It’s a whole different ball game when you are outnumbered by the kids in your house.
That is why on today’s special Mother’s Day episode I am getting tips for organizing families from two of the smartest mama’s of larger families I know…my mom and my sister.
I’ve said multiple times that my mom taught me the skills I needed to become a professional organizer. She knew with 5 kids over a 14 year age span that she needed solid systems in place to help her ship to run smoothly. And she clearly taught both me AND my sister well.
My sister is the mother of 4 (for now) and as you will hear in our conversation, we absorbed many of the same lessons about organizing families from our mom to help keep our households running smoothly and maintain a bit of mom sanity.
We focus on meal planning, organizing toys and scheduling since those are the biggest pain points most moms suffer. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation about organizing families:
- If you have trouble getting your kids to eat “adult” food, find ways to make similar dinners so you don’t have to cook twice…like tacos for the big kids and cheese quesadillas for the little kids.
- Take advantage of digital coupons at your local store and online to make couponing easier. And keep track of the things you always buy and watch for them to go on sale. Then stock up at the lower price.
- Create a store in your home of these staples to shop from until your favorites go on sale again. Keep an eye out and buy cereal when you can get it for 79 cents a box and buy 10 versus spending $3.50 a box.
- To make shopping a meal planning easier, create 2-week meal plans with around 10 recipes and shopping lists of all ingredients needed to make those recipes. Before going to the store, do a quick inventory of what you have on hand and then use the list to create those recipes for the next 2 weeks. Mama Lingo suggests 3-4 different menus to keep from eating the same thing all the time.
- Keep toys to designated spots and keep them out of the main living areas. This will help you have visual sanity once your kids are in bed.
- To free up storage space in your toy area, move lesser-used toys into bins to rotate through when your kids are bored or need something new.
- Limit activities for your sanity, especially when kids are young. Remember, it’s not that you don’t want your kids to be involved, you just need to have time for the things you need to do around the home. Or for yourself. There are plenty of years for them be involved.
- Use a calendar paper or digital to track everyone’s coming and going. Be sure to share with everyone.
- Be aware when it gets too full and adjust accordingly.
Most moms will not look back and say “I wish I had a cleaner house” when her kids are older, but she will look back and say she wishes she spent more time with them when they were little~Mama Lingo
And now for a perfect peach prosecco punch to help you celebrate Mother’s Day…
Sparkling Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch
- 12 oz Frozen Raspberries
- 2 C. Peach Nectar chilled
- 1 bottle Prosecco chilled
- Place frozen raspberries in a large glass pitcher or bowl.
- Top with the peach nectar and prosecco.
- Fill remainder of the pitcher with ice cubes. Stir and serve cold.
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