One of the hardest (and most unexpected) challenges for me in transitioning from single life to momhood was organization.
I have never been an organized person at home. I didn’t really get the point. It always seemed like there were better things to do. I was of the opinion: Why make your bed if it’s just going to get messed up again?
But one husband and three kids later, I get the point: If we are not organized, the whole family ceases to function. We can either have peaceful mornings or stress and yelling with everyone leaving the house in a horrible mood. So much of it just comes down to organization. Who knew?
Since realizing this tool, I’ve become so curious how other parents, not natural Martha Stewarts, pull it off. So, please, write in your tips.
With 3 kids in a 3 bedroom house, this is how we do it:
First life-changing decision: a quiet room and a loud room.
I had so much trouble keeping the kids’ schoolbooks and homework organized. This led to lost homework, missed homework, frustrated teachers, and the previously mentioned yelling and stress.
So we came up with a quiet room and a loud room. One room for work, study, art: a place where you can go and count on for quiet:
Every kid keeps her own books above her desk.
There’s also the grown-up desk. (Pretend you don’t see my husband’s drums.)
I realize the irony that the “sleeping” room is called the “loud” room. Unfortunately, the label is accurate. 2 kids sleep in bunk beds:
Another parent may have made the beds before taking the photo, but at least the kids made those themselves.
The littlest kid was sleeping in a toddler bed that fit the room perfectly. Then, she grew. Our solution was to build this loft bed. (Don’t worry, she’s in the lower bunk, not up there.)
Making use of every bit of space, and because we all love to read, we made the landing on the stairs into a reading nook. I love this because it feels like an extra room.
It even doubles as “the music room” (This is where my husband’s drums should be.)
In case you can’t tell, I am wildly procrastinating writing my book. The good news is, that this summer, in spite of traveling, sickness, blogging obsessions, and various other unforeseen drama: Part One is done! YAY I am so excited about it.
Now on to Part Two…