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Getting Organized

With the new year upon us, you may be looking for a way to get more organized or are just interested in creating a new routine to help everyday life be just a little less stressful. With that being said, what product(s), tips, & routines do YOU have or use that help make a difference in their daily life?!

Here are a few previous tips from readers…

I made a “control journal” thanks to FlyLady. Like others, I had several “meals” in the house ready to make. I had favorite meals/menus written on index cards and held together with a ring. I had pages in the control journal in a page protector for each child. I used pictures when younger and words when they could read and they checked off items as they did them. My kids had some health issues when younger – asthma and food allergies – so I had to decide early which battles to fight.

My best advice, stay organized on paper. I have a binder that has tab sections for each kid. There I keep photocopies of their birth certificates, shot records, last physical, last eye exam, and last dental exam. I also have them in sheet protectors so I can slide them in and out as they are updated. In the front of the binder I keep business card holder sheet protectors with everyone’s medical insurance cards, along with any family membership cards we have.

We use Cozi calendar, it’s free for basic, which is what we use. We have the app and can mark things on the calendar or put something on the grocery list (on the same app). My husband is a police officer with a sometimes crazy schedule so he puts on his extra duties and I put on doctor’s appoints, what day is trash day, what day is recycling and much more. It has reminders, if you want, I like to put on “bake for the teacher’s birthday” reminder for the night before, etc.

Now it’s your turn! 😀

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  1. Katrina

    Simplify, simplify, simplify!

    Own less.
    -Donate stuff we don’t use.
    -Buy only what we NEED.

    Do less.
    -Say “NO” when an activity/party/engagement isn’t something we really want or need to do.
    -Prioritize. Focus on time with loved ones. If you have less stuff it is less maintenace.

    I use my phone calendar to set reminders for important dates etc. Have teachers/schools/doctors saved as contacts.

    Schedule physicals/dentist appointments for kids during off times, not right before or after school year.

    Try to exercise. It keeps my head clear.

    • Katie

      We just donated 6 huge garbage bags full of toys and random stuff along with 3 bags of clothes. It’s wonderful having less!

  2. Sara

    Love Cozi!!! With four kids it’s a must. Mine would be stay on top of stuff… I do at least one load of laundry daily (usually 2). Clean up through the day and one big go through nightly. If you stay on top of it it doesn’t seem as daunting.

  3. jennifer@kitchenserf

    Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and then Do the steps she outlines in the book. I’m only half way through kon-mari-ing my life and it’s made a huge difference. I can’t wait to finish the rest.

    The upshot is you only keep what sparks joy, the rest goes.

    So far I’ve donated three car loads of books and magazines and several trash bags full of clothes and shoes not to mention various and sundry other things. And I’ve kept all the stuff at bay.

    Since doing this in July, it’s really tough for me to buy clothes now. In fact, I think I’ve only bought one tee-shirt and a winter coat. If it doesn’t “spark joy” I’m not buying it.

    The whole Tidying Up experience has helped me be way more productive both at work and at home. I’m made room in my life for more relationships and blessings.

    Happy New Year Collin and everyone! 🙂

    • Adriaddiemom

      I completely agree!! Life changing magic is amazing! Follow the process! Find an online Facebook group for extra support & inspiration.

    • Rachel

      Agreed! Love that book.

    • Alexis

      I just bought this book on Amazon! I’m super excited, thanks for recommending.

    • gater

      I’ve never heard of this book! Just bought it for my kindle! Thanks!

    • Steph

      Yes, this book was extremely helpful to my unorganized brain… And house!

    • Kelly A.

      I just reserved this book at the library. It’s checked out right now, so it must be good!

    • Harry

      Me too! It made it so much easier to tidy up by category & saved time too!

  4. Desiree

    Meal plan! Once a week I plan what dinners we’ll be having the next week. I have an 8-week rotation of dinners we eat. Then I create my grocery list from there. It saves us so much time and money. I also like to double meals and freeze half for next time. Stock up when something you use often is on sale.

    • Suzie G.

      Any advice on meal planning programs? I’ve always intended to do it and need to get started. Any apps or advice would be appreciated:)

      • Alani

        We use a site called plan to eat. You “pin” your recipes to the site and you can create a meal plan. The site creates a shopping list for you based on the recipes in the date range you choose. It’s really helped us eat better, waste less food and save money since we don’t buy things we don’t need. Here’s my referral link in case you decide you want to try it!

