Do you ever feel like you have too much to do and so little time to do it? If you have a new baby, we know that your life can be hectic and the exact opposite of organized. Whether your prefer to be more easy-going, or like to have your schedule planned out to the smallest detail, we don't blame you for wanting to regain some control during this new time of your life. So if you are looking for easy ways to organize your busy life, here are a couple suggestions on how to begin:
- Start a log: Do your best to begin writing down all the times and creating a schedule for when your baby eats, sleeps and more. If you would prefer to do it the old fashion way, you can write down all of this information, or if you prefer to be more up to date with modern technology, there are plenty of new apps out on the market to help you. This will not only help you keep track of what you need to do next, but will be beneficial for anyone that cares for your new baby when you go out for a needed night on the town, or weekend getaway.
- Devote specific times for cleaning: Your house can become a disaster zone easily if you aren't careful, but if you designate specific times or days to tackling different areas of cleaning, this will help you keep on top of the clutter. Just take a few minutes while you baby is napping to pinpoint different areas of the house, like doing the dishes, or picking up toys.
- Develop a weekly schedule: Going beyond just setting aside a few moments each day for cleaning, try creating a weekly schedule where you dedicate a day to tackle a different area of the house or run certain errands. For example, while your Mondays might be used to do laundry, you can then devote your Tuesdays to vacuuming, Wednesdays to bathroom cleaning, Thursdays to grocery shopping and more. This will keep you the control you need, while letting you feel like you don't have to accomplish everything at once. Furthermore, make sure to pencil in a certain day for rest and specific times each day to relax to recharge for the next activity.
- Invest in storage: To save yourself the trouble of running back and forth between rooms for necessary items, try having a storage basket or container in each room you spend the most time in with all the needed baby gear, like diapers, favorite toys and more. This way you can shave off those extra minutes you spend hunting down a needed pacifier or plush blanket and invest them in caring for your baby.
- Practice self-care: Remember that no matter how extensive and detailed your schedules or logs are, you won't be able to be as organized as you would like to be if you are always running around on the verge of a stress breakdown. It is important for new and old parents alike to practice quality self care. Whether you achieve that through hiring a baby sitter once a week to go out for a nice dinner and movie, or simply setting aside a few minute each day to watching your favorite television show or reading a book, it is important to take care of yourself. This way you will be able to be on the top of your game and on your way to greater organizational skills.