Motherhood is a beautiful thing. However, combined with a career, house chores and a million of other things to do, it can quickly become overwhelming. That is why, I believe this Guide to Organization for Working Moms is necessary for “our sanity and our survival” (sounds excessive, I know 😉 ).
But let’s be honest…
Being a mom isn’t easy, especially in these times where we have more social obligations than ever. As moms, we are constantly being criticized about how we look, what we do and our parenting style.
All I’m trying to say is that parenthood is messy.
Just like those drawings your kid does using paint and his cute little fingers.
And so trying to do it all, perfectly, is just setting ourselves up for failure and unnecessary guilt. (Preach girl, preach!)
What we need to do is work toward being more organized.
When I was a kid, I remember asking myself how my mom was “doing it all”.
She always made sure we had everything ready to go to school, to cook great meals and made a point of honor to be on time for doctors appointments… (most of the time)
She was and still is to this day my Superhero.
Now that I am a woman and a mother just like her, I understand that her superpower was her organization and time management skills.
WHAT IS ORGANIZATION FOR WORKING MOMS?
Organization is the art of creating systems, routines, plans and solutions to simplify our everyday lives. You can apply it to manage your time better and also to live in a better space (physically, mentally and emotionally).
At Welsys Avenue, we focus on empowering working moms to run their lives, homes and families like the bosses they are.
Nevertheless, a lot of people have misconceptions about what it truly means to be organized. I know that for a very long time I thought there were only two categories of people:
- Those who are organized
- And those who aren’t
Ok maybe three…
- And those who pretend to be organized and shove everything that’s dirty in the last drawer for no one to see 😉
People also tend to believe there is only one way of being organized, or that organization has to be perfect, otherwise it is a waste of time. First of all, I want every mom to know that organization isn’t about perfection.
It’s about simplifying your life by implementing systems that work for you.
Let’s say for example that Chloe feels, cleaning a different part of her house each day of the week works for her. And Jane prefers cleaning her whole house in one afternoon. Is any of these women wrong?
Absolutely not, because what makes you comfortable and works for your household might not be suited for another family.
Related: 5 Organization tips for busy working moms
In other words there is no blueprint set in stone when it comes to Organization for Working Moms and Time Management.
You get to decide what is best for your family, because only you know how your family dynamics works and what it needs.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
It’s like taking advice from people about parenting: keep an open mind but only use what feels right to you.
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH ORGANIZATION?
Like I said earlier in this post, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to how you should organize your life as a working mom.
Think of it like this:
See your life as a beautiful painting in a frame and you being the observer. What are the areas of your life you would like to improve and see more color in?
- Is it your Home Life and everything that concerns cleaning, organizing and so on?
- Or maybe you would like to implement a financial system for your family that allows you to set up your kid for college and upgrade your lifestyle?
- What about your career? Do you feel like it’s time you take this work/ life balance “myth” a little bit more seriously?
- How’s your meal planning game doing so far? Tired of serving the same dishes week after week and feel like it’s time to get to another level?
- Last but not least, how do you plan you day, week, month and year for success?
Once you’ve determined the area(s) needing your immediate attention, make it a point of honor to choose one or two at a time and start making changes in your family’s lifestyle applying the resources and advice you’ve found to help solve the problem.
If for instance you are struggling with Time Management, don’t jump into creating yearly goals right away. See where you can make small, but effective changes that will impact your life positively.
So maybe focusing on a daily routine would be more effective.
If you know how to make the most of 24 hours, it will make more sense that you then move on to learn how to use a week, a month and then a year to accomplish your personal goals.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN ORGANIZATION FOR WORKING MOMS ♥
TIP #1: Don’t let the process of organizing your life overwhelm you. When you’ve been accustomed for a very long time to live a certain way, it is very hard to change overnight.
Take it slow, and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t see immediate results or lack discipline.
Forming good habits, because this is what organization is all about, takes time and patience. No one said it would be easy… But it is sooooo worth it 🙂 .
TIP #2: As time passes and your family evolves, some of the routines and systems you’ve put in place will start to feel inadequate with your lifestyle.
For this reason, don’t hesitate to go back to the drawing board and establish new ones.
Change is a good thing despite what people say.
TIP #3: Get your family involve in the overall household organization. Whether it be in the kitchen, with the finances, or even the planning of your goals.
Explaining your tribe the vision you have for them will make them more responsible and helpful. I used to think that everything in my household was my responsibility.
And so I started acting like no one could do the job but me. When you go down this road, it only disconnects and isolates you from the ones you love.
Do yourself a favor and make this “organization for working moms” a family thing.
COMMON QUESTIONS / FAQ ABOUT ORGANIZATION:
1. How do people become organized?
In order to make this organization for working moms work, you need to know the reasons why you want to become organized in the first place.
I knew that I wanted to become more organized to provide better meals for my family, that would help us save money and time.
I also needed to be more intentional with my time to make sure I could keep the house decently clean and enjoy my family more.
What are your reasons (your why)?
From there, find the resources to help you in your journey in a post, a book or even a forum. And start implementing what you’ve learned, and be consistent with it.
Once you’ve formed a good habit, move on to the next thing that need your attention.
2. How working moms stay organized?
Staying on top of things as a working mom can be very challenging. But it can be done when you take the time to create a daily, weekly and monthly “schedule”.
Along with a cleaning, meal planning and finances systems.
Related: The cleaning schedule you need to use
3. How can a mom save time?
Moms can save a lot of time by prioritizing, delegating and avoiding distractions.
Prioritizing: Not everything requires your immediate attention. So make sure to prioritize what is urgent and needs to be done.
Delegating: Three sets of hands are better than one. Don’t hesitate to ask your family and the people around you for help. Moms have so many things to do…
And 9 times out of 10, your loved ones are always happy to help.
Avoiding distractions: I love TV shows (it’s my guilty pleasure). But is it wise to spend a whole afternoon binge watching in front of Netflix, when we could have cleaned the whole house for the week?
we both know the answer to this question.
Don’t get me wrong, we
should must take time to enjoy life, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of conflicting with the healthy household organization we have set up for ourselves.
4. How working moms keep a clean house?
Time is everything! (I know… I say this a lot but it is so true!). Especially for working moms, when it comes to organization.
The key is to create a cleaning schedule that works for you and then making sure the house remains tidy the rest of the week.
Meaning putting things back to their original place when you’re done using them, cleaning the dishes after you use them (don’t wait three days to do it, the view of it can be very discouraging).
5. How do you balance work and family?
Finding balance is something that you will constantly have to adjust.
And to be completely honest, there will be times when you feel you’re completely off balance and that’s normal. This is what we call life.
Family comes first but sometimes social and work obligations can place us in rough place.
My mom used to tell me “there is a time for everything” so try as best as you can to focus on your job when you are there and to focus on your family when you’re home.
Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally too.
Being present in the moment is very important.
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If you learn one thing from this post, let it be this:
Organization is a never ending process that changes overtime to suit your lifestyle.
You don’t become organized overnight.
It takes a little bit of work and some discipline, but you will get there. Also, don’t be discouraged if you’ve been very consistent and went off track for a moment, it’s normal and it happens to all of us.
Try to understand what went wrong and pick up your routine where you left it.
Alright lovelies ♥, that is it for this Guide on Organization for working moms, but I would love to know:
In which area of your life would you like to be more organized?