Moms everywhere seem to share the same problem: There’s not enough time to get everything done, let alone done well. Meanwhile, you’re tripping over piles of toys and can’t find anything in your closet because you never have time to organize it.
Your family is counting on you, too, which means more pressure to whip through all your duties, from grocery shopping to scrubbing bathtubs. “Moms are always on call,” says Susan Newman, author of The Book of No: 250 Ways to Say It – and Mean It – and Stop People-Pleasing Forever.
Include on-call status to your regular to-do list and you’re left exhausted, wishing you had more time just to be with your family instead of running errands and doing chores.
Here are some quick tips that will help you keep it under control.
Stop wasting time looking for things you use often, like scissors, reading glasses, or baby wipes. Keep duplicates in the rooms where you spend the most time.
Store your child’s outgrown clothes in large plastic bins. Attach identifying labels such as “0 to 3 months,” “6 to 9 months,” “9 to 12 months,” and so on. Once your child has grown out of a size, you can easily store the clothes, loan them to a friend, or take them to a consignment shop.
Limit personal email and computer time. Figure out a reasonable amount of time you want to spend on email or the computer and stick to it. Try breaking your email or computer time up so you’re only using it twice a day.
Assemble your children’s outfits when you put clothes away in their drawers. Then you can quickly grab a full outfit without having to waste time scouring the drawers for a matching shirt and pair of pants.
Create a master calendar in your email in-box. Then add important appointments and activities and set up reminders for up to one week ahead. This calendar can be shared with family members through email. (Google Calendar, a free web-based system, sends reminders to mobile phones.)
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