    • melissa

      I also would love some meal planning tips and suggestions for apps. Getting on track with an organized weekly meal plan is my new year’s resolution!

      • Megan

        Have you tried Pepperplate? It is an app that you can either import recipes from popular websites or type in and save your own then you can automatically add them to a menu or a calendar and a shopping list. It syncs online and you can sync your app with your husband or someone else. I have been using it for years and it is a huge lifesaver!

  5. Christy

    We clean out toys and clothes often. A must is a school command center where all the paperwork, backpacks, and each child’s favorite piece of school work/art from that week is on display for 1 week.

  6. rcpratte

    One of my favorite things while raising a large family is to clean out my vehicle as soon as we pull into the driveway. Everyone old enough helps to clean out trash, groceries and whatever does not need to stay in the vehicle. The next time you go someplace your vehicle is ready. Things you need in your car should be kept in organizers of some sort.

    • Susan

      I agree with this one! I raised 5 children and nearly always had a clean car. The children only ate in the car only when absolutely necessary, and only foods that weren’t prone to make a big mess. Cars are expensive and they need not be treated like trash cans. It also helps keep car seats much cleaner. Some are downright disgusting.

    • Sara

      100% Agree!

  7. Jess

    Oh my I need this post in my life. I’m not an organized person but sure wanna be and I’m going to try my hardest this year for my family and me.

  8. Nicole

    Check out fly lady
    She has helped me a lot

  9. D

    I try to make a to do list with 3 things I want/need to get done the most. Then as long as I get those 3 things done I can feel good about it whether I do more or not. I do at least a load of laundry a day. During the weekdays I make sure the dishes are done. All appointments go into my phone calendar and doctors and school phone numbers are programmed in my phone. The thing that always gets out of control for me is paper work. J have it under control at the beginning of the year and by the end it’s just a mess!!!

  10. Beth

    When my kids were little we decorated pizza kit boxes. Each child had a box and they could keep whatever they wanted as long as it fit in the box. That way we never had school papers and other stuff hanging around. My kids learned to make their own decisions about what to keep. On Christmas Day they went through their clothes and got a bag of items to donate.

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  12. Susan

    It’s hard to get organized or get anything done if you are spending hours on FB, iPad, phone, or watching TV. These things are usually done sitting down. Being organized is a choice. Something has to give. You can’t really have it both ways. IMHO

    • Jennifer

      You are so right. I spent way too much time on Facebook in 2015. I just deleted the app from my iPhone.

      • Ellen

        Me too. No more FB, its mostly fake. A good friend found out her husband was cheating on her, then posts, my husband is my best friend. Fake!

  13. Amy

    His Grace is sufficient. Perfectionism leads to exhaustion and disillusionment. Living more simply, giving more, and spending less time on ‘screen time’ is a great way to breath in joy and notice more goodness.

    • Melissa

      His grace is sufficient! Great reminder, I think trying to take time to read scripture for us ever day will help give peace and help us stay focused on what is important. Getting rid of clutter is also a goal by donating what is reusable and recycling/throwing away what is not. 🙂

  14. thehenrydthoreau

    Glad to see Thoreuavians here. He was right in that we complicate our lives with materialism so we must “Simplify, simplify, simplify”. I like experience, not items..

  15. Dana

    Anyone have any good tips or ways to keep coupons organized? I love couponing, but can’t seem to find a good way to keep them sorted and organized. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. TIA

  16. Beth

    I keep my inserts whole and labeled by date I have a 12 pocket small accordion file(Office Depot ) and the files are numbered. I sort my coupons by types(frozen,cleaning,etc) in the front pocket I have two index cards that I list the coupons in each pocket by name value and expiration. The file will fit in my purse

  17. Lisa

    Any suggestions for keeping track of various deals and using them before they expire? I’ve been writing them all down, ones from here and then discounts offered by my credit card, but haven’t found an efficient way to keep track of them and putting the deal and expiration date on a calendar hasn’t worked. Thanks!

  18. Trutb

    I will throw my stuff all over and pick it up later like a proper animal.

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