Life as a mom is busy!
Seemingly UNcomplicated things become the opposite when trying to manage multiple schedules in the house, aside from my own. I’ve also found that my priorities are not always (okay…almost NEVER) the same as my kids. Do you feel me here?! If so, don’t worry! Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference in simplifying the day-to-day.
Here are a few of the simplest changes I made to cut out chaos in #momlife:
I don’t know about you, but socks used to be enemy numero uno in my household. Multiple colors, holiday-themed, crew socks, ankle socks, ruffled socks…the list goes on. There’s one of this one and one of that one..that go in a separate pile until I could find the darned match. After baby #2, I hardly had enough energy to get through the morning, let alone care of his socks matched (sad but true!). The poor kid deserves better. So, I set out on a mission to find one type of sock per child (and myself) that work for 95% of all occasions.
Simple fix: Buy white socks.
And only white socks. And not only white socks, the SAME white socks for each kid. Sure, there may be times when an exception needs to be made, but as long is it stays just that, you’ll save a tiny piece of your sanity here.
I may have mentioned it before, but I love organizing. I’ve actually scaled back because I used to organize things into categories broken down by categories broken down by categories. That included my children’s toys. Let’s face it, that system is hard for an adult to keep up with, let along a child. And, since having two children. My standards of cleaning up have been lowered. Today, out of sight is peace-of-mind for me and my husband at the end of the day. One common space for ALL of the toys creates a quick and efficient way for our children to #win at tidying up their play room.
Simple fix: Use one toy box for children’s toys to live. Bonus points for one with a lid.
Trust me, your kids won’t care where their toys end up. Tomorrow, they’ll all just be in that same pile on the floor anyway.
In the past, the bottom rack of my dishwasher has trouble keeping up with the top. Way too often, I found myself reaching into the cabinet for a new cup for my child, just to find the cabinet empty…and dishwasher full. It. Was. Exhausting.
Simple fix: Assign one cup to each child for the day. Use only that cup.
Now, my both racks of my dishwasher fill up equally as fast.
How often have you found yourself in your car, desperately needing a paper towel, wet wipe, scissors, Kleenex or Band-Aid? There are days I may actually spend as much time in the car as at home…and I know I’m not alone here.
Simple fix: Make your car an extension of your home. Seriously.
https://thehappyhealthyfamily.com/ultimate-guide-to-mom-car-organization/This is such a big deal to me. You can read my whole post, The Ultimate Guide to Car Organization here.
5. Clothing options
As soon as my daughter, Emerson, become old enough to have an opinion on what she wanted to wear, (the nerve!) getting dressed in the morning has become a bit more…challenging. And, I know that once my son becomes old enough to care, I’ll be multiplying that by two.
Simple fix: Plan your whole week of outfits out on Sunday night.
Choosing our clothes ahead of time has paid off in a number of ways. 1) One-on-one time with Mom or Dad 2) Get excited about the week ahead 3) Eliminates the need to make big, important decisions first thing in the morning. I’ll have to admit, I started doing this for myself as well, and I love how it feels to put my morning on autopilot that way!
P.S How cute is this days of the week organizer we use for Emerson?! Click here to check it out on Amazon!
Now, of course this isn’t an end-all-be-all list of ways to simplify your life. BUT, it’s a great way to start! And, it’s truly amazing how the littlest things can make such a difference in the day-to-day. Which areas of life are you struggling most to simplify? I’d love to help you out with a sequel to this post!