i get asked often how i manage to stay so organized. and, how i “do it all” or “get it all done”.
i’m hoping that in this post, i can shed a little bit of light for you. something to remember though, is that i’m just organized, by nature. that’s not to say that i’ve never kept a messy room, or have never had stacks of crap on the counters. but, typically i don’t. i try hard not to. because when there is chaos in my home, there is chaos in my brain. and then, i shut down. and when that happens, it’s hard for me to function properly.
planner on top: Much Ado About You
first off, (and i’m sure you’ve seen me mention this before) i LIVE by my planner and lists. just as i can’t function with chaos, nor can i function without lists. there are 4 notebooks in the photo and every single day, i use every one of them. they make my life easier. one is my running list of hoop orders by month, a plain notepad for making lists, my blog planner and my daily planner.
so, here are a few things that i do to keep things running smoothly for me and for our family and to help me balance home, family, shop, blog, etc!
every weekend (either saturday or sunday, depending on when i have time) i sit down and make a list, room by room of what needs to be done the following week around the house, as well as grocery & meal lists. (occasionally i’ll make meal plans for 2 weeks) at this time i go through my blog planner as well and make sure that i’ve got posts either scheduled, ready to write or in process.
once i’ve got my lists made out, i grab my planner. i add any activities (that aren’t already written down), plans, etc and then i start arranging when i’ll do what household chores are on the list. typically, i’ll vacuum once a day and usually at the same time. but, i only put it down in my planner 3-4 times a week, so that i don’t get anxious if it doesn’t happen one day. there are certain things like 15 minutes to relax, reading, etc that i make sure to write down in my planner three times a week at LEAST. i need that time and have to schedule it in for myself, otherwise i’ll never do it.
once a week i go through our “junk” counter. this is a tiny counter in our kitchen where we keep bills, school fliers, etc. everything gets divided into 3 stacks. bills to be paid. papers that need some sort of attention and trash, that then gets tossed out. anything else that has to be kept, gets taken to the filing cabinet and put away. i find that doing this at least once a week really keeps the clutter away AND makes it an easy task, as there’s not usually much there.
4- Keeping the kids on schedule
since they were very little, our kids have always done well on a schedule. we definitely stray from time to time, and when we do it’s not usually an issue. we don’t do any tv during the week, during the school year. although, this year we did a bit during this winter (adjusting to being inside so much due to the cold wisconsin winters). the kids normal routine would be to come home, eat a snack, play for a bit, do homework, play until dinner, hang out with dad & do showers, reading and bed. while cohen doesn’t actually have homework, we are working to get him fully caught up since he started 4K in the middle of the year. and, he loves doing “homework”, because brookelyn does hers.
these are the 4 most important steps that i take to keep myself and our household organized. i’m also pretty lucky to have a husband and 2 kids who actually appreciate a clean home and all do their best to keep things in order and put away. clearly, this won’t work for everyone. but, these 4 steps help a LOT.
how do you keep organized? or, do you not? do you plan or just fly by the seat of your pants?
i’d love to hear from your perspective!