Motherhood by Mandy Manson Owner of Orderly Home and Office.

Hi, I’m Amanda a Professional Organiser at Orderly Office and Home, helping

people to declutter, simplify and streamline their homes. I’m a married mum

of two teenage girls of 16 & 18yrs.

How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

Now that my girls are older, I can come & go at times to suit me, as there’s no school drop off or playtime supervision to worry about. Over the last 10 years of working for myself it has been important to ensure that I carve out enough time to spend both on my business and with my family. In the past I would schedule appointments in school hours, allow myself family time until after dinner, then pick up things for a couple of hours if needed once they’d gone to bed. These days, I can be working with a client until 6pm before going out for dinner or to the cinema or a gig with them! I appreciate that managing my work time has become easier as they have got older but the challenges, albeit different from when they were 7, still come in thick and fast!

What top tips would you give to any working mum?

Plan your diary well in advance and allow yourself some contingence time! I work with a traditional paper diary - backed up with my phone so that family know where I am – and everything’s in pencil until it happens. Schedule in those non-negotiables like parent’s evening, out of school performances/activities, and appointments for yourself. Then book your work time around that. I always leave myself at least one day free each week as unexpected things always happen! It may mean some odd work hours to start off with, but it’s all about balance.

What do you love most about Manchester? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?

I enjoy the fact that we are just minutes from both the city centre and countryside, meaning we can enjoy the best of both worlds in one day. In Manchester we enjoy going out to eat at places like Yard & Coop and Northern Soul in the Northern Quarter or Wow Yau Chow in Altrincham. For fun, we might tackle an escape room on a rainy day or take the dog out for a long walk in Styal Woods or up at Alderley Edge.

How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

Time with my PT in Altrincham at KB Fitness! When my girls were small and I was working in a corporate role, I never really made time to focus on doing things just for me. Now, I exercise at times to suit my schedule, knowing that I can let off steam and focus one hundred percent on something other than work or family for 60 minutes. Lifting weights not only makes me feel great but the strength work is important for my physical health too, looking after my joints – something I need to be careful of in my line of work! A long soak in the bath is also something I’m making time to enjoy again (the benefits of gifts from teenage girls!).

What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?

Seeing my girls thrive and develop their own sense of identity as they progress through school, sixth form and part-time jobs makes me proud. To know that I’m raising two independent girls who see me looking after my own future and who understand the cost and value of things, and the fact that money definitely does NOT grow on trees (or on Daddy’s credit card!) is important to me. As my girls become young women there’s a whole other set of challenges and it’s taking a while to let go! The worry about what time they will be home and if they are

safe will never go away. They’ll always be my babies however old they are!

What advice would you give a first time Mum?

I’d say cut yourself some slack! Eat, sleep, and enjoy time with your baby because it was pass in the blink of an eye - they’ll be eye-rolling at you and driving your car before long! Implement some easy-to-follow systems at home and organise the essentials for you to get

through the week. Everything else can wait.

Motherhood by Amanda Manson

Owner of Orderly Home and Office

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