Interview With An Organized Mom


Meet a mother who is forever multitasking (but then again which mommy doesn't?). Sister Saajida has agreed to share her wisdom on everything neat and orderly. I’m sitting with her as she unpacks a holiday bag that her toddler has planted herself comfortably in. This little distraction doesn't stop the mom's busy hands from folding and sorting.

Saajida is a mother of 3 kids (aged 5, 2 and 1) and gets a thrill out of organizing the contents of her home. She is what we like to call the “clean freak” and embraces this title with relish. When Saajida spring-cleans and organizes her home, a usual six-month occurrence, she means business. She gears up, dresses down and sets on her mission fearlessly.

Assalamu’alaikum and Jazakallah Saajida for taking the time to be interviewed by Muslimommy. To begin, I wanted to ask why it’s important for a person to organize their home?

Wa’alaikumusalam Sister Fatima, you are so welcome. I feel it is essential to organize one's home because it saves time, money and space.

I’m eager to hear about the way you organize your home. Please shed some light on how a busy mom does it?

I can’t possibly list every method I use to organize my home, but I can give you a brief overview of the process.

  • First, I start systematically, one room at a time

  • I scan the designated area to see what needs to be done

  • Then I begin with the most challenging room first and save the easiest for last

  • I start with a shelf or drawer, to see what I no longer need and give it away

  • Then I store everything neatly and label it

Great tips Alhamdulillah!  What items do you find helpful in organizing your home?

I believe that putting things into tubs of various sizes and marking them with a label-maker ensures that my life so much easier. In this way, if I’m looking for something, I’m not rummaging through every shelf or cupboard. I’ve done this in almost every room in my house. It’s also important that my hubby and kids can easily find what they need. I like that they don’t need to scream. "Mommy!" every time they require something.

Besides a label-maker and containers, what other essential tools do moms need before starting the organizing process?

A pen and a notebook to jot down anything you have and where it all stays, especially if you plan to rearrange the location of items. We wouldn't want to cause havoc in the house now, would we?

Do you have any other suggestions for busy moms who would like to start organizing their homes but just haven't the time?

Prepare yourself! The organizational process can become daunting and overwhelming, but set aside some time, and understand that this little effort will go a long way. Also, you have to look around your surroundings and critique it. Be realistic and honest with yourself. If you just know that you're not going to use it, throw it out! If you’re hard on yourself from the get-go, then the next time you spring-clean, there won’t be much to sort, you’ll just be cleaning the surface.

I heard that you have an organizational motto. Please share it

(Laughs) That is correct sister Fatima. I live by the rule, “touch everything once.” Meaning that you should do what you need to do at the same time do not leave it for later, and when you do it, do it well, so that you do not need to see to it again.

Now as delightful at organizing as you are, tell us exactly how you feel when you’re done with this task?

(Smiles and sighs) I feel so refreshed! I love the feeling of opening a cupboard and finding exactly what I am looking for. I think this organizational trait also runs in the family genes. I’m a little embarrassed to say, that when I asked my 2-year-old daughter to pack away her blocks, she color coordinated it first.

(Laughs) Alhamdulillah! Your daughter seems to appreciate orderliness as much as you do! JazakAllah Khair for your time and for sharing your invaluable insight, sister Saajida. Insha’Allah this will be a means of motivation for us to be more organized! Assalamu Alaikumwa Rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

Inshallah. You're welcome! Wa Alaikum Salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

‘May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you.’

AUTHOR FATIMA - Studying journalism and memorizing the Holy Qur’an. Eloquent and beautiful words have always captured my attention, and when I read the Glorious Qur’an, it captured my heart. I believe that there are mountains of knowledge, but we have yet to stumble upon it. Every day we should learn something about our Deen… something inspiring, something motivational, and something interesting. My aim is to inspire and warm the hearts of others while I journey on this path of knowledge, and through this, I hope to get closer to Almighty Allah (SWT)