13 simple ways you can be a more organised mama

Being a stay-at-home mum and having a happy and healthy home is mostly about organisation. In my 14 years of being a stay-at-home mum I've been through many stages including being super organised and being not-so-organised. I've learned that by staying organised me and my family are much happier and there's a peace that descends over the house that means we can spend more time together as a family. It's all about being organised and so with that in mind here are 13 simple ways you can be a more organised mama.



1. Get up early


Believe me I know how difficult it can be to drag yourself out of a warm and cosy bed, especially when it's frosty outside and you can see that to-do list for the day in front of you. But if you do leave your cosy bed you'll be able to get started on your to-do list earlier. To give you that extra boost you could try working out first thing in the morning, then you'll really be ready to start your day - it'll get your heart pumping and your adrenaline going. You can do this!


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | Getting up at sunrise means you'll get some extra time for yourself.
Watch the sunrise and enjoy the peace before the kids get up.



2. Get into a routine


Getting into a routine can really help with staying organised. If you get out of bed already knowing how your morning is planned it makes it easier to know how much time, if any, you have for other things. Having a set plan for what jobs you'll get done makes checking things off easier, and that makes you feel good. Routine is also good for your kids, knowing what they have to do when they get up and what is planned for the morning means you'll have to spend less of your time explaining things to them. Another win.





The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. 

Mike Murdock




3. Get a planner


It could be on your phone or a physical planner but when you write everything down it's easier to keep track of things. I use both, a physical planner and my phone. I use both because if I need to check my diary when I'm out and about I don't need to have my planner with me, but also physically writing things down helps me. 

Actually writing something down gets it out of my head and gives me more thinking space (!) but it also means that I am more organised as a result. I love my passion planner, but there are plenty to choose from.


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | By writing everything down you can become more organised.
Be sure to write everything down!



4. Write everything down


Make lists, write down your goals, list rules for the kids - write it all down. Use your planner to keep everything organised in nice lists or in date order but write it all down. I write all appointments down, including school trips, birthdays, and the Hubby's appointments too, that way I can keep track of where everyone is going to be and any plans we have. It also helps to keep us organised when it comes to planning day trips for half term or other school holidays.



5. Checklists


Whether it's a cleaning checklist, chores list for the kids, or even a shopping list, listing them on paper or digitally so that you can tick them off when they're done helps you be an organised mama. The cleaning checklist is brilliant because you don't even need to think about what needs doing that day, it's right there on the list so you can just get on with the job and tick it off when it's finished. The same goes for the kids and their chores, my two are terrible at remembering what they need to do so giving them a chores list with everything on there has really helped them. 

I love checklists, they help me keep track of everything and make me feel like I'm actually making progress, even with those jobs that have to be done every day.



6. Have a recipe list


If your family is anything like ours you have your favourite meals that you cook often. Then you get into a routine where you're having the same meals again and again and you get bored. You need something new to eat and you go in search of something. Then you cook that thing, again and again, until you get bored - but here's the thing, you forget the first thing you liked.


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | Keeping track of your favourite meals helps with meal planning, even sandwiches can be forgotten.
Even the best sandwiches can be forgotten.


Having a recipe list, or a meal list, is a way of keeping track of all the meals you and your family love. I have both, there are meals I love cooking and that the boys love to eat and they're on my list. I have meals that are quick and easy to cook, that are perfect for those times when the boys are going out with friends and want something quick to eat.

My recipe list includes all the meals I've cooked and want to keep. Recipes from Tasty that I've copied and want to keep - the thing I've noticed about Tasty recipes is they change, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. I have an old Chicken Lo Mein recipe that I've noticed they changed and while I'm sure they know best I know the old recipe worked well and my boys love it - so I'll stick with that one. I copy all recipes and keep them on my phone in a folder, that way when I need one of them it's right there on my phone. 



