Organization Tips for Moms!

When it comes to organization, there’s regular organization, and then there’s organization for moms. Let’s be realistic, moms have a few different tasks on their lists simply because they’re moms. From mom to mom, here are some organization tips to get you through your days!

Get Yourself Ready First

During the rush of the morning, it’s unpredictable what events may get in the way of your morning routine. That’s why I recommend getting yourself ready first. This way, your only focus is the kids. It’s a bit easier to wake up earlier when you know you have the bathroom and kitchen to yourself for a little while.

Schedule Chores

With children, especially more than one, it’s hard to stay on top of chores. It’s understandable for the house to be a bit messy, so don’t constantly stress it. The best way to go about this is to have goals. Instead of running around the whole house, focus on one or two rooms a day. Don’t let the other rooms bother you until their scheduled day. This will prevent you from completely crashing the next day.

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Have a Family Garage Sale

Toys and clothes add up, especially with growing children and ones that can’t resist the newest toy to hit the stores. Even when you tell them they have too many toys, there will always be those friends and family members who like to spoil! Take this opportunity to host a garage sale. You’ll be teaching your children multiple valuable lessons this way. Along with garage sale there are plenty of websites that allow you to sell old items for cash. You can sell old cell phones that have been sitting in your junk drawers through GoodCellas,  as well as used games and clothes through other buying websites! I’m sure we can all use the extra cash for groceries. Donating is another beneficial option, and I encourage you to do that as well! Whatever you can do to clear some of the build-up!

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Bring A Basket in the Car

We know all too well that children need some entertainment in the car, and they love to bring their favorite items along. The car is one of the easiest places to get messy, but this can be easily prevented with a basket. Keep a small basket in the trunk or the backseat and allow them to have the option of a few items for the car ride, depending on how long the trip is.

I hope you find these tips helpful! I encourage you to share any tips you may have. Us moms should be able to depend on one another.

Using Air Conditioners for Babies

With the hot days of summer, some mothers are wondering whether or not it is safe to use the air conditioner in the baby’s room. Both research and doctors say that it is safe, and here’s why:

  • According to BabyCenter, it’s safer to be in an air conditioned room than a room that’s hot, airless and humid. Babies also don’t have the same body control as adults, therefore being more vulnerable to heat rash, dehydration and heat exhaustion.
  • An HVAC system in general helps prevent germs and bacteria, which is especially beneficial for babies that are still building up their immune systems. Air conditioner filters should be cleaned regularly to ensure the air remains clean and healthy. There are so many benefits to HVAC technology.

While the air conditioner has these benefits, it’s important to make sure it isn’t too cold. According to Families.com, it’s important to take some minor precautions before exposing your baby to the air conditioner:

  • Make sure the cold air isn’t directly on the baby, otherwise it will feel colder than it truly is.
  • While adults tend to like it a little cooler, our bodies are different, so aim for temperatures between 72 and 78.
  • Infants do not need blankets, especially when unsupervised. This will help keep them cool as well, making the temperature range above more acceptable.

Beingtheparent.com has some further helpful recommendations:

  • Check the baby’s chest, feet, hands, and neck to see if they’re too cold.
  • After turning off the air conditioner, wait a few minutes before taking the baby into warmer air. It will be easier for them to adjust this way.
  • Keep a bowl of water in the room to reduce dryness. Dry air could impact a baby’s sensitive skin.  

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If you don’t have access to an air conditioning unit, there are alternatives to keep your baby cool and comfortable. These include:

  • Fans
  • Humidifiers
  • Loose and light clothing
  • Public places with air conditioners, such as the public library
  • Closing the shades to block sun heat