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 almost 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.
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 with 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.
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.
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 do it all at one time. Think of it as starting your spring cleaning early.