Mom Smarter Not Harder!

5 Hacks To Be A More Organized Mom


Are you a “hot mess” Mom doing your best but feeling totally overwhelmed?  Here are 5 Mom Hacks to be a more organized Mom to save your time, money and sanity!

How To Be A More Organized Mom

We are the queens of multi-tasking, it’s just how we roll, right?

Moms can cook dinner, answer math homework questions, load the dishwasher, all while listening to our husbands talk about their day.

But sometimes, being the multitasking queen can lead to burnout really fast.

Remember, you can’t be EVERYTHING to EVERYONE. 

We always have so much going on, it’s hard to catch a breath.

It’s exhausting when it feels like your brain has too many tabs open. 

It seems there is always something that needs to be done, and are we ever really “done”? 

You know the feeling, you finally lay your exhausted head on your pillow and suddenly you remember that you are in charge of sending the snacks for the whole class tomorrow. 

Then you remember that you FORGOT to buy the snacks.

Well maybe that never happened to you, but it has happened to me.

That’s when I knew I had to get ORGANIZED!

How To Be A More Organized Mom

Productivity Hacks

Being organized does not come easy to me because I have a Type B personality.

I love that I am creative, easy-going, and flexible, but I wish I had the organizational skills of the Type A people. 

So I decided my habits of going with the flow and winging it, needed to get a little more structured.

Honestly, I just got tired of always being the “hot mess” mom!

It really didn’t matter that my life consisted of busy days and sleepless nights, I needed to get organized for my own sanity. 

How To Be An Organized Mom

Here are some Mom Hacks to go from being overwhelmed to organized. 

1. Have A Stress-Free Morning Routine

Having a stress-free morning routine will set the tone for the whole day. If mornings are chaotic, then the whole day will feel stressed as well. 

The first tip for a successful morning routine is to wake up earlier than your kids. Earlier enough to have at least one cup of coffee in silence. 

It lets you focus on the tasks of the day and get mentally prepared. 

The second tip is to already have your kids prepared for their day.

Every Sunday, my kids and I look up the weather for the upcoming week and pick out their outfits for the whole week. 

My kids each have a closet organizer that holds each outfit for Monday-Friday.

In each little cubby, we have their whole ensemble, including socks and hair accessories. 

When there are no battles over what to wear, it just makes morning time easier!

2. Have A Family Command Center  

A family command center is a great place to keep the WHOLE family organized. 

It just organizes all the chaos!

With a large dry-erase calendar you can keep track of all appointments and extracurricular activities. 

It is the perfect place to keep reminders and little notes in a central place that everyone can see. 

If you have space, you can even add hooks for the kid’s backpacks so their stuff has a “home”. 


3. Set A Timer

You wouldn’t  believe how much you and your kids can accomplish when you set a timer. 

We use this timer for clean up time, screen time, morning time, nap time and bed time. I have even used it when I workout at home. 

It is visual so even my preschooler knows when time is running out. 

You can read more about how I use this timer for clean-up time here


Using a timer is great because it keeps the whole family accountable when it comes to time. 

4. Have A Family Planner

Having a family planner keeps you on top of everything!

You can check out my favorite planners on my Smart Mom Resources page. 

We all know that as Moms we are expected to keep the whole family organized. Everyone relies on us to keep the schedule memorized. 

We aren’t computers, keeping too many tabs open will only lead to burnout.

That’s when we become the “hot mess” Mom!

I’m guilty of trying to keep it all in my head too. Those days were exhausting!

When you finally let that mentally go, and have a place to keep track of everything, it lifts a HUGE burden off of your shoulders. 

So if you don’t have a place to keep track of all those appointments and little reminders, then you need one ASAP. 

If you don’t like carrying around a planner or writing stuff down, then you should check out the Cozi app.  

My husband, my teen, and I all use Cozi on our phones to keep the family on the same page. 

It is so easy to just add things to the app so everyone can see them. I mainly use it for my grocery list and appointments but it has so many other cool features. 

It is FREE and it is a 3-time Mom’s Choice Award winner for organization.

Cozi Family Organizer App: The #1 app for the modern family! Sign up for a free Cozi account today. 

