By: Brit Hutchings
February 3, 2020
Have you ever felt like your current surroundings are about to engulf you? Surrounded by constant clutter and/or mess? Does your heart race when you can’t seem to find your keys?
As someone who has anxiety, being organized is crucial. Not being able to find what you need (last minute at times) causes a state of panic and excess stress on your brain and heart. To be organized, it starts with being tidy; after all, being able to keep everything neat and tidy helps ease anxiety and help you feel less stressed and more relaxed.
Since a new decade equals a fresh, or a clean slate for most, why not start the new year off with a new outlook?
Here are a few quick tips to help you stay organized in 2020:
Clean Out Your Purse.
For most of us mama bears, we keep our entire lives in our bags so it’s important to keep it cleaned out and organized (and sanitized!). Get rid of loose change, those crumbs at the bottom, trash, and anything else you don’t need.
Do this: weekly
Curious what to keep in your purse?
– chapstick- must have to keep those
– hand sanitizer
– travel size hand lotion
– small mirror
– extra phone charger ( just incase)
– travel size hand lotion
– perfume (optional of course)
– travel size deodarant
– sanitary cup, napkin, tampon
Clean Out Your Car
Listen, I get it. Your vehicle probably looks like a bomb went off between the crushed cheerios under the seats, to leftover water bottles and fast food trash. We all have a different level of items in our vehicles and different levels of tidiness. So for the of us that aren’t, keep your car clean and organized with these few tips:
Tip #1- each time you get out of the vehicle, take an arm full of trash with you (or just all of it if you can.) By doing so it will reduce clutter and anxiety.
Tip #2- limit food intake in the vehicle. It’s okay to eat in the car, but if you make a mess, make sure to get it cleaned instead of letting it sit.
Tip #3- keep important documents like an insurance card, registration, etc. In your glove box that way it is readily available for when you need it most.
Tip #4- Keep a small grocery bag or trash bin in your vehicle
Tip #5- place air fresheners under seats.
Do this: Weekly
Keep Clothes to a Minimal
There’s nothing worse than having half your wardrobe unworn. It takes up too much valuable space. Sort your clothes by making 3 separate piles. Pile 1- clothes you’re keeping. Get rid of the things you haven’t worn in at least 6 months or more. Pile 2- clothes that you are donating/giving away. Pile 3 is for the clothes that are just too gross to give to anyone.
Keep A Planner
Planners are a GREAT way for busy moms like you to stay organized. I literally keep all of my thoughts, important dates + times, food intake, water intake, etc in mine. It’s been a total lifesaver for me because I am ALWAYS mixing updates if I don’t have them written down in my planner. #mombrain
Planners are great because they come in different sizes and can pretty much fit anywhere on the go. I have a few different ones that I keep for my blogging business, my finances, and my personal/mom life.
Personally, I’m old school when I need to keep things organized between motherhood, business owner, blogger, and school, I like to physically see it. But for those of you who prefer to keep everything on their phone, there are apps on the Play and App store designed to fit your organized needs. Some are free, and some are not, but both are helpful.
(*CLICK HERE TO GET MY FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER*)
Get Ready the Night Before
What I mean by this is, get ready for school/work the night before. I can’t tell you how many stressful and chaotic mornings I’ve had with my kids because I didn’t do this. The disorganization led to many irritable mornings with meltdowns to follow.
So, to avoid those crazy mornings like I was having, set out clothes the night before. Make lunches and do the dishes. Going to bed with an empty sink has proven results that lower night time anxiety. Come morning time you’ll have a little extra time in the morning to calmly collect your thoughts and get those extra snuggles in with your babies.
Mamas, I truly hope these little tips help you feel accomplished even if nothing got done that day. I hope these help you feel empowered, and most importantly, I hope they help keep you sane + lower stress.