Household Organization Tips for Parents
Being a working parent takes an incredible amount of organization, preparation, juggling and a little bit of daily magic. Let Bright Horizons help! We’re hosting “Organization Tips for Busy Families: The Great Balancing Act” – a parent webinar featuring Family Room blogger Mary, Organized Mom tomorrow – Wednesday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Join us for expert tips on organizing your home and your family’s busy schedule.
How do you stay organized? Today some of the Family Room bloggers are sharing their favorite home (and life!) organization tips.
Household Organization Tips for Parents:
Mary, Organized Mom: I use the notepad on my iPhone for list making. Things to buy at the grocery store, things to buy at Target, items I’ve thrown in a bag for donations (it makes it easier to enter in the computer later for tax purposes), WEP codes for various places I go, birthday ideas for the kids, etc. I’m awful with names so I even have some notes on people I’ve met that I expect to see again.
Amy, Nourish Mom: I say I’m middle of the road when it comes to household organization, but there are two areas I keep consistently neat. First is the fridge. It drives me crazy when I can’t find items in the refrigerator. Prior to my weekly food shopping trip, I clean out the old food from the refrigerator and take an inventory of what we have and what we need. Then, I stock our new groceries in their designated shelves or drawers so everything is easy to find (for me and the family). Second is the art closet. Our hallway closet near to the kitchen “art” table has become the destination for a overwhelming amount of art supplies (how many crayons does one family need!?). This closet gets cleaned and organized every 2-3 months when the accordion doors no longer close even after endless shoving.
Media Mom: A few of my favorite tips: Buy shoes for the whole family only on Zappos, buy everything else on Amazon Prime and use Amazon Subscribe and Save for diapers and wipes. No matter how tired you are, pack the kids’ lunches the night before (you never know what meltdown awaits you in the morning). And if you ever saw the inside of my house, you wouldn’t take another household or life organization tip from me again, so I’ll stop there!
Ruth: Keep toy storage simple enough that your children can do it and help them understand how to put the toys away. Set the timer for 5 or 10 minutes and have everybody clean up for that amount of time. You’ll be amazed at how much you all can get done.
Heather, Commuter Mom: We tried and tried to organize our calendar online. But what has worked best for us is an old fashioned, month per page, paper calendar hung in our kitchen. My husband, daughter and I can all see what is going any given day. We put it in a spot in the kitchen where we are frequently so we can remind ourselves to check in. Every so often, I take a picture so that I have it for reference when we aren’t at home.
Bridget, Crafty Mom: Developing a weekly menu and shopping for it every weekend is the thing that brings the most control to my life. On Sunday morning, I sit down with my coffee, a few cookbooks, our calendar and a dry erase board that I use for the weekly menu. I slot in easy things like soup and grilled cheese on nights when we have activities, choose one pizza or “out” night and fill in the rest. I build my grocery list from that and we’re set for the week. I write the menu on a mini dry erase board that includes our activities for the week.
Jessie: Prep as much as you can the night before. Pre-label bottles, food, etc. to save time in the morning. Also, asking “does it matter?” If I am stressing about the laundry or dishes, I ask myself “at the end of the day, does it matter if it is done?” Most of the time the answer is ‘no.’ When it is, I let it go and tackle it when I can.
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Editor’s Note: Did you miss this parent webinar? Watch a recording of the Organization Tips for Busy Families webinar here.