How to Become a More Organized Stay-at-Home Mom

Take charge of everything from your home to your family life and become a more organized stay-at-home mom. You'll have a better handle on your day-to-day tasks and a fresh perspective on your daily life.

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    Getting organized begins with your home. Make a plan of attack and go room by room to clear the clutter. You don't have to go through the entire house all at once, though. Tackle the mess one day at a time, one room at a time. Within a week, your house will feel like it did before you had kids, toys and zero time to manage it all.
  • 02 of 07
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    You probably have your family's routine so down pat in your head that taking the time to organize your time seems like a waste of time. But are you actually making the most of your minutes? Track your schedule over a week to see where your time is actually going. Once you know where your time is going, you can strategize and move time to work in your favor. You may even discover a gap in your schedule for some well-deserved me time.

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    How many times a day do you clean up the exact same mess? Cleaning up after everyone is exhausting. Take charge of your housekeeping tasks and stop being the family maid. With age-appropriate chores, you can teach your kids how to pitch in while taking some of the workload off of yourself. For the tasks you have to do yourself, you can impart a strategy that will help you keep the house clean while maintaining your sanity.
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    Most moms do it all. You're the family chauffeur, maid and business manager. Managing the family's finances comes with the territory. Start living on a family-friendly budget that feeds your piggy bank without making you and your kids feel deprived. Simple money-management tips and tricks show you how to squeeze the most out of every penny so your family can spend money on something fun. How does a family vacation sound or a day at the spa for mom?
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  • 05 of 07
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    Get organized behind the scenes. No one wants to deal with the unthinkable -- taking care of your family should something happen to you our your spouse. A solid plan to get organized should include getting your life insurance policies and wills together. Regardless of the money you make, a life insurance policy and will help you establish rules that will ensure your family is taken care of and raised the way you would if you were there.

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    Organize Your Family's Routines

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    Between the hectic mornings, cheerleading practice, soccer games, carpool lines and bedtimes, your routine is anything but normal. But it's normal for your family and it works. Make it work better when you streamline your family's chaotic schedule into an organized routine everyone can make sense of, regardless of what's going on today.

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    When it comes to getting organized, we often overlook one of our most important treasures -- our family photos. It's easy to take hundreds of pictures of your kids with a digital camera. We don't have to worry about running out of film, just space on our memory cards. But then we dump those photos on the computer and they become a digital shoebox filled with unorganized photos. Take the time to organize your photos. You'll soon be able to locate the exact photo you were looking for...MORE with ease.