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If you’re a regular reader here at The Road to Domestication, you know that no, I am not a mom yet. However, you may remember that I worked my way through college as a nanny for triplet boys and their baby brother, too, so when I put on my “mom” cap, those rough and tumbles are who I think of.
With three boys of the same age, and a BABY, too, organization was a huge key in my job as their nanny. Within about a year of working for them, I was not only nanny, but household manager, and personal assistant to their dad and mom.
(Now, let me clarify: this was a household of 5,000+ square feet, their dad was a radiation oncologist and their mom had her own medical billing company. From the yard crew to the tutors to the music teachers, to the housekeepers, to the chef…it was the real deal.)
You get the general idea. I was thinking about ALL of that when I chose these products! So, without further explanation, here are five organizational products (in no particular order) that I truly believe every mom needs!
1. Diaper Bag Organizers
Seriously, HOW MUCH TIME IS WASTED DIGGING IN DIAPER BAGS?! It used to drive me absolutely bonkers! I KNEW I had put the fingernail clippers in that bag – where on earth were they?! Oh, if I had only had these lovely little treasures. Literally a filing cabinet for your diaper bag. Heck, I could use these for my purse!
2. A Planner (either digital or paper!)
I personally use an Erin Condren planner and LOVE it! it has been perfect for every phase of my life so far, and I think it’s a great resource for moms! (And it’s pretty! I always do better when things are pretty, don’t you?!)
However, if you’d like something digital, I also highly recommend Cozi, an app that is perfect for the “digitized” mom! Not only is it your “planner”, but it can also be used for lists and shopping and journaling…and can sync with the rest of your family!
3. A Command Center
Now this one will look different for each mom, but when I think of a command center, I think of this:
Granted, we all don’t have room in our homes for something this massive, but we all have a space somewhere that everyone gravitates to. Turn it into your command center! Things will not go missing as often, events will not be forgotten as often, and some of life’s messes can be contained to just one area!
If you’d like to start small, Martha Stewart offers a fantastic command center option through Staples that can be customized! http://www.staples.com/
4. A Handful of Car Organizers This is a big one. Especially for moms on the go, the car can be a source of contention and frustration on a daily basis. But with just a few car organizers like these, you can solve multiple problems:
No more things rolling around in the cargo area, no more bags or purses sliding under the seats, and no more scrambling for your phone. (I hear those sighs of relief right now!)
5. A Personal Assistant You’re probably laughing. “Yeah right. A personal assistant. I’ll run right out and get me one of those, it’s totally in my budget.” As easy as it would make life, the number of moms who could employ a full-time personal assistant are not great. But, what if, once a month or once a quarter or once whenever-you-really-need-it, you could hire someone for the day?
Services like Task Rabbit allow you to do that! Need someone to just come get your house clean so you can maintain it after that? How about someone to tackle the enormous pile of paperwork that needs filing? Or (and this is a good one) someone to go run all the errands on your list for you in one day?
You may not have a Task Rabbit available in your neighborhood, but why not see what is available to you? Maybe you know a responsible teenager who would love to make some extra money helping out. Maybe your church has a moms group for support and assistance. Maybe your husband knows of someone from his business dealings that could help lighten the load. If it helps to free up your time to spend more of it with your family, why not take advantage of it?
**PLEASE NOTE: I was not in any way paid for my review of these companies, nor given any free product or subscriptions. The above opinions are hereby my own.**
So now, I want to hear from you! (And readers, be sure to look at the comments below – you might find the answer you’re looking for!) Moms, what is the ONE BEST organizational item that helps you that you can recommend to other moms?!
Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!