Being a mum of two boys close in age requires the planning of a navy-seal. There are lists, notes, charts, reminders, labels, rules, regulations, steps, procedures…
Then, there are the items that make it all work.
This comprehensive list of 11 things the organised mother always has at home will change your life. I am not even exaggerating. Haven’t you figured out yet that when things usually go wrong, the shops are closed? Or you are in your night clothes? Or it’s dark? Or it’s raining.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Combantrin®. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
Get organised with these essentials and your parenting experience will be a joy to behold, well, as much as parenting can be:
1. First aid kit
Buy a good first aid kit and constantly restock it. When kids cut their fingers or fall on their knees it’s never in a straight line or a perfect circle. What about the cuts at the top of their fingers? How do you get a sticking plaster around that?
Well you can if you have an amazing first aid kit with every single shaped band-aid known to man, non-stick pads, gauze, antiseptic fluid and cream. You will run to it a million times before your children turn 15 and then start running to it themselves. And you’ll be thankful every day that you have it and it is properly stocked.
2. A family calendar
Make sure you write everything down every week, month and year. There are so many activities, so many places to be. By plotting it out and hanging it somewhere you can all view it, you will always know where you have to be and what you need to bring.
3. Good nail clippers
I have to cut my boys nails every two weeks at least. They grow so fast. But to do it quickly, while the boys are still, I need excellent nail clippers. The boys often play on a device with one had while I clip the nails on the other. They have become quite good at playing one-handed, and I have become quite good at doing very quick nail clipping sessions.
Running out of batteries is one of the most frustrating parts of parenting, seriously. I have some amazing friends who include the batteries when they buy gifts for the boys that require them, but still, I make sure to stock up. Head to the local discount store and buy some of each so that no matter what, everything works. Especially game players and remotes!
5. Sticky notes
Note-to-self, always leave notes to self. Seriously, being able to jot down reminders for you and your family can stop you from losing your mind. And the great thing about sticky notes is you can post them everywhere. I leave notes to my husband on his bathroom mirror. “Don’t forget to pick up my card from the bank” etc and my boys get them too. Try and avoid the temptation to stick the notes on their foreheads.