Thursday, 10 May 2018

Tips for Being an Organised Mum {ft. Flying Tiger}


Before I share how I keep organised as a mum, I'll throw a little disclaimer out there that I'm not naturally the most organised of people, and often I've been seen to be running about chasing my tail a little when it comes to keeping family life ticking along, but lately (I think since LO started at school) I've become SO much more organised with mum life and family life in general. I've found lots of simple ways to make life easier and to be that organised mum, so I thought I'd share what's worked for me.
1) Lists
One thing I have always been a fan of is the good old list. I literally make lists for everything and love sitting down with my pen and a nice notebook (how gorgeous is this sequin notebook from Flying Tiger?) to plan life in lists, from meal plans to shopping lists, to planning ideas for blog content or daily to-do tasks such as making an appointment or ordering school meals. It's something I do on a daily basis and for me, I prefer the pen and paper method, but I know there are some useful ways you can use lists on phones too. 

2) The Big Family Calendar
I have a little tradition where every year someone in my family buys me a big family calendar as they know how much I love planning and organisation. I have a planning centre area in our kitchen and keep the calendar on the wall there. It means I can add to it when I need to, tick off events and just see at a glance each day what we have coming up that week. Since LO has been at school, we obviously get newsletters with school events on, and the first thing I do is to sit and transfer all the dates onto the calendar. I love our current calendar which is from Busy B as it has a pocket in each month where you can place things like party invites or appointment cards. 


3) Plan Ahead
This is something I am trying to get better at myself, as we have never been great at making fixed plans months or even weeks in advance, but we will always try to fix weekends here and there to go and visit family up in Yorkshire and even make a note of when we have an entirely free weekend so that we can plan in a local weekend activity with the boys or a time to have friends over for a meal. I think it is a good way of prompting you to actually get on and make those plans!

4) Meal Plan & Online Shop
This is one of the most important ways in which we have become more organised as a family. Meal planning not only helps us know what we are going to be eating each day, it also helps us to save money and time too. It's also helping us to make sure we use up food we already have as well as being a little more adventurous with the meals we cook. It's not something I particularly enjoy doing and often struggle to think of new meals to give to the boys (watching meal planning and food haul videos on YouTube helps massively though!) but being able to sit and do a shopping list with my meal planner in the kitchen makes it so much easier than lugging a trolley around a supermarket with a toddler and a 4 year old. 


5) Get Ready the Night Before
As soon as LO comes in from school, he knows to put his shoes in the shoe cabinet and his coat on his peg. I check his book bag for letters, certificates and invitations and get his reading book and reading journal out. I make sure I write in that once he's done his reading and then put his book bag by the door ready for the next morning (along with Little L's nursery bag if it's a nursery day). It saves running around before school trying to find everything. 


6) Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind
As well as keeping on top of mum life stuff, I also run my blog, so I need to make sure I'm keeping organised with that too. I'm not very disciplined with working from home and get distracted by housework and other jobs around the house, so it's important for me to have a desk space which I can just sit down at without feeling distracted. I love my current desk setup- a few green plants, a basket to hold my camera equipment and memory cards, a notebook and of course somewhere to keep pens and other bits of stationery too. 

7) Start a Laundry Routine
Tuesdays and Thursdays are the two days when Little L is at nursery and I try and get blog work done. But of course, I rarely spend the entire day actually sitting at my desk doing blog work. I find it's too easy on those days to come back from the school run, grab a coffee and start tidying and cleaning. The school day really is quite short so it's important I make the most of those 6 hours. By making sure I do a load of laundry every morning of the week, get it dried in the afternoon and out away in the evening means I'm not faced with a mountain of laundry on my work days. 


So that's a few ways I am trying to be organised at the moment. I'm really finding doing these simple things and making them part of my mum life routine is really helping to keep family life ticking along more smoothly. How do you keep organised? Do you have any tricks or tips to help keep family life running smoothly?




NB: Thank you to Flying Tiger for kindly gifting me some gorgeous stationery to help keep my mum life organised! 








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