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Hi, my name is Queen Heather, and I reign over Disorganization Island. I live in a castle at the corner of Lost Lane and Rush Way. Every morning, Princess Caitlynn and I embark on an adventure throughout the kingdom, searching for matching socks, hidden cell phones and misplaced car keys. When we make it past the gates, we sometimes keep our chariot waiting and run back to the tower to retrieve Duchess Doll or another forgotten member of the royal family. On the way to rule the world (also known as work), we sometimes slay dragons in the form of traffic jams and red lights.

I must conquer clutter, or else my land (and my sanity) will be invaded. Therefore, I hereby issue the following decree: Be it resolved that all citizens of Disorganization Island institute a morning routine ritual for a fortnight (two weeks). Here are helpful organization tips for new moms.

Iron Clothes

Day One: Iron Clothes, for both you and your baby, for a week.

Day Two: Set Out Accessories, such as Socks, Jewelry and Hair Bows.

Day Three: Stock Diaper Caddy.

Playtex Baby Diaper Genie SmartCaddy

Day Three: Pack Your Briefcase

Day Four: Charge Cell Phone and Turn the Ringer up

Day Five: Pack Lunch/Snacks at Night

Day Six: Prep Breakfast by Setting Out Clean Bottles/Sippy Cups

Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles System

Day Seven: Hang Keys on Hook Near Door.

Day Eight: Make Bath Time a Nighttime Routine.

Day Nine: Clean One Room at a Time.

Day Ten: Place Errand Items Near Front Door (i.e. Movies to return, letters to mail, shopping list to complete, etc.)

Day Eleven: Purchase Clear Storage Bins. That way, you can see what’s inside without dumping out all of the contents.

Day Twelve: Wake Up One Hour Before Baby. Drink Coffee!

Day Thirteen: Plan to Arrive at Destination 20 Minutes Early.

Day Fourteen: Complete Each Challenge Above in One Day.

If you serve your country and complete the mission above, you will receive citizenship to a newly formed land–Organization Island!

Until you relocate, let me know what other organizational tips I should add to the list!

 

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the Board of Directors for Big Sisters Big Brothers and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp Campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 3-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 40+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

  • Krystle Gray

    I try to make good use of old containers and bottles. For instance, I use my old oatmeal container as a headband holder so I can easily see all of her headbands and can get the exact one I want.

  • http://www.brownmamas.com Cindy Mendoza

    I love your Disorganization Land metaphor. Cracked me up!