When Cinderella Needs a Maid

Clean the dishes Cinderella. Sort the laundry Cinderella. Scrub the floors Cinderella. Wash the windows Cinderella.

Cook the meals Cinderella. Teach the children Cinderella. Run the carpool Cinderella. Balance the checkbook Cinderella.

Mend the clothing Cinderella. Plant the garden Cinderella. Do the shopping Cinderella…

I always dreamed of a fairytale life; somehow I imagined it differently.

Thirteen years after my Prince Charming rode into my life (yes, I’m talking about Kevin) I can say without a doubt I am living the fairytale. But, like all good stories, it panned out a bit different from predicted.

What’s a Cinderella to do?

This Cinderella tapped the wisdom of other mothers. By applying a few simple organizational tips my day felt more manageable and yours can too.

Helpful tips I’ve picked up from the super moms in my life:

*Make your bed as soon as you get up. It takes five minutes and it feels good to have accomplished something so early.

*Do a load of laundry first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night. This way you rarely fall behind.

*Start dinner prep in the morning while the kids are still in a good mood. (Or if you work outside the home use a crock pot with a timer)

*Create a cleaning schedule dividing household chores into 15 minute manageable chunks. A lot can be done in 15 focused minutes a day.

*Create a meal plan for dinnertime so you can shop accordingly and always have on hand the ingredients you need.

*Make school lunches the night before. Lay out clothing the night before.

*Use a small dollar store laundry basket as your child’s bedroom doorstop. As you pick up around the house put Junior’s toys and clutter into the basket. Junior puts those things away when he returns from school.

*Ignore Supermommy and her polished children, Yummy-mommy wearing her pre-pregnancy jeans, and Martha-mommy fussing over her perfect house and serving hors d’oeuvres that are better dressed than most of her guests. The comparison game is not fun, fair or beneficial.

*Remember you don’t need to be Supermommy to be a super mommy.

And they all lived happily ever after.

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