If you’re a parent, you’re likely well aware of how difficult it can be to juggle all of the different responsibilities that come with the title. Things like family life, your children’s education, and your work all constantly vie for your attention. When you toss in the fact that a quarantine has you tending to all of these things from the homefront, it can become downright overwhelming trying to stay on top of it all.
If you’re a busy parent who has struggled to hold your life together throughout the pandemic so far, here are a few organizational tips to help you going forward.
Minimalism isn’t just about getting rid of all of your stuff. The goal is to make sure that you have the essential items necessary to live — and that unnecessary junk is proactively gotten out of the way.
Minimalism is a great way to restore a sense of organization and prevent stress. By reducing the number of items in your home, you make it easier to stay on top of the mess. You also ensure that your home doesn’t become overrun with needless or forgotten paraphernalia.
Make Sure Everything Has Its Place
Even if you purge your entire house and only keep essential items, it’s still easy to feel disorganized at times. This can often happen when you and your loved ones don’t know where each item should actually go.
By designating a specific “home” for everything in your house, you can make it easier to maintain order in your living spaces. Rather than leaving things on counters or out in the middle of the floor, items can be put back in a specific spot where they belong.
This concept applies to all and sundry. If a television remote doesn’t have a home, it’s going to get lost. If you have a baby in the house, you’re going to be scrambling for diapers or rash cream unless you keep everything in a single diaper caddy. No matter how big or small an item, it’s worth taking the time to find a home for it. Then let everyone else know, as well, so that anyone can put it away if it’s left out.
Institute a “15-Minute Family Clean”
One of the biggest organizational challenges comes from the perpetual need to declutter. You can plan in time to clean the bathroom on the weekends or vacuum in the evenings, but clutter is constant — especially when there are kids involved.
One of the best ways to combat this clutter reasonably is to add a “15-minute family clean” into your schedule. Find a time each night, such as right after dinner, when your family can join forces to declutter the house.
Assign different rooms or tasks to each individual based on their abilities. Kids can clean their rooms. Teenagers can organize the living room. You can do the dishes. Putting in fifteen focused minutes of cleaning as a team every day can do wonders in providing a sense of organization and cleanliness in your home.
Designate Your Spaces
Most of the tips so far have focused on the items in your home. However, it’s also important to designate your actual living space, too.
With everyone cooped up on the homefront, it’s important to clearly define what spaces are for work and which ones are for play. Try to keep your bedrooms (or at least your beds) reserved for sleeping. Set up designated school and office spaces in areas that are clear of distractions. Try to preserve your kitchen for family gatherings and your living room as a work- and school-free zone.
By assigning specific activities to each space, you provide a sense of structure and organization for your entire household.
Create a Central Family Calendar
At this point, you’ve addressed the clutter in your home. You’ve also designated spaces for everyone to properly work, rest, socialize, and sleep. Finally, it’s also important to sync up everyone’s activities.
With so many different interests, ages, and responsibilities occupying the same space, it’s wise to look for a way to keep everyone’s schedules organized and on the same page. You can do so by using a good family calendar app. This enables you to track everything from work appointments to class schedules, chores, meal times, and even family game nights.
Regaining Control on the Homefront
It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a rental home or your own dwelling, if you’re a busy parent, struggling with maintaining a sense of organization in your living spaces is completely understandable. However, just because it makes sense doesn’t mean you have to surrender to it as an inevitable conclusion.
On the contrary, there are many ways that you can fight back against chaos and disorganization in your family’s life. From scheduling apps to 15-minute family cleans, there are many simple-yet-effective ways that you can reign in a better sense of control over your family’s daily life.