Spring “Clean” – Getting Organized as a New Mom
So, where to start? To get a jump on getting organized for spring, start with the basics:
- Make a list. You have to start somewhere. Where will it be? What will be your priority? Your tasks can be as simple as cleaning off the kitchen counter, a basket by the couch, or the utility closet that hasn't been touched since you moved in.
- Conquer one task at a time. Although you may have great ambitions, start and succeed small. Remember, you may get limited amounts of time to work on a task and may have to start and stop working at a moment's (or your newborn's) notice. Go into a task remembering that even a small area may take you several times attempts (possibly over multiple days) to complete.
- When you do work in an area, clear everything out. Make piles, sort items, and de-clutter! Be prepared to downsize. Do you really need something? Consider donating unused items or put them away for a garage or yard sale to come (a big undertaking – don't plan on tackling that one alone, especially as a new mama!).
- Ask for and get help when you need it. Most folks are more than happy to help out a new mama. Your need may simply be for someone to hold your baby for a few minutes so that you have a little time to take on a task. Or, you may need a professional who can help tackle a task (there are even such things out there as professional organizers, if your budget allows!).
- Celebrate your success. With each step you take, enjoy a moment to savor your accomplishment. A little step each day will equal a major spring-cleaning success in no time.