Growing up I never fully understood or appreciated how much my mom did for us. She made it look so easy. She was a single mom with three kids, she worked full-time, kept up a house, helped with homework while making dinner, was there to cheer us on at our different sports activites, and still managed to earn Bachelor's degree while taking evening college courses. Now I understand! I don't know how she did it all. She was so graceful at it too. If I was juggling that much I think I would constantly be stressed out and yelling at the kids. But she was calm and always seemed to keep things together. Thanks Mom!
Since becoming a mom, I'm finding it hard to get everything done. How do I keep the house clean, keep up on laundry, make a nutrious dinner, take care of baby without neglecting my husband, and keep up on our finances? I was overwhelmed by all of it. Logan's crib was full of clothes from the dryer waiting to be folded. My kitchen table hadn't seen the light of day for a couple weeks. I decided I really needed to get organized and devise a system to get everything done, after a particularly stressful morning in the Schmidt household. Adam is not a morning person at all, he usually waits as long as possible before getting out of bed. This leaves him with very little time. This particular morning he was rushing around trying to get ready for work. He came out to the living room all frustrated, "Why do we have to go to three different rooms to get dressed? I have to go to Logan's room to find some jeans, the laundry room for a shirt, and the living room to find a pair of socks!" Ok, Ok, point taken, we needed to get organized!
Since then I have come up with a daily and weekly schedule to keep myself organized and stay on top of household tasks. I have it broken down into things that need done in the morning, the evening and weekends. I have split up cleaning throughout the week so I can stay on top of it and not end up cleaning all weekend. I try to throw a load of clothes in the wash every morning and finish it in the evening to keep up on laundry. I plan out our meals for the week and do weekly grocery shopping. Not only does this save us money only buying things for the week, but it's also a lot less stressful knowing what I'm going to make for dinner and not having to try to think of something at 5:00.
So far this is working pretty well. But I could always use more good ideas. Let me know how you keep up on your household chores, finances, and keeping your family organized. Or any other good organization tips.