11 Tips & Ideas for Busy Moms: Organize for Success!

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 Let’s face it.  Moms are BUSY.  So, so busy.  Between kids’ homework, sports, music & other activities, taking care of the home, church responsibilities and perhaps working on top of it, there is just so much to juggle and keep track of.  And that’s only the basics! Boy, do I get it.  In order to keep myself on track, and make the days a little easier and less hectic, I’ve implemented 11 different things into my day that while simple, make a HUGE difference, and help me organize for success!

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I won’t say they’ll make things perfect, because life is life, and things happen.  But they give me a leg up, and a fighting chance to do the things I need to do, and the things I want to do! I’ve discovered that keeping  my life organized gives me so many more options, and just makes our home run so much more smoothly.

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Making lists is definitely number one for me.  I love lists so much that when I accomplish something that’s not on my list, I add it so I can cross it off!  Yes, I might be a little crazy, but they really work.  With so many things to do, it’s nearly impossible to remember what they are, plus the details.  Writing them down gives me a visual reminder every day and each week, so I don’t forget anything important.  It also makes it so much easier to prioritize what I need to do, plus the sense of accomplishment I get when you cross items off your list isn’t bad either!

I make lists both weekly and daily lists.  If I can’t complete something on my daily list for whatever reason, I either move it to the next day, or to the weekly list.  My daily list is prioritized–just with a simple 1, 2, 3, etc.–so I know what I need to tackle first, and what absolutely needs to be done.

I include everything that needs to be done for the day–cleaning, laundry, kids’ stuff, blogging, church, etc. I also like to put it in order from morning to evening, but I think it’s really just finding what works best for you.

When do I make lists?  I do my weekly list on Sundays, looking to the week ahead, and the daily list I do each night before bed.

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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

12 thoughts on “11 Tips & Ideas for Busy Moms: Organize for Success!

  1. These are fantastic tips, many of which I’m working on implementing in our home. It’s definitely hard finding balance with all the craziness life throws at us, but I’ve found that being organized and structured helps a lot!

  2. Thank you for saying it out loud, “I hate making dinner”. Me, too!!! I mean, sometimes it is satisfying on the rare night when they all eat it, but mostly it is just messy and a chore. Thanks for saying it.

    I love the idea of everything having a place. I know that, of course, but it is a work in progress. My 3 kids just started a glorious Spring Break today so we have a little more time to implement some new strategies so will work on that one. Good tip for life.

    Nice read and reminder. Thanks for putting that together. Always nice to read your blog so thank you for the time and effort. I don’t know how you fine the time with all of those kids!

    1. Yay! Someone else agrees about dinner!! :) You’re right–getting things into their “place” takes time, and it’s definitely a process. Sounds like spring break is the perfect timing! Thanks so much for the kind words–they’re very appreciated!!! xoxo

  3. This is amazing! i’d love to come stay with you a week and see how smoothly it all goes. i bet i’d die of embarrassment over our current “system’ LOL

    1. Well, I have to admit it doesn’t always go smoothly, so definitely no embarrassment necessary!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting–I really appreciate it!! xoxo

  4. Thanks for sharing..as always..love all your ideas..I do some of the same..it was great to read it..and it confirmed some things for me!…like I am not crazy for wanting the house picked up before we go to bed..love waking up to a picked up house!!:)

  5. These are great tips on getting organized. I feel like a complete failure in reading all of this! I try so hard to plan ahead and keep up on the house, but living with 4 people with ADD and ADHD, organization is one of their biggest challenges, and has become mine by default. Any tips on helping them get organized and stay organized, without sounding like a broken record to them would be greatly appreciated! We have tried so many different things, but it is partly just how they are wired. I feel like it’s a life skill that is necessary for success. The struggle is real!

    1. Don’t feel like a failure! Seriously! Every family and home is so different, with different circumstances playing a part. I do have a couple of children that while not ADHD or ADD, they really struggle with organization as well. I think the number one thing that has helped to get them organized is to give them specific places for their things. It’s why each of my children have a number–and it goes on everything! They have a shoe basket with their number, and a hook with their number, so when they come in from school there is no question about their space. The hooks in the bathroom have numbers–that’s their hook for their towel, and they know where it’s supposed to go. I also have a hanging basket file for each child with their number on it, so they have a place for any school paperwork they are working on or need to save for later.

      I have them pick up as they go, because it’s so much more overwhelming at the end of the day or before dinner to pick up a huge mess. So as soon as they come in the door, their snack is ready for them once their shoes, coat, and backpack are hung up. Incremental organization is what I call it! Same thing before dinner, and then before bed.

      One of my daughters really struggled with keeping her homework organized (5th grade). In their school they have binders for every subject, and a take home folder, and it was just too much. She kept forgetting her homework, or forgetting what she had to do, or forgetting an important item at school. I finally simplified it for her, and created a very basic folder that she could put all of her take-home homework in, plus a list of what it was. That simplification made all the difference, and she could then handle it, and be more successful. Simplification has also made a difference for my kids that have a more difficult time focusing, so I think that’s another reason why the number/specific baskets have worked so well.

      I know it’s not easy, and it’s not always going to go exactly right–believe me, I’ve been there! Hang in there!! I hope this has helped a little. xoxo

  6. You have some great tips, thanks for sharing! I love learning from those with bigger households. It would be great sometime to read a “day in the life” type post to see how you put this together on a given day. Actually a given week would be even better! 😊

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