On any given week day, this is the state of my office. I won’t even show you my desk area because it’s usually even more chaotic than this scene behind me. Between preschool papers, old bottles of milk, stale cups of coffee, packages, office supplies, and dried up kids stuff (not limited to edible items!); the list of things that piles up is never ending. Couple that with the chaotic work schedule of being a work at home mom of three kids? Yea, no shame in my game, sometimes something’s gotta give and almost always it’s the state of my (dirty/unclean) office.
Never fear! I do, at least once a week, do a declutter and cleaning session. It’s usually a midweek chore I do to give myself a boost in getting work done and re-energizing myself for the latter half of the work week. Here are some of my simple organization tips for work at home moms:
1.) Quick Purge & Cleanse
In less than a half hour, I was able to pick up all of the trash and mess in my office. I grabbed my ever trustworthy, Glad ForceFlex® Plus™ Advanced Protection Trash Bags on our last trip to Walmart and was ready to get cleaning this week. I had a full bag of trash and clutter to throw away and another bag that stored all items in good condition for donation. Definitely put the trash bags to the torture test with all of my office junk! Glad Advanced Protection trash bags are the best for tackling heavy loads with RipGuard™ technology to prevent rips and tears.
And with all of the half drank bottles/boxes of milk around here, the LeakGuard® Technology with two-layer protection designed to trap liquids in the bag is a L-I-F-E-S-A-V-E-R for this work at home mom! Oh and it also has a reinforced bottom to prevent leaks that keeps the bottom of the trash can clean too!
While we live in the digital age, I am still all about planners and desktop calendars! I love writing down the week’s schedule and even daily, I make changes as needed and it helps me be so much more organized. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t switched fully over to digital apps for this part of my life. It works really well for me, so I’m going to stick with it. Nothing like the feeling of checking off another item on the “to-do” list of mom life!
3.) Schedule Regular Donation Pick-Ups
I just started doing this, but it’s worked out really well for me to go through my packages on a regular cycle. Going through unused baby items and other products and making donation bags is a great motivator for me to keep my office mess free. I try to schedule a monthly donation pickup, a few weeks in advance, so I’m on a time crunch to clean!
4.) Give Yourself Grace
The days that I don’t do a major cleaning spree, I don’t stress about the mess. When you’re working from home with three little boys in the house, it’s inevitable that there will be messes (everywhere.) It’s just the happy chaos of mom life, right? So, I let it go and let the mess pile up. And I tell myself that it’s a sign that I’m being happily productive in my jobs and my kids are happily enjoying their artwork and play time, too. Oh yeah, it helps that my office trash can is literally the size of a wall and filled with the Glad Advanced Protection trash bags that help to contain the crazy mess during the week, too. That 7-day Odor Control Guarantee is no joke! Keeps my office feeling fresh, even with the chaos of all the kids stuff being thrown about every day!
I picked up my Glad Advanced Protection trash bags on our last trip to Walmart. The ease and convenience of shopping at our local store is great. So make sure to pick up these trash bags on your next trip, they’re a MUST HAVE for any mom to keep her sanity with cleaning and organization.
What are some ways you stay organized? Share your tips with me below!
Organization Tips for Work at Home Moms