Being a mom is A LOT. Work from home, work away from home, stay at home, whatever it is you do it’s hard! Thankfully for our family, we have a pretty good situation going. Liam is in school 5 days, Charlotte is in school 3 days, Andrew and I both work from home, and my schedule is obviously very flexible. But, as our kids have gotten older and start to do more activities, plus things we do for fun and volunteering it gets a little nuts. It takes a lot for how I stay organized with 2 kids and I hope you guys find this helpful!
How I Stay Organized With 2 Kids
Shared Calendars: Andrew and I have always had a shared Google Calendar and honestly I don’t know how people function without them. Between kids’ Dr appointments and school functions, our own appointments, meal planning, etc it’s all there. That way if I need to make one of the kids a Pediatrician appointment I know what days are good. Or if I want to get a babysitter for date nights I know when we are free.
Schedules: I mean for the kids. We are big believers in schedules and sleep training. No comments on this please it’s what works for us and we run everything by our Pediatrician first. We started implementing schedules around 4 weeks with both kids and sleep training around 8 weeks. I think it’s really important for EVERYONE in our house to be on a schedule and for everyone to sleep. We are VERY strict about schedules and I have no issue canceling plans because of them. That’s not to say we won’t skip a nap here or there if we need to.
Divide and Conquer: Parenting is a two-person job. It took two to create the baby and that’s our approach. Andrew does just as much parenting as I do. But that also means other stuff too. We divide up errands, housework, etc. Some weeks one of us is busier so that person maybe takes on less and less emotional labor. But I think it’s important to divide and conquer.
Check-ins: With everyone involved with my kids, my work, etc. Checking in with my photographer on deadlines. Checking in with Andrew on things that need to get done around the house or for appointments. Checking in with babysitters and teachers making sure both kids are doing great.
To-do lists: I am a HUGE to-do list person. I keep all my lists in my notes section of my phone or my to-do list app. I usually have longer-term lists in my notes section and daily/weekly in my to-do list app. EVERYTHING that needs to get done goes there and gets crossed off when done.
What do you do to stay organized as a busy mom?
This post was originally written in 2020 and has been updated for 2022