As a busy working mom, I have developed some…behaviors that may seem a little obsessive compulsive to some. I would rather call them my daily coping mechanisms though. Quick shortcuts, these coping mechanisms help to ease my efforts each day as I juggle home, work, and family responsibilities.
- When loading the dishwasher, I designate each compartment for a particular type of silverware. This makes unloading easier as an entire handful of silverware can go directly into the silverware drawer already separated.
- My work clothes are hung in my closet all facing the same direction and organized according to length of their sleeve or skirt. This makes it easier for me to assess my wardrobe options each morning according to the weather forecast.
- I charge my cell phone every night on the same charger whether it needs it or not. Without this routine I would be left searching for my cell phone each morning and inevitably stranded someplace with a dead battery.
Crazy – maybe. But these easy shortcuts leave me feeling a bit more organized and a bit more accomplished as I move through my daily routine.
What coping mechanisms or shortcuts do you have to manage the day to day tasks of a working mom?