Whether you’re working out of the home, stay at home with the kids, work from home, or do all of the above, there are simply not enough hours in the day for a mom to juggle everyday life. As a busy mom myself, I know firsthand how difficult it is to keep up with all of it.
Let’s be real here. Between working, shopping for groceries, laundry, dishes, keeping the kids alive (and semi-clean) and maybe getting the occasional shower in for yourself, there’s little to no time for anything else. But even if you’re maxed out, I’m here to tell you that you can (and should) take a moment to improve your home’s organization and design.
Why bother? Because a little work around your home now can make your life a little bit easier down the road. A well-designed, clean (-ish) and organized home can improve your mood and boost your family’s health and wellness. It’s worth it, trust me.
As a mom, you’re surrounded by toys, books, plastic cups and plates, artwork —plain old junk. And yes, you may have had every intention of leaving a small carbon footprint by purchasing natural wood toys, but the minute you get your kids a fast-food meal, the next thing you know, you’re knee-deep in Hello Kitty and Snoopy figurines.
So, before you start working on the design, simplify your stuff. If an item doesn’t provide value or evoke a sentiment, donate or toss it. And don’t just work through your children’s things. This moment is the perfect chance to go through your own closets, kitchen cabinets, and storage boxes.
Put the kids to bed, turn on some jams, treat yourself to a glass of vino, and get working!
Use Smart Design
Once you’ve decluttered, look at your furniture and décor. While it may not reflect Joanna Gaines’ rustic-chic perfection, I’m sure you have some good pieces there. The question is, are they arranged the right way?
Use some basic feng shui rules to spruce up your arrangement. This includes moving your couches out from under windows, ensuring your front door is easily viewed from nearby furniture, and hanging pictures of people, places, and things that make you happy.
It’s also important to utilize the storage you have, much of which is built-in to your furniture. Nesting tables, media cabinets, and ottomans are great places to store frequently-used items that you want out of sight.
Concerning playroom organization, use shelving units with labeled bins and larger play items such as pretend kitchens and workshops to store similar playthings and ultimately help minimize the clutter.
Research shows that color does wonders in boosting your mood, so use strategic color throughout your home.
Paint your walls to reflect how you want to feel in each room. For example, a bright green hue is perfect for stimulating your children’s minds in the playroom, but their bedroom should feature a lighter color to promote sleep, such as lavender or sky blue.
Neutral furniture and walls are perfectly fine because they help create a clean feeling to your home. However, it’s always a good idea to add a pop of color here and there on a throw pillow, blanket, vase, or picture frame.
A clean, organized home featuring the perfect colors is bound to boost your mood, productivity, and even your health and wellness. Fellow mom, you owe it to yourself to make this happen.
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