8 Helpful Lists to Make When You’re Too Overwhelmed to Start Getting Organized
‘Get Started today’
‘Take action today’
Eugh! These are all great mantras.
But when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by motherhood and a top-to-bottom messy house, you can feel paralysed.
So paralysed that you can’t even take that first step towards getting organized.
If you can relate, this post is for you!
Because I have one easy first step for you to take that is going to make you feel more in control.
And that first step is simply grabbing a notebook and making 8 lists.
No catch. Nothing complicated. Simple as that.
Best of all you can do it from the squishy comfort of your couch!!
8 Lists to Make You A More Organized Mom
So grab a notebook, bullet journal or open up favorite note making app and start writing these 8 lists.
Get everything out of your head and onto paper.
And I need to emphasise that these 8 lists are ‘living’ lists.
You can add to them, tick things off, or start again whenever you like. But you’ll never actually ‘finish’ making the lists. Because life is always changing, right?
And staying organized is a journey, not a destination.
1. Brain Dump
If it’s currently swirling around in your mind, waking you up in the middle of the night or stressing you out, write it down.
I highly recommend setting a timer for 10-20 minutes - depending on how extensive a brain dump you need to do. If this is your first time writing a brain dump for a while, you’ll need to give yourself more time.
Remember: Don’t edit, censor or reflect on it. Just write.
We’ll deal with what comes out of your brain dump next.
2. Shit I Need to do NOW List
OK, so you’ve got your braindump. Now let’s start to process it.
Grab a highlighter or different colored pen and highlight all the tasks that NEED to be done urgently.
These tasks might include: paying a bill, renewing insurance, an essential home maintenance task, buying a birthday present for a loved one.
Warning: urgent tasks are defined as tasks that you need to do to avoid financial, legal, health or social penalties (you didn’t get your mother- in-law a birthday card!! What kind of monster are you??)
Urgent tasks are not things like paint the home office, clean window tracks or organize 11 years of family photos. That shit is nice or important or helpful to do. It’s not URGENT.
(Imagine me saying that last bit to you in a menacing, Italian gangster movie kinda way because that it’s that freaking’ vital, capisce??)
So, do you have a list of legit urgent shit to do?
Staple that list to your kitchen cupboard, your bathroom mirror, or your face. Those are your priorities, right there.
3. List of Easy Meals Your Family Loves
When you’re overwhelmed, one thing guaranteed to make you feel worse is wondering, ‘what’s for dinner?’
But having a simple list of meals you can cook easily and quickly is a lifesaver when motherhood and life in general is kicking your sweet ass.
Extra points if you add meals that can be made only using store cupboard items!
(Pssst, don’t forget to add take out, breakfast for dinner, pizza, and soup to this list of meals!)
4. Master List of Important Renewal Dates
You’re going to feel like such an adult when you make this list, I promise.
You should include all types of insurance you have, such as home, vehicle, medical, and life. And expenses like Amazon Prime and Netflix.
If you have a blog don’t forget to include your hosting and domain renewal dates. Plus any schedulers you use like Tailwind.
Even if you’ve automated payments from your bank account, make a note of the date so you aren’t surprised next time a big chunk of cash is taken.
5. Things That Annoy You About Your Home
I’m talking about all those things you need to organize and declutter in your home.
That pile of shoes in the hallway you keep falling over.
That overstuffed junk drawer.
All those school papers cluttering up the kitchen counters.
The fact you can never NEVER find your keys.
All those things that damage your calm and threaten to turn you, once and for all, into momzilla.
If you feel like you need to organize your entire house, it can be tough to know where to get started. So why not start with that shit that annoys you the most? Deal with those things and you’ll feel calmer and happier in your home.
So make your list.
(And this is definitely one you’ll want to keep adding to as you go through your day.)
Hands up if you’ve given up trying to remember passwords for your online accounts and just rely on the ‘Forgot Password’ button to reset your password every damn time?
Consider making a list of any passwords you can remember now and keep adding to this list when you sign up or change your other passwords.
It won’t change your life. But a password list might make life easier.
For the sake of security, I keep a book of password reminders - not the actual password but a cryptic reminder of what my passwords are. Sneaky, that’s me!
(Just remember to be really careful where you store this list!!)
7. Cleaning Routine
Is that a cobweb?
Are we all gonna get botulism?
No! You don’t have to be a domestic goddess.
But a clean and sanitary home is going to make you feel so much better.
And you CAN have a clean-ish home even if you have kids.
A simple as toast cleaning routine.
8. Birthdays and Gift List
Kids, husband, parents, siblings, inlaws, other family members, friends and whoever else.
Write down a list of important birthdays and keep a running list of gift ideas.
This way you'll never get stressed out wondering what to buy that difficult to buy for person in your life.
Are we loving lists yet?
If you’re in the list-making zone, here are some more lists to make when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Pick a few that’ll be helpful and leave the rest - this is meant to make you feel better. Not overwhelm you more.
More Lists To Help You Organize Your Entire Mom Life
9. Your goals, dreams and personal bucket list
10. Seasonal bucket lists for your family
11. Family traditions you currently have or hope to try
12. Books you want to read for yourself
13. Books you want to read to or share with your children
13. Movies and boxsets to watch
14. Movies and boxsets to watch with your children
16. Christmas gift ideas
17. Christmas card list and addresses
18. List of monthly outgoings and bills to pay
22. Seasonal home maintenance list
23. Morning routine
24. Evening routine
25. Courses and skills to learn
27. Hobbies you’d like to try
28. List of your achievements, jobs, qualifications - helpful for when you’re looking for your next job
29. Favorite Bible passages
30. Favorite quotes
31. Clothes wish list
32. Favorite memories about your kids, husband and your childhood
33. Emergency contact numbers
34. Clothes sizes for the family - in case you spot a bargain!
35. Free things to do in your area - is it the school holidays again??
36. Recipes to try
37. Master packing list
Lists to Help You Organize Your Entire Life
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or wondering where to start getting organized, making these lists will be a momentous first step - even if it feels like a baby step.
Just the simple act of getting everything out of your head and onto paper will free up mental space and help you sleep better.
What are you waiting for?
Grab a notebook and start writing, mama!
Don’t forget to pin for later.