I love an organised home and having a baby, for me, personally I have really struggled trying to do this! I was very much a believer in a cluttered home = a cluttered mind. I couldn’t watch Compulsive Cleaners without not wanting to reaching for my bleach and I loved my Label Maker..say no more.
My house can now have piles of unfiled letters, dirty clothes even clean clothes, an overflowing recycling bin, three nights worth of dinner plates on the side and I now realise that I need to dust when I get wheezy…don’t judge!
But without trying to sound like a broken record I have had to be kind to myself. Do what I can when I can and get it into perspective that on the grande scheme of things…Does it matter that I haven’t dusted the skirting board?
A cleaner would be great, but our finances are tied up in baby food, nappies, teething powders and gallons of petrol as we drive around so he can have a daytime nap….again don’t judge!
Now I am starting to feel like “me” again and am not in a pit of baby anxiety, I now feel its time to tackle the house. To get some order, I started off first writing down all the tasks/chores that need to be tackled and how often certain things needed to be done…..
For the daily tasks, I typed out all quick chores and cut them out and put them in a jar. I set a timer for 10 minutes, then keep picking out the jobs and doing them until the timer goes off. Great for untrained partners too, as my hubbys’ excuse for not doing things, is not knowing what to do…..there are only so many times you can write a to do list, plus I do not have the time anymore to write any Mission Impossible styled to do list…Yes when I was carefree I did do this, and yes, the jobs did get done!
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I would love to hear how you got on with planner or if you have any top tips to help us Mums keep on top of getting organised