Author: Deborah Debban, Embracing Order
Being a parent is a rewarding yet demanding role that can often leave little time for oneself. The constant juggling act between work, home, family and personal responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
However, there is a solution that can alleviate some of these burdens: organizing your home.
In this post, I’ll share some simple strategies and practical tips that will help you organize your space, simplify your life and reduce stress. Ready to get started? Let's do this!
1. Start Small and Break It Down
When faced with the daunting task of organizing your entire home, it’s essential to start small and break the work into manageable steps.
Begin with a specific area or room that needs attention, such as the kitchen or your child’s playroom. Set and achievable goal and a timer for the area that you are focusing on.
By starting small, you’ll quickly experience a sense of accomplishment and momentum, making it easier to stay motivated and keep going.
2. Involve Your Family
Remember the saying, “Many hands make light work?” Involving your family in the organizing process not only lightens your load but it also teaches valuable life skills to your children.
Assign age-appropriate tasks to your kids and encourage them to take responsibility for their belongings. By instilling a sense of teamwork and ownership, you’ll not only create an organized home but also strengthen the bond within your family.
3. Plan Your Day
One effective strategy for managing a busy life is to prepare for the day ahead. Think of this process as a gift to your future self.
For example, get the coffee ready, pack lunches, set out outfits, and gather necessary items for activities and appointments.
This simple practice will save you precious time in the morning and alleviate the dreaded morning rush. You’ll start the day feeling more in control and less stressed. Plus, you are getting those tasks OUT of your head and completed or at least written down, lessening the mental load.
You've Got This! And if Not A NAPO Organizer is Only a Phone Call Away
As a busy parent, maintaining an organized home can be transformative for you and your family. By embracing organization and involving your family you’ll experience reduced stress levels, increased efficiency and a more peaceful home.
Remember to start small, think ahead, and celebrate the progress you make along the way. With each step, you’ll create a home that supports your family’s well-being while providing a haven of peace in the midst of life’s unending chaos.
And remember, if you get overwhelmed or need assistance at any point in your organizing journey, there are NAPO Professional Organizers in your area that would love to help you get started, stay motivated and provide their expertise to your specific home and family’s needs.
Author: Deborah Debban
NAPO Oregon Chapter Member
Embracing Order, LLC