I don’t care if you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, organization is KEY to your sanity. The organization begins the second you become a mom. You need to be a “Planning Mommy” on all fronts: schedules, cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping…
I’ve created what I call “Mommy’s Happy Place.” I don’t have an office in our house, so I just took over a wall right in from the garage. If I didn’t have this wall, I would be a lot more stressed, and possibly insane. I clearly don’t do well with chaos. I like to stand in front of my “Happy Place” each morning, coffee in hand, and pray I can get everything done without any major hiccups.
My happy place has 4 key components: The Family Menu, The Weekly Tasks Chart, The 2 Week Calendar of Events, and The Personal Storage.
The Family Menu
This did take a little upfront work, but now that it’s done, It is quite easy to maintain. I bought a magnetic calendar/whiteboard with some extra space on the side.
I then typed up all of the meals I currently make on 1-1/4″ squares that I then laminated and cut out. Sticking a magnet on the back was all I needed to finish it off! On the cork board section, I print off the monthly school menu and the meals I have frozen in our deep freeze.
The Weekly Tasks Chart
I was sick of feeling like my house was never clean and didn’t want to hire a cleaning service. So, I broke up the things I wanted to do each week into daily tasks I could actually manage to get done with 3 at home. All you need to do is print off your own list or use Planning Mommy’s Weekly Tasks Chart. Put that printed chart into an 8×10 frame (you’ll have to trim the paper to fit) and use dry erase markers on the glass to check off the things you’ve gotten done!
The 2 Week Calendar of Events
Managing the appointments, events, birthdays, and activities for 5 people and a dog takes a large amount of organization and coordination. I purchased a magnetic-dry erase weekly planner and drew a line across the middle with a permanent marker, giving me 2 weeks. Each Sunday I go through and figure out where everyone needs to be and when!
The Storage Bins
I got the Oh-Snap Pockets by Thirty One. They were on special one month and so I was able to get one embroidered for each of us without breaking the bank. (They are normally $15 so they are very affordable even at full retail price.) I hung them on a curtain rod and now I have the perfect way to keep permission slips and papers organized and off the counters!
I hope these help give you some ideas for your own “Happy Place.” I’d love to hear what you do to keep your family organized and yourself sane!