Pre-kids, Steph Pase was just like us – thriving on being in control. But as we know, that becomes pretty much impossible once you become a mother. But she found a way to get her power back, and now she’s sharing her skills with others.
By Nicole Fuge, Mama Disrupt® Managing Editor
It’s 4am and Steph Pase’s alarm goes off. It’s dark and the kids are still fast asleep. This is when the mama-of-two finds [or rather makes] her me-time.
“I always notice the days I skip my routine. I feel rushed, stressed and my patience with the kids just isn’t as good.”
You see, Steph has become the queen of organisation, and mothers are now #stephing their own lives, one pantry shelf at a time.
“There have been many times where I questioned putting myself out there on social media. I think, like many people, I can be my own worst critic and I doubt myself all the time! But after a while I realised, I was the one in my own way.”
Steph started Just Another Mummy Blog [@justanothermummyblog] after having her daughter Harper, because none of her friends had kids yet and she didn’t have anyone to chat all things mum with. She was also trying to figure out her feelings of PND.
Steph felt alone, and began writing as a therapeutic outlet, sharing her everyday #mumlife through her love of organising, fitness, nourishing recipes and advocating for mental health awareness.
“There have been many times where I questioned putting myself out there on social media. I think, like many people, I can be my own worst critic and I doubt myself all the time! But after a while I realised, I was the one in my own way,” she says.
“I think having so many opinions from people on the internet can be overwhelming at times, but the community that has been built on my platform is so worth it.”
The making of a boss mama
With her popularity for all things #mumlife blowing up organically, Steph launched her brand Steph Pase Planners in 2019, to further help other mamas and stop them from feeling like a slave to their home and life.
“It’s not about being perfect or having the perfect pantry, it’s about feeling in control of your life again,” she says.
Being a small business owner and a mum to daughters Harper and Willow, Steph absolutely practices what she preaches in the juggle of work/kids and shares there have been many tears along the way – just like the rest of us!
“But I absolutely LOVE what I do, and I’m slowly finding my routine between working at the warehouse and home, while also trying to be a mum. It’s super important for me to have my week and days planned out so I make sure all the important things get done,” she says.
“This is where I love what is called “batching” my days. This means each day has a focus whether it’s creative, like product design, filming or writing, admin focus, packing orders etc. This way my whole day is focused on one type of task at hand so I’m not chopping and changing between tasks.”
Steph’s #1 tip for staying organised
“This is the one main mistake so many people make when wanting to organise their home; they don’t declutter first! You need to make sure you cull your space before you start buying tubs and labels to help you stay organised. There is no point organising junk. “
1. Have I used this in the last 3-6 months?
2. If I saw this in a shop would I buy it?
3. Is there someone I know who would get more use out of this than me?
“Also remember, decluttering is a process that you need to do continually (especially if you have children)! Think of the process as a bit-by-bit ongoing one.”