I read a lot of parenting books, blogs and magazines and one piece of advice that I have heard over and over again is that “the mess can wait!”. Basically saying that it’s okay for your house to be a mess, when you’re just trying to get through the day with your helpless newborn, your active toddler, your drooly dog, your messy husband, or all of the above!
And while I completely agree that it is okay and there are many days where my house feels like a tornado just passed through, for the most part having a messy and unorganized house really stresses me out. I’ve tried to just let it go like they tell me to, but I can’t. It’s just not who I am. So here today to share that it is possible to be a good mom and keep a somewhat organized house. It’s not easy… but it’s possible, so I wanted to share a few tips that have helped me achieve this.
1. Take advantage of “wasted” hours
I’ve been trying to limit my social media use because it is a freakin’ time suck!!! While it’s not a perfected system, I like to set an informal timer when using Facebook or Instagram at night. So for example, I give myself 20 minutes before moving on to something productive. It’s crazy how time can fly when stalking celebrities on Instagram.
I also have been getting up at 5am (oh good times) to work out and while it’s suuuuper hard to get out of bed, I feel great afterward. I’m also getting used to it! And if you don’t want to work out, sometimes getting up 15 or 20 minutes early and having that time to yourself before kids/partner/pets wake up, can do wonders for your day. Use it to empty the dishwasher or fold one load of laundry, all while drinking a hot cup of coffee. A lot can be accomplished in 15 minutes! See #5 for more motivating tips on early morning working out.
2. Little time savors
Make lunches two days at a time (I make two days worth of salads for me and Tony and just wait on the dressing). It’s faster to make in bulk and you get a day off every other day from this super annoying chore!
Put a basket at the bottom of your stairs for items that need to go up. Helps keep your downstairs less cluttered and easy to remember to bring things up when you’re headed up anyway.
Prep everything for the next morning, the night before. Lunches, backpacks, coffee, etc… And
meal prep on the weekend! I plan out all of my meals on Saturday so that when I food shop on Sunday I know exactly what we’ll need for the week. Oh and cook in large amounts cause I love me some LEFTOVERS!
3. Clean up the kitchen before bed
I can’t go to sleep with dirty dishes in the sink (did I mention yet I’m a little crazy?) but waking up to a clean kitchen is a great feeling to start the day with. Then in the morning, empty the drying rack and dishwasher, take out/defrost dinner food for that night, and put pans/pots you’ll need later out on the stove. Little things, but big time savor for me later in the day between when we get and home and bed time which is CRAZY time!
4. Invest in boxes, baskets and buckets
Best way to de-clutter! Toys, books, shoes – just throw them in a cute basket. There’s no excuse not to put something away!
5. Cancel cable
So we cancelled cable when we moved and let me tell you, it’s liberating! We still have Hulu and Netflix so I don’t feel completely TV deprived, but it’s been wonderful. My TV watching is now much more intentional, in fact getting to catch up on shows on Hulu is the best motivator for me to get my ass on the treadmill in the morning. Nothing like getting to catch up on the last Bachelorette episode to drag you out of bed.