Husband. Home. Son. Family Run Business. Separate Part Time Job. Renovations on two properties. Blog and Social Media. Self Care
When you break it down like that, it sounds like a shit storm!
Weirdly enough, people ask me how I keep my shit together with so much going on and my first response is ‘I just stay organised’
How Do I Stay Organised ?
Lets break down the amount of hours in a day and what you could be spending them on. 1 hour of your day is literally only 4% If you work out your entire 24hours, that seems like a lot of time to get things sorted right! Because it is.
Firstly, I make Lists – lots of them! Don’t rely on your memory to get you through your tasks.
I break my day down from 6am – 9pm and each hour I have something written down to do. I’m a generally ‘busy’ person so this works for me and In return don’t feel overwhelmed. If I start to get off track I check back in on my lists and at the end of the day I feel on top of everything that’s circulating my brain and I feel less chaotic. I then get a restful 9hours sleep every night ready to go again the next day.
Most obviously, not everyday things get done! But because I’m 80% of the time on track, then I can always afford a slack off day.
Best way to keep track of your ‘to do list’ is to not mark them off until completed.
PRIORITISE your lists.
What you think is most important to get done or want to fit in then put it on the top of the list. If you feel like your slacking off with exercise, then have the day start with a workout – then its done and wont get pushed to the side.
We work off a ‘Pain and Pleasure’ style of list – Painful chores, and pleasure chores. So you are always making time for the things you enjoy doing as well as getting your shit together!
I am extremely grateful that my hubby is a hands on dad, husband and in the home so we both chip away at the lists – divide and conquer! So that we can both sit down ‘together’ and enjoy dinner, a cuddle and some Trash TV while we drink hot choccy! Every.single.night
We do a lot of planning with our renovations so this will include scheduling 1. Order Tiles and Lighting 2. Follow up Fence Company and plan install date
If its not written down on the list, its up in the clouds and it most likely wont get done.
You never know when a toddler (or husband) may catch the man flu and were all down and out. Don’t put things off, you never know whats going to happen tomorrow.
If on a Wednesday you have nothing that you need to organise, no phone calls to make, no where you need to be then try adding little tasks like 1. Vacuum all floors and Mop 2. Wear a face mask while you do it! 2 birds, 1 stone.
Which leads me to – Housework.
This is little skill Ive developed since becoming a mum and its by far the best skill you can master is to multi task like a boss!
Utilise your hours. Ive always had one hand doing one thing and the other sorting another thing. As soon as I walk in the door I will put the bags down and instantly turn on the washing machine so that the next hour it is being washed while I Dinner, Bath and Bed the toddler so that once that is all complete its ready to be dryed – Saved myself time with doing it all in the one hour frame
Nothing worse then forgetting to put the washing on and its 8pm and you have that light bulb moment, by then you feel too lazy to get up and sort that out. The washing pile gets higher and higher and you feel less organised with nothing to wear.
Kids are the in the bath – You shower while you watch them
Dinner is on the stove – You unstack the dishwasher while your in the kitchen
Vacumming the floors – put a podcast on and headphones in! – My favourite multitask, some grounding soul time while doing chores.
1 Hour Lunch Break at work – I do a 30-40minute workout at the gym (This leaves my afternoons for spending time with my little man and husband and doesnt eat into my family time) or I wake up before everyone else and get in my workout. I prioritise it
If its important to you, you’ll make time.
Family Run Business and Social Media/Blogging.
I schedule posts. I plan the week out for our Facebook and Instagram accounts for the gym and I plan them so that there is always something being uploaded. If its not on the list to upload, Ill forget about it amongst everything else that is happening. So each week Todd and I will sit down and work out if we have enough content and if not then we schedule in some filming days of classes or filming workouts so that we always have something to put out there.
Scheduling your social media uploads is key and it seems to work for us, as we run the business social media as well doing my own blogging.
We might film 2 or 3 workouts so that over the next month we have a few backed up ready to upload and were not madly trying to film and edit every single week.
Do it as soon as you can.
When you think of it, try to do it! Don’t put it off
Wake up and before you walk out of the bedroom, quickly make the bed. It takes 3minutes and it tidy’s the room so that you don’t have to come back to it later when you’ve got other things to be doing
Think of messaging a friend/family member etc. then quickly type the message while you think of it. How many of us often think ‘Oh I must reach out again and organise a catch up’
Schedule It In.
Alongside my ‘To Do Lists’ that often have Chores on them I use a Diary – A phone Diary so that its ALWAYS with me. This is where ill have appointments and things that are coming up like weddings, friend catch ups, renovations etc. And I can always look back at this schedule when I’m planning something else, scan my eye over the month and see where there is a Friday that we have nothing planned in 2 weeks time and we will Schedule in a date night ! Why not right.
