Regardless if you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom… I’m going to say that staying on top of all the things you need to do is one of the biggest balancing acts of our lives! I went to college and law school and that was way easier than being a mom!
Sometimes I think there should be a parade for us moms because we are pretty amazing human beings. Oh well. I digress. Today I want to discuss what it takes to stay active and stay organized. These are pretty unconventional ideas, but they work!
Put Your Kids in Their Clothes Before Bed
This is an idea from my sister-in-law. This may sound weird but it can save you so much time. After you take your kid out of their evening bath, put on their clothes that they’re going to be wearing tomorrow. This way, when they wake up, all you need to do is brush their hair a little bit or brush their teeth and you’re off! Talk about hassle free. The idea is to train your kids and yourself to be ready and active right when the day starts!
She says you can do the same for you! Don’t wear your work clothes in bed, but you can wear your workout clothes. This way when you wake up you can quickly go for a run or just workout before you get the day started.
I said this is my sister-in-law’s idea. This doesn’t work for me because like my husband my youngest is not a morning person. (It not applicable to my two other kids because the oldest is in college and the next one graduated from high school and is pursuing acting and music.) If my 7-year old were more like my niece and nephew this would be great. She never pops out of bed ready to go though. In the morning she drags herself to the bath and sits semi-comatose for about 20 minutes before she starts to wake up, soaps herself up and gets dressed. By the time she’s dressed 30-40 minutes later she’s awake and ready to be off.
What we do is gather her clothes and have what she’s going to wear laid out the night before. This saves time in the morning from having to pick clothes and helps us save time in the morning. I also like to gather my workout clothes and lay them out before bed. Whilst we do sleep in pajamas, having those clothes ready to go in the morning definitely is a time- and stress-saver.
Create a Hassle Free Lunch!
Once or twice a week it is best to bring a child or two in the kitchen and help you prep your family’s weekly lunch meals. All you need to do is cook some food and store it in Tupperware containers (one for each family member). This allows your hands to be free for the rest of the week! It also gives you more time to workout or get to other pesky errands you had planned in your day.
We also prep lunches the night before. That way, in the morning you need only grab and go.
Write a Nightly To-Do List
You never ever want to go to bed blind. This means that right before you go to bed you should take an index card, a small piece of paper, or your smart phone and note down a few things that you want / need to accomplish for the next day. This way you know exactly what needs to be done when you wake up. It helps lessen confusion and puts you on track.
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Assign Weekly Chores
It’s really cool to assign your family weekly / daily chore assignments. For example, in my house, my husband is assigned to put all the laundry in the washer every Tuesday night. And, I’ve assigned myself to put it into the dryer every Wednesday morning. And, we have it assigned that ever Wednesday night we fold the clothes together.
We’re now doing this with cooking, cleaning, and even gardening. The kids have their chores too. This way everyone is accountable to making sure that the family life is going well for anyone: a family who works together stays together.
I understand that these tips could be a little unconventional. But we live in the 21st century and it’s time that every single person in the family should hold some sort of responsibility to make sure that Moms are given the proper support to stay active and organized! The family unit is even stronger when the mother is happy and rested. 😀
What are your tips for finding time and staying balanced? Please share in the comments below
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices. She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.