So you have decided to make the jump into organized mommyhood, but do not know where to start? Yeah, neither did I. I am here to tell you however, that organizing your days with your kiddos is much easier than you may believe!
You see, I too was in your shoes not all that long ago. My mommy friends would ask what my plans were for the week, and I was able to provide a great answer, “I have no idea!”. With that in mind, my days were often being double and triple booked. My family was always on the run, my kids were tired by 2pm, and I was getting nothing on my to do list accomplished.
Obviously my life did not magically organize itself overnight. With a few products, a little time, and a nice beverage, I know my daily activities for the week before my coffee is gone Monday morning!
First and foremost, in order to organize, I had to acquire a good daily planner. While there are all kinds of planners out there, I choose one that had a calendar layout for each month. My planner also has enough space to make notes on my day to day activities. If you are anything like me, your days become super busy with multiple activities per day, and you will need that extra space! While I am totally in love with the Erin Condren planners, I decided to go with a less pricey planner for my first one.
Wet Erase Calendar Board
This is my bread and butter! I picked up a wet erase calendar board, and I absolutely love it! If you are super visual, like me, this is an awesome way to organize. Wet erase works best because little fingers do not smear it as easily. I pick a day, usually the last Sunday of the month, sit down and write out my calendar for the next month. Then, the calendar gets hung up on the side of my refrigerator, and my family knows what is happening day to day. Sometimes, I have to take the board down to add a few things, but usually it is not much. Also, this saves me from hearing “what are we doing today” every morning from my 8 year old!
Ok, so one of those little things that amuse me are my fine point colored planner pins. I have started color coding all of the activities that go into my planner by whose event it is. Then, I know at a glance not only how much I have going on in any given week, but also whose fault it is that I am running my ass off. (Usually, it is my oldest’s fault as she is in 5 million extracurriculars.) Plus, all of the colors look so pretty in my planner!
20 Minutes/ Week
The next thing you need in order to up your organization game is about 20 minutes a week. Yep, that is it. I simply take 20 minutes a week, generally on Sunday’s, to map out my next week’s plans. I put everything down into my planner, review the upcoming weeks plans, and I am done! 20 minutes to a easier week? Yes please!
Ok, so this one is totally optional, but it really helps to drive home the adulting you are accomplishing! Depending on the time of day, I will pour myself a nice glass of coffee or wine. It totally helps me to breathe through the scheduling, plus, once it is done, I swear the beverage tastes even better. Isn’t adulting fun? Don’t you love to organize?
That is pretty well how I do it folks! Do you have anything different at home that you use to organize? Any tips to help the moms out there get their scheduling on? Post them in the comments below!
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