I find that if you don’t plan ahead, it most likely wont happen. You’ll think of it on the day and it’ll be a ‘Ohhh we should of invited … to come over for a catch up ‘ moments and that ship would of sailed.
Be Realistic and Don’t Double Book !
If you’ve had a long week of slogging yourself to the bone with work,family,chores,life! Then be realistic. Your most likely going to want to use your weekends for a little R+R and you’ve most likely earned it! So set yourself little tasks/plans so that your not feeling stretched and over committing/double booking knowing that you most likely cant complete them all.
MEAL PREPS !
The number one savior in our household is meal prepping for the week. Every Sunday we spend 1-2hours in the kitchen doing meal preps which usually last us unill Thursday. So everyday we have lunch and snacks packed in the fridge ready to go and this saves us so much time to get stuff done in the evenings if we aren’t running to the shops, we aren’t worried about cooking or whats for lunch the next day and this keeps our health and fitness on track as we are more inclined to avoid takeaway if the food is already prepped in the fridge. Our meal preps can include lunch and dinner to save even more time or you can schedule out your week of dinners. Have a white/black board in your pantry handy and jot down some ideas of dinners you’d like that week and this will help your grocery shop to only be grabbing ingredients you will be using, which saves you wasting your money and clogging up your pantry . . . . which leads me to
Keeping the Home Organised
You know how the old saying goes – “We are a product of our environment”
If you start with an organised home the rest of your ‘organised’ life will follow in your self care, your work, your social life.
The best way I can express having an organised home is not only that it gives you peace of mind and a sense of calm when your organised is also that ‘If you can see what you have, you’ll be less inclined to buy more’
How many times have you searched a full un-organised chaos pantry and said ‘Weve got no food’ and spent money on stocking up.
- I label the hell out of everything and use storage containers or jars – not just in the pantry but throughout my entire home i.e. Linen Cupboard, Toy Cupboard, Medicine Cupboard and it keeps things feeling neat and you know what you have. You’ll find that you start throwing out un-necessary items and realise that you’ve been hoarding a whole heap over the years.
- You don’t need 5 different style of egg rings – Am I right ? How many pairs of tongs can you locate in your cutlery draw or lets talk about the 7 different styles of pillow cases you have as ‘spares’ – Lets be real. You wont use them! Unless your planning on housing a mini army at some stage THROW THEM and good riddens! You’ll be surprised how satisfying it is taking garbage bags of un-used and un-necassary items to the Salvos – and your cupboard space will feel more roomy and you’ll be able to see what you actually have and use it.
Before and After – for Inspiration of some kind.
Below are some images of how I have invested some time, energy and a small amount of money into getting my house organised. Cleaning and Tidying up is now a 5minute job and the rest of the family can then jump on board and have no excuse to not put things back where they came from 😉
Because that shit is LABELLED.
Our Toy Cupboard – Where we store ALL of the bright and beautiful chaos of toys . . . . BEFORE PHOTO
And the After Photos . . . .
Toy Cupboard Supplies
1. Clear Plastic Containers to hold Mixed Toys, Craft, Games and Puzzles are from The Reject Shop and come in at $5 each
2. Brown Woven Baskets to hold Mixed Toys are from Kmart and come in at $10 each
3. Black Storage Baskets are from The Reject Shop and come in at $12 each – These are extremely large and hold majority of the toys.
4. Props to hubby for crafting the Sword Storage – We use this as a game for our Son to match them back up when hes finished playing
5. All labels are from The Little Label Co including the sticker labels and the Brown Hanging Tags and Twine.
I than moved onto organising the rest of my house including the Pantry . . .
Pantry Cupboard Supplies
1. White Containers are from Ikea which come in at a small fee of approx $6-$8 each depending on the sizing.
2. Black baskets are from Kmart which come in at a small fee of $5 each.
3. Jars are from The Reject Shop which come in at a small fee of $3-$5 each depending on the size I was getting so I would usually grab a couple at a time untill I had stocked up.
4. Herb Jars are from Kmart which come in at a small fee of $3 for a pack of 4. I grabbed 3 packs that seemed to store all of our herbs and spices.
5. Herb Jar Tier Shelf is from Kmart which come in at a small fee of $5 and this was perfect sizing for all of our jars which also displays them clearly.
6. Black round sticker labels and white crayon pencil are from Kmart which come in at a small fee of approx $5 to label ALL glass jars
7. Wording Labels for Containers and Herb Jars are from The Little Label Co which come in at a small fee of approx $2 each
My few helpful tips to get you started.