By: Michellene Lagdameo
Regardless if you’re a full-time homemaker or work outside of home, it can’t be ignored that the house quickly devolves into chaos if Mom doesn’t keep everything together by the seams! Between making sure there’s food in the pantry, utilities stay on, and everybody in the family has what they need when they need it, mom knows best how to manage it all. Having a working system and method to the madness is key, and here are a few effective ones!
1. Sorting clothes by season and size
Little ones grow so fast! Make sure you minimize wasting clothes and know what you are lacking at a glance by storing your kids clothes by season (summer and cold weather) and size (toddler clothes vs baby clothes). This is helpful especially when dealing with hand-me-downs! Invest in stacking boxes or those vacuum-sealed clothing bags, label accordingly, and you can easily pull out a new batch when needed.
2. Pantry inventory tips
All mamas know the feeling of forgetting that one thing when you come home from the grocery! Tack up a clipboard or magnetic board near your pantry or shelves and keep a running list of what you have versus what you need. Keep a pen nearby and list down what you’ve just run out of. You’ll see, your grocery list is practically writing itself!
3. Toy sorting and swap-outs
Between birthdays and doting grandparents, it’s easy to get overrun with toys! Teach your kids the value of their toys by regularly doing a toy clean-up. Have a bin each ready for toys they want to store away (to keep in rotation) and toys they know will be better off in another home (donating to those in need).
4. Command center for Mama
Moms need to stay on top of household errands, school commitments, and if she’s working, even more! Dedicate a corner of the den, study, or kitchen to house your very own command center. A few filing folders, a corkboard, and lots of paper and pens will keep your bills and deadline reminders in check.
Mich Lagdameo is a mom to a precocious 1-year-old. She is a writer and editor by trade and calling, and she lives for books, leisurely grocery trips, cups of good coffee, long drives with her husband, and the Food Network. Her days are punctuated by the sound of her computer keys and her daughter banging into things.