How to stay organized in life in 5 simple steps and how to keep it that way! Learn why being organized is so important and how you can get organized in no-time.
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Why is it so important to be organized?
Getting organized in life will help you to actually spend more time on activities you want to do.
Having a daily schedule and using it will help you to make time for things that are important to you!
Plus, it will free your mind from all the guilt you have been experiencing over the years such as, I don’t spend enough quality time with my loved ones or I should exercise more!
How To Stay Organized In Life:
Well, first of all you have to get organized in life in order to stay organized. So, let’s get organized before we can work on staying organized!
1. How To Stay Organized In Life – You Need To Plan Out Your Week
Let’s start at the beginning:
Look at your families daily schedule and be honest with yourself.
Evaluate what is going well and what isn’t:
- Are your kids having a hard time getting out of bed the morning? Yes, plan a little extra time, so nobody ends up being late.
- Is packing lunches taking way too much time in the morning? Try to do it the night before to save some time.
- Are your kids complaining about not having clean clothes in the mornings? Let them take the clothes out the night before. If they are little like my kids do it for them.
- Does your dog take a long time outside in the morning? Let your dog out right after you get up in the morning, so your dog has all the time in the world to do its business outside.
See the pattern here? Decide what doesn’t go well and try to come up with a solution. Be honest! Talk to your partner he/she may have a great idea to makes things easier for all of you.
Plan Out Your Meals
I know everybody is talking about meal planning and meal preparation. I’m not too crazy about preparing every single meal on Sundays or any other day for that matter. Cooking ahead just creates too much stress in my life. Instead, I prepare better and I’m using simple recipes.
FREE Meal Plan
However, I do create a meal plan for the week. It helps me to stay organized and it also reduced my grocery bill by $50 a week. Check out my meal plan and grocery list I created for you. It’s such an easy tool that will help you to stay organized every week.
Hint: Just plan out your week. I noticed that planning out every meal and snacks helped me to stay on track with healthy eating.
Decide what you want to accomplish around the house/yard
Also, my husband and I discuss our schedule at the beginning of the week and decide what we want to accomplish for the week.
For instance, my husband decides he needs three hours to move the lawn and cut the bushes. Most likely, I will try to schedule a play date for the kids. The other way around, I would tell my husband I need some time to deep clean the bathrooms and he will take the kids to the playground.
Communication is key
Talking it through helps us to stay organized. More importantly, it helps us not to be surprised by each other’s plans. Instead, we know about the other persons’ goal and we can schedule around it.
To be honest, I used to be upset with my husband when he suddenly announced he wanted to move the lawn and the kids and I were bored at home. Now, I can plan and avoid such disappointment.
2. How To Stay Organized In Life – Stay On Top Of Your Household
I know easier said than done.
Pick a task every day that you can actually accomplish!
Monday through Fridays I make sure the house is somewhat clean.
- I load and unload the dishwasher every day.
- Vacuuming every two days and mope the floors
- The kids and I go through every room 15 minutes before my husband gets home and just pick up so it “looks” clean (this helps so much and it doesn’t take long)
- I make the beds every day
Saturdays, I clean the floors and surfaces.
- 2-3 times a month I deep clean the bathrooms on top of it
I noticed is that when the kitchen and floors are clean the whole house appears so much cleaner.
And on Sunday I do laundry.
- my husband likes to do yard work after church on Sundays. So, I only do laundry that day.
Create a Schedule that works for YOU
This schedule works perfectly for me. And you need to create a schedule that works for YOU!
Splitting up tasks helps me to stay on top of it all. Again, be honest with yourself. If Sundays don’t work for you make Saturday your laundry day.
If your schedule doesn’t work after a week move things around. Eventually, you will find what works for you.
3. How To Stay Organized In Life – Grocery Shopping/Instacart
I usually take my children grocery shopping and have them help me with the list.
For instance, my oldest picks items for me and puts them in the shopping cart. I point out all the items in German and it helps her and even her sister with their language skills. Yay!
Learn more about my 8 stress-free steps to teach your kids a foreign language.
In addition, I do pick out fruit and vegetables after she points them out to make sure they are fresh. And we put delicate items in the shopping cart together.
I keep my 2-yr old happy by feeding her a snack. Always pack snacks Mamas! Trust me!
Try to have fun, while going grocery shopping.
However, for busy moms there is always the option to have your groceries delivered.
I love Instacart they will deliver your groceries within 2 hours without charging you a delivery fee and all of that for $99/year.
Plus, you don’t need a Costco membership to get items delivered from Costco to your door step.
We use Instacart when my schedule gets too busy or when the kids are sick.
Learn more about other services busy moms use on a weekly basis.
4. How To Stay Organized In Life – To-Do-Lists
Everyone who knows me knows how much I love to-do-lists.
I have a short-term and a long-term to-do-lists and I also create one for special events.
Let me explain further. My short-term list includes things I want to accomplish for the week, such as scheduling a doctors appointment, paying a bill, or buying a birthday present.
Long-term lists are things I want to accomplish in the next year or so. My biggest one is to apply for dual citizenship.
Special event lists are usually birthday parties, baptisms and such. That helps me to plan a well-organized event for my family.
How to write a to-do-list
Prioritize tasks! Do not start with a task just because you like to do it. Make sure you start with something that needs to get done. I’m so guilty of that. I have gotten a lot better over time though.
So, start your list with things that need to get done immediately. That is true for every list.
Create a separate list
If a task includes a lot of extra steps or things you need to think of creating its own list this will help you to stay organized such as, grocery shopping.
I use my iPhone “Notes” for my to-do-lists. It’s handy and you can check them when accomplished. There is no better feeling than to check something off your to-do-list.
It may not always seem helpful
You can organize your whole life by writing a to-do-list. I’m not exaggerating.
Also, I have a list about things I want to accomplish in life and I check that list at least ones a month. This blog was one of the points I wanted to accomplish in life. Here I am!
5. How To Stay Organized In Life – Live In The Moment
This is by far my favorite and most essential part of it all. Live in the moment! When I complete a “task” be there 100%.
Embrace the task
For instance, when I go grocery shopping I embrace this task. I try to find the best deals while teaching my kids about groceries and healthy foods.
I do not worry about anything else on my list… It won’t get done that way anyway!
Now, you might wonder how that helps you to be more organized?
When you give tasks your all you are more likely to do them right. Which will save you a lot of time in the long term.
For instance, when you go to the grocery store without a list or you are not focused you might forget important groceries. Now, you will have to go out again which will cause you some extra time.
How To Stay organized
Here are my best tips on staying motivated:
- Start your day on a good note! Having thoughts like “ugh this is going to be a long day” or “I have 1 million things to do” are not helpful. Positive thoughts are so important!
- Meditate in the mornings if you need to. I use the insight timer app. It will take 10 minutes a day to stay focused and motivated in life. So worth it if you ask me.
- Look at your schedule and to-do-list the night before so you don’t miss out on any important tasks.
- Ask for help if you need it. I’m sure you have many people in your life who would love to help you!
- If you need to slack make sure to still complete your high priority tasks. And to add the other tasks to the following day.
- If you really can’t manage your schedule hire help! It is worth your sanity!
However, all of that being said I know a lot of moms who still complain about their lives and schedules, but they are constantly on social media commenting and posting.
Don’t waste your time!
Please do not go on social media and think this is everyone’s real life! It’s not! It’s their social media life.
Don’t waste your time thinking other people have it so much better than you do. Chances are they are facing the same challenges.
Just work on your schedule and to-do-lists and don’t let others stop you.
You can do this!