Parents never have enough time and always have too much to do. If you’re a busy, harried parent yourself, learning how to get more organized is well worth it. It will give you more time to spend on the kids, make your chores more manageable, and your life more enjoyable. McRory Pediatrics offers some simple suggestions on how parents can get more organized on a budget:
Use parental apps and tools
Technology can be a lifesaver for parents. Parental tools can do many things – help you create a schedule for the month, organize tasks by priority, offer fun activity suggestions for kids, teach you parental skills, remind you of important appointments, plan your kids’ doctor visits, create healthy exercise routines, and many other things. At the bare minimum, consider getting a to-do list tool. Websta.me lists several worthwhile parental apps.
Plan your meals out for nutrition and savings
Scheduling your meals for the week is an incredible time and money saver. You don’t need to spend time thinking about what to make for the day, and you can shop your favorite groceries in advance. Furthermore, if you plan in diverse meals, it can help you provide the nutrition you and your family need. You can cook your meals ahead of time, too, for more time savings.
Assign chores to everyone
Many hands make light work. It’s a good idea to give everyone in your family chores to do, including your kids. It teaches kids responsibility, can help them learn valuable skills, and keeps them busy in a constructive manner. You can provide pocket money for added incentive, and to give them a sense of accomplishment. TIme offers several chore division suggestions.
Get a family calendar
Family calendars are a wonderful tool to keep everyone organized and on the same page. You can pick one up cheap from a corner store (or order one from Amazon), and hang it up on the fridge for everyone to see. You can note down important tasks, lists, activities, and events, and share them with everyone conveniently. If you prefer a digital equivalent, you can use an iPad or a digital “smart board”.
Consider digitizing your documents
There’s nothing more time-consuming than managing, storing, and finding paper-documents (such as medical records) for the kids. Even if you have a filing system, it can be troublesome. Digitizing your documents is something worth looking into. You essentially scan your paper documents and turn them into digital records. Instead of using many files, you can create a whole file for the family and add pages to the PDF as needed. This link shows you how to add pages to a PDF, and how to reorder, delete, and rotate pages.
Find ways to minimize stress
Stress – especially if you’re living the high-pressure life – can be crippling. It’s one of the biggest enemies to organization – it can take up a great deal of your time and energy, leave you feeling drained afterward, and even cause health problems.
While some stress is unavoidable, it needs to be managed and minimized. Some easy ways are meditating, listening to music, going out in nature, practicing art therapy, and exercising. Making changes to your home environment can go a long way toward alleviating stress. Seemingly small changes like adding houseplants, reducing clutter, and letting in more natural light can have a huge impact, boosting everyone’s wellbeing.
Get help from friends, family, and professionals
Sometimes the best way to get things done is get other people’s help. If you trade favors with friends and family – chores or babysitting duties, for instance – you can free up time for everyone. The government offers several helpful resources, including practical assistance, to families in need. You can also always hire professional cleaners, babysitters, nannies, and similar if you can afford it. Last, but not least, check out McRory’s services for parents. We provide counseling, stress-management techniques, parent training, and much more to help you on your parental journey.
Getting organized is essential to making the most of your day, relieving stress, bolstering your health, and feeling more in charge of your life. Once you get a good routine going, being organized will be second-nature. You’ll have plenty of time for your kids, your chores, and you.
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