STRATEGY #3: A PLACE AND TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Managing things, people, and time is the organized new mom’s biggest challenge. And yet, it can actually be one of the simplest things to accomplish, if done in small bits, in the right way.
8.) Label shelves and bins. Label the linen closet. Label dresser drawers. Label shelves in the kitchen. If it stores something, label it.This allows your mom to know where to stash the clean towels, and your spouse can find the band-aids without yelling for you.
Ideally, in the labeling process, you will declutter and organize the contents as you go. Even if all you have time for is one drawer a day, you’ll have a better organized, less messy home for your efforts.
9.) Having a place for your purse, the diaper bag, the car seat, the keys - anything you routinely need to leave the house with baby - is ideal.
You come home - everything goes into its designated space. You leave? Everything is ready and waiting for you to pick up and go.
10.) Setting appointments for the same time (or as close as humanly possible) not only helps you remember when they are, but also creates a “routine” for your appointment days. Check-ups for baby, and yourself, won’t be such a stressful occasion, or as easily forgotten, if they are at the same time each time you go.
You can do this with other appointments and scheduled events, too. Mommy and Me class at the gym at 10am on Tuesdays? Schedule baby’s next check-up for 10am on Wednesday. Sticking to a routine like this helps you better manage your time, makes things easier to remember, and makes planning your days a little easier, too.
11.) DON’T make a to-do list. Again, this sounds counterintuitive. Take a tip from some of the most productive (and busy) members of the business world and make a calendar instead. If it’s 10am, we’re at the gym. If it’s 11am, we’re shopping on the way home. At 1pm, baby is napping and organized new mom is folding the morning’s load of washing while relaxing with a little “Better Call Saul”. At 6pm, dinner is on the table while tomorrow night’s meal is simmering in the crock pot.
Setting a calendar, even a flexible one, rather than a to-do list, helps you better manage your time, and your life. Time is used, rather than wasted, and things are less likely to be put off till “later”.