Organized Parenting 101
No parent is perfect — but if you’re organized, it’s easier to be able to focus on the really important stuff! Whether you’re preparing for the arrival of a newborn or you’re looking for ways to keep organized with an older child, here are some helpful hints for staying organized.
Every parent has special mementos they want to save for their child. From birth announcements to report cards, make sure these items are protected to ensure they remain in good condition. For cherished papers and fabrics, choose archival storage boxes that protect against damaging ultraviolet light and migrant acids. For artwork and school papers, a clear storage box labeled with the child’s name and the school year will do the trick. Be selective when choosing which items to keep — choosing a box that’s not too big will keep things manageable.
No matter how old your child is, advance prep work is KEY to staying organized and on top of everything! Do as much as you can the night before to prepare for the following day — put library books to be returned and signed permission slips in backpacks, pack bottles and changes of clothes, make sure lunches are packed and clothes are picked out before going to bed.
Even if you considered yourself a well-organized scheduler and planner before kids, adding family members inevitably results in missed appointments or over scheduling! From the time you start hosting playdates, post a calendar in a shared space of your home so that everyone knows who is to be where, and when. Utilize a bulletin board next to the calendar to keep party invites, tickets, coupons and other items accessible.
As any seasoned parent will tell you, routines can set your family up for success, no matter how old your children are! From newborns and feeding schedules to bedtime routines on school nights, when you routinely follow the same process, everyone knows what to expect and what is expected of them. No surprises means a smoother day for everyone!
If you no longer need a diaper bag, consider a “Mom Bag.” There are just some things that are good to have on hand when you’re a parent! Use travel pouches to keep items together so they’re within easy reach in your handbag or tote. Here are some of our favorites:
- First aid kit (bandages, travel size antiseptic spray, pain and allergy medication, sunscreen)
- Stain removal stick
- Wysi Wipes Biodegradable Towels
- A permanent marker (you never know when you’ll need to label something)
- Emergency snacks
- Flat roll Duct Tape (great for quick fixes!)