Organisation is key in a busy household. It will reduce stress and overwhelm, create better healthy habits, increase productivity, save you money, allow more quality family time and set a good example for your kids. If this feels like a challenge, keep this in mind, “You need to make time to create time”. It may start with hiring a Professional Organiser to get you started and find solutions that work for you.
A word you will hear me say a lot in our home and in homes of the families that I work with is, ‘Team’. Perfectly put as Together Everyone Achieves More! Yes, this means allowing your children to be involved in helping around the house. And where appropriate, let your kids take control! You set the boundaries then let them make the choices within those limits.
My kids love to help put clothes in the washing machine and press the buttons with me. Yes, I could just do it and its done, but firstly, listen. They are asking if they can help. That extra minute got me so much further than just ‘throwing a load on’. I am able to connect, communicate, bond, mentor, teach and empower my child to work with me and as a team. It’s that connection, attention and quality time that they crave and what we desire. Unfortunately, opportunities like this are missed in the busyness of our schedules.
We need to ‘Mirror’ skills and behaviours. Cooking a meal together and showing them some simple tricks and techniques can do so much for them. Depending on their age and developmental capabilities, allowing the kids to be involved and ‘working with you’ and as a ‘team’ is empowering for you as a parent too. Don’t forget to have fun!
‘Encouragement’ is another empowering factor that we need to practice more. The language that we use and the challenges that we present our kids have great effects on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t suck properly then you are unlikely to want to use it. If your pantry is disorganised, you are less inspired to create amazing meals. If you don’t have effective storage systems then where are we meant to put all of our ‘stuff’?