7. Meal plan


Every Sunday evening I sit down for 30 minutes or so and look at my meal list. I decide what meals we'll be eating during the following week. Meal planning helps me stay organised, it makes it easier to get on with the cooking when I already know what I'll be cooking rather than deciding on the day. It also means I can tell the boys what we're eating or list it on a weekly menu so they don't even need to ask me.



8. Organise your food shop


After meal planning you can organise your food shop, you'll know what you need to buy for the week and you'll spend less time wandering around the supermarket deciding what to buy. When I organise my food shop, list it on paper or the iPad, I get my shopping done much quicker.


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | Organising your food shop is easier than you think!
Organise your food before you start!



9. Online food shopping


Once you've planned your meal and organised your food shop get on the computer and order your food online. You'll get it done much quicker, you can arrange delivery for when it's convenient, and you'll even save money because you won't pick up things you don't need because you won't be wandering around the supermarket.

All the planning, organising, and buying the food can be done in the comfort of your own home. Now that's a win right?



10. Meal prep


Once you've had your shopping delivered you can prep your meals for the week. Chop vegetables for the meals and put them in air-tight bags, arrange the food so that it's together in the "meals" you've planned. If you can grab a pre-chopped bag of vegetables from the fridge rather than getting carrots out and having to spend 10 minutes peeling and chopping you'll save time on the cooking and you'll have less cleaning to do too.





Do all of your peeling and chopping when you have your food delivered and then you can clean it all up and know you won't have to do that for the rest of the week!



11. Clean as you go


If you do the meal prep you'll only need to clean up that mess once, and if you do it straight after the meal prep it'll all be sorted. The other thing is to clean up after yourself as you make the mess. I tend to clean up while things are cooking. For example while I'm cooking chicken, waiting for it to brown in a pan, I'll wash a few pans or wipe down the kitchen sides. While the meal is in the oven I'll empty the dishwasher or fill it as needed.





The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.

Marie Kondo




After dinner I do tend to leave the cleaning until the following morning so that I can spend time with my family rather than cleaning, but other than that doing the cleaning as you go is much better.



12. Have uniforms sorted and ready


Wash and iron school uniforms before the week they're needed and arrange them in the wardrobe or doors in a way that the kids will find it easy to grab them. Making it easier for your kids to get dressed is going to make your life easier in the long run, you won't have to spend time finding clothes or helping them get ready because they'll already have everything they need.



13. Organise school mornings


As you plan your meals for the week you should plan your school mornings too. Make sure everything is ready, uniforms sorted for the week, packed lunches made the night before or arranged into pots that can just be grabbed from the fridge when needed. If you already have packed lunches made you won't be rushing around in the morning trying to get them sorted.




When you have everything organised life is much easier and you can leave for school in a much better mood!


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Being more organised can seem like an impossible task, but by making small simple steps you can be super organised and before you know it you'll be a rocking organised mama.


What changes will you make today to become a more organised mama?




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  1. Great advice. I always feel so much more productive when I get up earlier, even if it's just half an hour or so. #PoCoLo

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    1. Totally agree Kim, thanks. It's just MAKING yourself get up earlier that's the problem! 😉

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  2. Not just for mums' I have a routine and get up early and I also meal plan and prep food/batch cook even though it's just the 2 of us, without this organisations, days just get wasted for me #pocolo

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    1. You're right of course Suzanne, I'm sure a lot of these tips would work for anyone wanting to be more organised. I just wrote it for mums because that's what I am! :)

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  3. Such good advice lovely. I have definitely had to be organised since working 4 days. I do online shop and we have electronic diaries, checklists and even visual timetables galore here. They definitely work for us. I'm off to download your pack. #POCOLO

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    1. Thanks Catie. I can imagine working 4 days means you absolutely need to be organised. I have no doubt that if I worked I would HAVE to be super organised. Hope you enjoy the pack! xxx

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  4. I am chaotic on the whole but try so hard so these tips are great. Clean as you go made me laugh - if only they would do the same! #PocoLo

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    1. Oh I know! If only. You have no idea how many times I tell them but it just doesn't sink it. However, I do remember my parents saying the same to me and it's only just sinking in! x

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