I usually have 5 habits I practice, but that went out the window the last couple of weeks due to sickness, extra work, Christmas parties, and my son’s graduation from college. (Yes, there is a God.)
I wish I could say that I am totally done with everything for the holidays, but I am not. If you are one of those people who has all the presents wrapped and under the tree, and you’re on standby just waiting for the big day, well, blah. (That’s me sticking my tongue out.)
I am tired. Dog-tired. Life just got in the way the last couple of weeks, and I haven’t been able to get it all together. For all of you messy and unorganized people out there, I bet you are having a great laugh. Hardee-harr-harr.
I understand you. I get the whole procrastination thing. The Twelve Stages of Procrastination for Christmas go into more detail about how it happens.
I hate to admit it, but I haven’t even started shopping. I am a little panicked because we only have a week left. Let me give you an example of how bad it is around here. Yesterday, I gave my daughter a credit card and told her to go shopping for herself for Christmas. (She had a budget.)
I told her I would wrap it up and give it to her. Surprise!! Do you think I am going too far if I have her wrap her own presents? I am really considering it at this point. If there is a bad mom award, I have won. Gold medal, please. When I am this far off track, I stop and put these 5 habits to help moms back in place.
5 Habits to Help Moms
1. Walk through the house and clean up each room.
I go room by room every morning and deal with any messes. I pick up trash, put blankets up, and straighten pillows. (One time I found chewing gum and a popsicle stick in my potted plant. Does this just happen at my house?) Make sure you have the kids help you clean up their part of the mess. Anything that doesn’t belong in that room is put in a pile at the entrance of the room.
When I am done cleaning that room, I take my pile and deliver it around the house. If I get distracted by something (kids), I get right back to that room and finish it ASAP.
Don’t forget to unload the dishwasher as part of your clean up routine. And do any dishes left in the sink.
2. Do the laundry.
Start it, fold it, deliver it, and put it away. Or let your kids help do it all. (They can earn their keep!)I will not leave it out to do later. Keep at it until it is completely done.
3. Start dinner in the morning.
Defrost, cut, chop, or put in crock pot. (I struggle with this one, but I am so happy when I do it.) Get everything done so you only have to heat it up at mealtime.
4. Make lists and work on them as time permits.
Start with the grocery list, then work on a to-do list for the day, and, finally, a list of errands that need to be done. Do lists in the house and then make plans to run errands outside the house.
5. Deal with the mail daily.
Don’t drop it on the counter! Deal with it immediately.If you go through the mail when you bring it in then there will never be a pile of paper sitting in your kitchen waiting to get cleaned up. These 5 habits to help moms will make your house look organized even if it is not exactly clean. (It might even fool your mother-in-law.)
If You Have Little Kids and Need Extra Help:
Hire a momma’s helper.
Someone about age 10-13 or so who can play with your kids for a couple of hours while you are at home. Usually, you can pay a younger person half of what a babysitter would be since you are not leaving.
Or pay your older child or older cousin with extra privileges for helping with the younger kids. Ice cream is always a good bribery tactic. You’ll be amazed at what you can do when your munchkins aren’t pulling you in all directions.
Trade Kids (Not Permanently)
Trade out your kids with a friend. (I know you are thinking permanently, but that may not be legal in most states.) This was always a nice break. You can run your errands, and your kids will have a fun play date twice. One at your house and one at your friend’s house.
Habits Make Life Easier
Habits are a great way to get your life under control and make your life easier in the long run. Try some of these habits now or put them in place as a New Year’s resolution. It won’t hurt to try at least one habit. For more information on habits read about habit stacking. Steve Scott has the best book on the market for creating habits.
It certainly has helped me to get organized. (Or appear organized.) May your holiday be full of fun and less stressful. Share your organization tricks in the comments below.
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