Do you ever drive yourself crazy? Have you developed habits over the years that you hate about yourself and want to change? Well, I have! I absolutely hate that I am rarely on time (and let’s be real — almost always late, even by a few minutes). I like to make the most of my time and push myself to the limit, which often results in me being late or arriving with only a minute or two to spare. For example, if I was getting ready for a night shift and noticed I had 10 minutes until I needed to leave, I’d tidy up my kitchen some more, but end up losing track of time and then scrambling to get out the door and end up showing up 5 minutes late for my shift (sorry, girls!). I always end up hopping on the computer to finish editing just
one five more pictures, or scheduling another post on Facebook and inevitably get lost in my work and make myself late. All the time!
Add kids (3!) into that formula and it’s a recipe for disaster. I know parents of young children can relate to the plight of begging a toddler to put on their shoes, find their jacket, that NO they do not need to POOP right now as you’re trying to leave the house, among many many other scenarios. The more kids, the more hairy it gets, so I have found some strategies to help me be more organized with a 6 year old, 3 year old and newborn baby.
Make Supper Early
Ever since Jonathan came into our lives 3 weeks ago, I have actually become more organized with everything. I have learned that when Jonathan is napping, I need to do supper prep, even if it’s in the morning and a little bit at a time like chopping up veggies so they’re ready to cook. I do as much as I possibly can so that if he decides to go on a breastfeeding marathon right before or during our usual supper time, it’s easy to throw things together when I can or just ask Jay to piece supper together for me if he’s home.
Get The Big Kids Organized
Now that the big boys are older and in spring sports, I also have to be very organized for this. When Jonathan is napping in the late afternoon and either of the boys has soccer that day, they get in their full soccer gear (which isn’t that much anyway) and are ready to leave right after we have supper. If we have baseball, I make sure the gloves always stay in my vehicle and the boys are learning that if they want a water bottle, they need to fill it and remember to bring it. The same goes for school: I pack their lunch/snacks the day before and never leave it to the morning of and Braden has his homework done on the weekend and not last minute on Monday.
Keep Up With Laundry
It’s no big surprise, but I knew adding a 5th person, even so little, would double the laundry in our house. I am used to having newborns who spit like it’s their job, so I do a load of Jonathan’s laundry every single day, plus I have to keep up with everyone else’s too. I haven’t full-on committed to cloth diapering Jonathan yet because he is a super heavy wetter and leaks through all the newborn cloth that fit him, but isn’t quite big enough for the small sized cloth diapers which is fine by me, because — even MORE laundry! Not only keeping up with the laundry, but putting it away immediately. If I don’t, then by the time I put it away the dirty has piled up and I’m off to do another load.
Always Have the Diaper Bag Packed
You’d think 3 babies in, I’d have my ducks in a row, but there’s so many times I’m running back to the nursery to grab a handful of burp cloths or diapers! Luckily Jonathan has been a wonderful traveler and car seat baby, but when I get him in the car seat we have to GO NOW or he fusses. The family is learning this trick, so if I have the diaper bag packed and ready to go, it makes life all the easier for the family.
Doing these simple things has helped to keep my family on track and we’re even arriving to school and sports early… which never happens. I hope I can keep it up!