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Staying Organized in 2017

January 3, 2017

A new year means new goals being set. And whether those goals are short term or long term, we all hope to achieve our goals and make them another check off of our list. One of my goals this year is to stay organized. I’m usually a pretty organized person when it comes to writing things down and keeping track of this and that. But as a whole, between work, home and just life in general, things have gotten a little crazy and there’s definitely room for improvement. So I’ve put together a few tips on how to stay organized throughout your every day life in hopes that you and I both can become more organized!

Use a Planner

My #1 way of remaining organized is my planner. I have it with me almostย all of the time and pretty much my entire life is in there. Since my memory isn’t the best, it’s great to have everything I need to do in one place. I have found that having things written down in front of me and easily accessible when making plans, appointments, etc. is a huge help. I love the planners from ban.do and Plum Paper.

Meal Plan

This is a huge, huge must when it comes to being and feeling organized on a day to day basis and throughout the week. Every weekend I sit down and plan out the meals I’m going to make for the week. I use that list to make my grocery list and go to the grocery that weekend to get everything. No need for multiple trips or scrambling around trying to figure out what to make for dinner. It’s amazing how simply having dinner put together and knowing what you are making throughout the week makes for a much more relaxed evening.

Get a Calendar

Having a calendar at home can really change the way your family functions. Along withย having a planner that is mainly used by just you, a calendar gives a screenshot of the upcoming month for the entire family. Whenever something comes up, anyone can add it to the calendar so that the whole family can keep track of certain dates. For us, between work, swim practice, appointments, etc., it could be just what we need to keep us on track each month.

Make Lists

Lots of them. Any time we run out of something in the fridge or pantry we immediately write it down on a pad of paper that is on the fridge so we don’t forget to get it next time we are at the grocery. I also make lists before going on trips, things we need to do before leaving, things to pack, etc. But lists aren’t just for you, the kids need a list too. Aubrey loves doing little chores around the house and helping out, so my goal this month is to make her a chore sheet to use each week and rewarding her at the end of each week once the sheet has been completed.

Purge Often

This is something that is new for me but has proved to be very helpful so far. Every now and then (I’m aiming for once a month), pick a room to go through and get rid of things you don’t use. I usually put everything in a bag and bring it to our local Salvation Army. By going through each room in your house one at a time, it helps declutter your space while also not having to doย it all at one time. Think of it as starting your spring cleaning early.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Samantha Kuzyk January 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    YES to all of this! Especially the purging! I’ve been secretly doing this for years because my husband is a little bit of a hoarder and can’t throw things out! lol And I totally agree that making lists and meal planning makes life easier!

    • Reply annie January 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      I did my closet the other day and it feels so good to get rid of stuff! And I don’t even miss it so I’m like woohoo!

  • Reply Joleen January 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Such great tips! I love a good organizational tool. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply annie January 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      My planner is attached at my hip at all times hahah thanks for reading!

  • Reply Trista January 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    These are all such great tips! I have a new planner and it is making me so excited for this fresh start that comes with the new year. Happy 2017!

    • Reply annie January 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Yes! I love writing in a new planner and filling the pages up with all the fun things coming up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Coppelia January 4, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Yes! I feel like I am with you on all of these points, especially the purging often and meal planning! And I find that writing things down helps me, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply annie January 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Meal planning makes my weeks go SO much smoother! I just went through my closet the other day and got rid of so much, it felt great!

  • Reply ellie January 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Great tips! Meal Planning is a big one for me, to stay on budget and so that we don’t waste food too. I also have to be careful with food intolerances so meal planning is a life-saver! Purging clutter is the most amazing feeling too, gives you a great sense of calm and content!

    Ellie
    http://www.scotchandstilettos.com

    • Reply annie January 5, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      When food shopping and planning my meals I’ve really been focusing on making sure I get what I need and not wasting it. I hate throwing away food, money down the drain!

  • Reply Living in Color January 6, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Organization is totally my jam ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xo, L
    livingincolorblog.com

    • Reply annie January 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Yesss agreed! Makes life that much easier ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Caitlin January 9, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for posting this!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour
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    • Reply annie January 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Of course! I’m all about being more organized in the new year!

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