’s rooms to be neat and tidy all the time, but let’s be honest, it’s almost impossible. More often than not, their rooms are in some kind of chaos. There is no Pinterest award for their rooms that’s for sure!
I used to get mad and frustrated until I learned to let it go. I still do an overhaul on their rooms every couple month because otherwise it looks like a case of hoarders, but in between organizing sessions, I have them tidy it (their version of tidy and my version are very different) and if it bothers me, because it’s still not all that tidy or organized, I shut the door.
9. They Say “No”
This isn’t a very popular one, but for a mom’s sanity and the running of the home, it’s vital.
My to-do list is always full between homeschooling, keeping my home, working and feeding my family. When there are a ton commitments on the calendar I find it leads to a lot of clutter in my head and a feeling of overwhelm.
Saying no doesn’t mean we never say “yes”, but when we do say “yes”to something, it’s usually a short-term thing and it’s something we have time for.
10. They Purge Clutter. Often.
Decluttering and purging our belongings is necessary to maintain an organized home.
If you don’t use an item or love it, or if it’s broken, then it’s just taking up space. Let it go.
If you’re not sure where to start with decluttering, check out this quick declutter checklist to get you started.
This is a great article about how to navigate letting go of the sentimental stuff.
11. They Make Their Bed Daily
I know it sounds way too simple, but this one simple habit instantly affects the way the room looks. And when you make your bed, you’ve already gotten something accomplished for the day and are moving towards an orderly home.
This is the first task I do in the morning, unless my hubby is still in it ;)
I love how it instantly makes the room look neater and in under 90 seconds. It encourages me to keep the rest of the room looking tidy by putting away any clothes or books instead of letting them pile up.
12. They Use A Day Planner
Have you ever met an organized person who doesn’t use a planner?
This has been a game changer for me. For many years I had random notebooks or sticky notes with all my to-do’s. If those sticky notes walked away with a toddler, I was lost.
Keeping all of my appointments, meals, daily tasks and to-do’s in one place has been a huge help with staying organized, keeping my brain uncluttered and helping me set goals and be more productive.
See my favourite planner here (I am a little bias ;) )
These Are The 12 Habits of An Organized Mom
· They Say No to Procrastinating
· They Have a Routine
· They Get Themselves Ready First
· They Do At Least One Load Of Laundry a Day
· They Keep It Simple. Save Time and Space by Sticking with What They Use and Like
· They Clean as They Go
· They Spend Time Throughout the Day Tidying Up and Organizing
· They Don’t Get Stressed About Other People’s Messes-Let Them Have Some Ownership Of It
· They Say “No”
· They Purge Clutter. Often.
· They Make Their Bed Daily
· They Use a Planner
Motherhood doesn’t have to be a time of chaos and disorder. Yes, there are times and seasons where things will be a bit more chaotic, but give yourself some grace. Even highly organized moms don’t have it together all the time, and that’s ok.
If you would like to have more order in your home and life, but you are feeling overwhelmed with the list above, start with implementing just a couple of habits. Having order in your home life should be a blessing to you and your family, not a frustration because you have another to-do list to get through.
Don’t procrastinate; pick something and start today. If you are not quite sure where to start because you have so much clutter, start with this declutter checklist. You’ll be happy you did!
I'd love to hear about your favourite habits that help you to stay organized, please leave a comment below.