The Morning Marathon

I’ve been trying to think of a good excuse to give you guys for why I haven’t blogged and responded to comments in over 4 months, but then I realized that you probably already know why: I’m a new mama with absolutely no clue what I’m doing who also happens to work full time and then some. My “me-time” has consisted of scrubbing poop off baby clothes, cleaning bottles and pump parts and picking up toys from every square inch of my house. On the forreals though, you should’ve seen how grown out my highlights were… I literally had a thought the other day about many more months it would take for them to be considered “ombre”…. so sad. To my credit, I am learning to get out more and really dedicate some time to myself, but with working full time, I feel guilty when I don’t spend my time off with/around Dylan. I think every working mama can relate to this, so would love to hear how you guys have dealt with this. 

OK, OK…enough sap story for one post. Although I’ve clearly still got some baby-mama-drama to work out, I have made great progress over the past few months in organizing all this craziness. I get a laugh at reading through my old posts as I was nesting and I’m guessing you experienced mama’s did too – I clearly had no clue what I was about to get into. Organizing everything pre-baby definitely, absolutely, totally helped me but instead of cleaning every closet in this joint, I should’ve spent more time doing nothing… because gone are those days, friends.

And although I tried to plan ahead and organize for the future, I soooo wasn’t prepared for the “morning marathon”. Hell, I’ve been back at work for over 4 months now and I’m still getting use to it. Getting me ready, getting D ready, feeding D, getting D ready again after he poops/pukes on himself, getting me ready again after D pukes on my outfit, making bottles, loading 6 bags in the car and then heading off to daycare and work… all before a cup of coffee is mother.truckin’.work.

So a couple Sundays ago, I declared that I’d spend 30 minutes “prepping” for the week. I thought about everything that slows me down in the morning and realized that it really revolved around outfits and getting both D and I ready. So while putting away laundry like I typically do on Sunday, I spent a few minutes picking out 5 outfits for both Dylan and I. Since Dylan doesn’t really wear shoes yet, I thought his hanging shoe organizer would be the perfect way to organize his outfits for the week as there is a cubby for each day of the work week, plus one for weekend outfits. Since I store his tops and bottoms in separate drawers of his dresser, this has been such a time saver. It has also really helped ensure Jer doesn’t dress Dylan like a freak. It happens…

 Baby Shoe Organizer for Outfit Storage | My Sweetnest Blog   Diaper Storage | My Sweetnest Blog

So I applied the same system in my closet, but there was absolutely no way I could give up one inch of my shoe storage… gotta little problem in that department. Instead, I simply picked out 5 outfits and slipped a little cord tag that I labeled with the day of the week around the hangers. I LOVE these cord tags from Martha Stewart…that lady knows a thing or two.

Using Cord Tags for Selecting Weekday Outfits | My Sweetnest Blog

Using Cord Tags for Selecting Weekday Outfits | My Sweetnest Blog

Since I’ve started doing this, weekday mornings have been soooo much easier and it’s also been super helpful in ensuring that the outfits below never happen again… Smile #dorks


PS: please excuse typos and sentences that don’t make any sense. Still working through post-baby-fuzziness.



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  1. I am sooo glad to see a new post!!! I have read every one of your other posts. Dylan is ADORABLE!!! Congrats! (even though it is a little late. 😉 ) I LOVE your blog. You have given me so many great ideas for when I have kids, my little sisters and little cousins. Thank you so much! Please keep on blogging!
    Lane <3

  2. I’m so gonna try this! I too wish I’d spent more time resting than tryin to get everything organized and ready. My Zoey is a month old and I have to go back to work after next week, so glad to get this tip! Look forward to more!

  3. I am so glad to see you are posting again! I had a little boy this past November and can completely relate to your craziness. Getting ready for baby was the easy part! Taking care of them and ourselves, not so much! I keep reminding myself that things can only get easier. Thank you for the tip, I’m going to try this out myself. Keep the posts coming, they are always hilariously relatable and encouraging!

  4. Oh, it’s hard. I know that feeling. It’s crazytime when we have to leave the house. I don’t have much advice because you are already doing what I would recommend. Being organized is the only thing that saves my sanity!

  5. You may even be able to teach this old, very experienced Mom a thing or too! Love the organization for the whole week! This will be especially helpful when you have children who are very picky about what they wear to school – just like you were! LOVE YOU, J and D – Mom

  6. I just started following your blog and I love it! THanks for all your great organizing tips. I don’t know how you do it working full time and juggling being a mommy and wife. It is so busy! Way to go girl! I am a stay at home mom, doing childcare to make it while my husband goes to nursing school..I really enjoy reading your blog.

  7. I was soooooo happy this morning when I came over to your blog and saw that you were back!! I have been checking in periodically over the last few months. I love your blog and your sense of humor. I also love this idea for organizing for the week, it makes perfect sense. We don’t have any children yet, but I think all the things you have posted will definitely come in handy when we do. Thank you for being an inspiration!

  8. Your post came just in time! I am a new mom and heading back to work in a couple of weeks. I am definitely going to take your advice. Glad to see a new post from you!

  9. oh mama, I know how you’re feeling! being a full time working mom can be so hard on so many levels. but know that everything you’re feeling is normal, justified and OK. it’s ok not to have it all figured out all the time, and don’t worry all moms feel this way from time to time even if we aren’t working outside the home. just keep doing what you’re doing. find what works for your family. the rest will fall into place, and try not to feel guilty about it.

  10. Great post, I am completely in that same routine and can relate 100 % to how you are feeling. My son is almost nine months and I have yet to get any “me” time for those same reasons. Love that clothes organization idea, I have that same shoe organizer for my son, but keep random items in it and this makes way more sense. My hubby is always complaining that he doesn’t know which clothes fit or what I would like our son to wear, so this would take that out of the equation as well. I love that I stumbled accross your blog! XOXO

  11. Oh my, oh my, oh my! How excited am I!!!!!! I finally found a blogger who has things that relate to me. I am trying to organize myself for this coming new year. I have 2 boys 9 & 2 (I should have learned the first time around how to organize myself) and I am a complete mess. I found this site and now I am going back and reading your great advice. I just saw your family binder and this post. (So totally going to look for those tags for the weekly outfits, GREAT IDEA!) Can’t wait to see more and really get my life situated. You have become my new mentor. 😉 THANK YOU!!!!!!! (sorry for being overly excited. lol)

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