Going from having one child to two, I am amazed at how organized I (feel I) need to be. By “organized,” I don’t mean having everything in neat, labelled bins. I mean having to use my noggin’ every moment of the day to try to stay one step ahead of the chaos that threatens to overtake my home.
Almost every evening, I write out a rough outline of the evening schedule and its associated to-do’s. When I have a free moment or two, I tackle whatever items I can do at that time. This means that I sometimes take out my contacts or wash my face at 8:00 p.m. I also make an effort to prepare for the next morning; on Sunday nights I make my 3yo’s snack for Monday morning playgroup. (In FlyLady-ese, this is my evening routine.)
Why am I so structured in the evenings?
- It is difficult to get out the door on time in the morning. The more I do the night before, the smoother my mornings go. It is really good for my mental health to know that I just have to flip the switch on the coffeemaker, grab a ready-to-go snack out of the fridge, and so on.
- It has been difficult for my 3yo son to get enough sleep lately. As part of our “Sleep Rehab Program,” we want lights out for him to be around 7:30 p.m. If I don’t plan ahead for dinner, bath, and so on, he doesn’t get to bed on time.
- In order for me to get my life back together after having baby # 2, and have enough mental and physical energy to do things like take care of myself and lose weight, I need to get to sleep as early as possible, as often as possible. Therefore, the more efficiently I use my time in the evenings, the earlier I can get to bed. (As FlyLady says every evening, Get to bed!)
I don’t know whether other moms feel the need to be this organized. Comments?