Being a stay-at-home parent is hard. As the primary caregiver for your children, it’s important that you’re able to stay on top of the workload in front of you in order for your family to have the things they need. But for many parents, knowing how to stay organized in this situation can seem like an uphill battle.
Luckily, there are some simple things you can do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to help things run smoother and more effectively. So if you’re a stay-at-home dad, here are three tips to help you become more organized.
Make Routines As Predictable As Possible
Not only do kids crave routine in their life, but having a routine that you as a stay-at-home dad can follow will help to really simplify your days.
According to Apryl Duncan, a contributor to The Balance Careers, writing down the most predictable parts of your daily and weekly routines can help you make sure that nothing gets missed or forgotten. This can be done on a physical calendar that everyone is able to see or on your own phone. It can also be helpful to have routines for things like getting ready for school, coming home from school, and getting ready for bed.
So if you feel like you’re always behind with your routines with your kids, get a calendar, get a reliable watch, and start making things as predictable as possible.
Have An “Everyday” Checklist For Housework
Although things at home will likely be changing every day, there are certain tasks that need to be taken care of on a daily basis in order for your home to run smoothly.
With regards to housework, Beth Kaufman, a contributor to GoodHousekeeping.com, advises that you take care of a few tasks every single day to make sure you’re able to stay keeping chipping away at the constant messes you likely feel like you’re dealing with. Some of the things you should make sure get done, at least partially, every day include doing a load of laundry, tidying up the bathroom, and cleaning up toys before bedtime.
By doing these things each day, you’ll be able to avoid becoming overwhelmed by a house that appears to be in a consistent state of disarray.
Embrace A Meal Plan
You and your kids have to eat every day. However, planning what to make and eat can be a real headache for many stay-at-home dads.
To combat this, Cheryl Butler, a contributor to QuickAndDirtyTips.com, recommends that you create a weekly meal plan that you can cycle through each month. This will make it easy for you to figure out easy meals that your family will actually eat and can make grocery shopping much easier as well.
If you need to get yourself more organized at home, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do this as a stay-at-home dad.