And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…a good day planner is worth its weight in gold. And my absolute favorites are Erin Condren Life Planners. I love, love, love them!
I schedule everything in my calendar so that I don’t over-book myself. I even schedule chores like “go by the UPS store”, “go to the gym”, “grocery shop”, etc. Now, I’m not a slave to my calendar and some days, I simply don’t have time or I change my plans but at least by writing it all down, I am never double-booked.
My biggest tip for having an organized home is making it specific to your family’s routine.
I realized that when we’re about to go out the door for the gym, the kids and I congregate near the back door to put on our shoes/coats and grab my gym bag…so, what did I do? I store this stuff in the playroom closet which is right next to our back door. This way, we don’t all get downstairs and someone has to run back upstairs because they forgot something. The playroom closet might seem like a random spot to keep my gym bag but it’s super convenient in the mornings (and then later when we get home, it’s simple and fast to put everything back in its place too!).
Here are some other random items we keep in unusual places to simplify our lives:
1. Kids’ coloring books and markers are in a kitchen drawer because they love coloring at the kitchen table.
2. The kids keep their outside shoes outside right next to the back door, so that every time they come in and out from playing, their shoes are right there and we’re never having to get them from some other location.
3. I keep magazines I want to read in a drawer next to my favorite chair, so when I’m ready to read, I just pull one out of the drawer and am not just stacking/setting magazines just anywhere.
And here are a few other ways we stay organized…
We have DVD books for each genre of film. This totally goes against the grain of my family. My parents and my dad’s parents keep every movie in its shell in alphabetical order in their homes. Not kidding. It’s insane. I personally do not have the room or patience for that, so we have these books.
These books make it really easy to store DVDs, simple for my kids to flip through and find the one they’re looking for, and great for tossing in the car on road trips. We have a Christmas movie book (like above), a Disney movie book, an action movie book and a romantic comedy book.
And coming up on 52 Shades of Shay:
Saying no to all of those commitments
Organizing your photos and scrapbooks
Get out of the frump!
Getting your kids to nap (Finally! You people have been begging for this one!)
And I have two recipes for your Tuesday…
My Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is perfect for a cold January night (and simple too!).
And my Spicy Corn Dip is perfect for football watching parties (like the Super Bowl!).
Check them both out and then have THE BEST Tuesday!