5. Meal Prep 

Meal prepping for a family can save you so much time and money. 

You don’t have to meal prep the whole week in one day. Unless you want to. 

First, you need to figure out your weekly meal plan – use the Ultimate Meal Planner to save time & money! 

Then you can grocery shop for those specific meals. 

Here are 11 genius tips to save tons of money at the grocery store.

When planning out your meals take into account any upcoming appointments or extra-curricular activities for the week ahead. 

Two easy gadgets I use to help me meal prep is a Crock-Pot and an Instant-Pot.

Meal-prepping may seem like a tedious job but I promise you on a busy Wednesday night, after soccer practice, you will be so glad you meal-prepped the Sunday before! 

If you just didn’t have time to meal prep and you are at a loss for dinner ideas, grab a rotisserie chicken at your local supermarket deli and try one of these 25 quick dinner recipes

Overwhelmed To Organized

Look, we wear many hats and it’s just not that easy to keep everything together. 

And, that’s OK!

Hopefully, these busy Mom hacks will help you get more organized and be less of a “hot mess” Mom. 

Remember no one is perfect. We all have those days full of mom-guilt,  just some Moms are better at hiding it than others. 

All that matters is that you and your family are happy, organized, or not!

If you need tips on how to keep the house clean, check out this post with 15 Mom Hacks for a messy house.

Don’t stop here, check out the Smart Mom Resources page for MORE time-saving & budget-friendly MOM HACKS!

Plus, you can sign up for new Mom Hacks to be sent to your inbox monthly.

That’s right just once a month because we barely have time for anything as is, so spamming your inbox is a guaranteed NO.

Do you have any  ORGANIZATION HACKS that you use to be less of a “hot mess”?  PLEASE let me know in the comments 🙂


Moms Helping Moms! Share The Love!


  1. Adrianne Armstrong says

    Such a great post, and great ideas! Our command center at home is the go to if you want to know what is going on! Something I need to get better at is Meal Prepping. You have some great tips!

  2. Lauren Kidd says

    I LOVE white boards all over to help stay organized. Also, I got an IP 2 years ago and it wasn’t even until this year that I really started using it. SUCH A TIME SAVER!!! Thanks for the time hacks!

  3. Hazel Salcedo says

    I’m not even a mom and I can’t put my sh*t together… what more for moms!!! That’s why I super look up to and appreciate all moms because you’re right, they can’t be everything to everyone, yet they still manage to do that. It’s their instinct. Great tips on how to be organized! I’m sure many moms will find this super useful too! 🙂

    – Hazel

  4. Amanda says

    Great tips! We do a couple of these already, but I think adding a few of the others like having my youngers pick clothes the night before and meal prep could make my day more organized and productive and less stressful!

  5. Kristen says

    These are great tips! I totally agree with #1. My morning routine is THE MOST important part of my day. When I don’t wake up early and enjoy that time, my whole day feel shot…and like I’m always trying to catch up. I also LOVE using a timer!

  6. Allison says

    I love all these hacks and will be sure to use them. I’ll have to start my stress free morning routine right now!

  7. Alexis says

    I love some good hacks! Meal prepping is huge for me, especially snacks for the day because my son will eat all day if I let him! Haha!

  8. Sarah Styf says

    Google Calendar keeps us running, although right now it’s depressing because of the pre-scheduled things that keep coming across my notifications. And meal prep is a lifesaver, especially when I make up frozen meals ahead of time.

  9. Josephine says

    I am in love with this post! It’s as if you are talking directly to me! I’m so type B that I have to organize EVERYTHING or it won’t get done! I bought a set of 4 drawers – you know those rolly ones – to put JJ’s clothes in. Socks in one drawer, undies in another, then shirts and bottoms in the other two! This way it’s super easy for her to grab an outfit! Otherwise, they would be all over the place! It’s so hard to stay organized, but I love these tips! I used to use Cozi – I’m not sure why I stopped using it! I think I went to digital planner – which is a must for me or I’d forget EVERYTHING!

    Awesome post! P.S. I signed up for your newsletter because I want more Type B personality hacks! lol

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *