Are you one of those
Now I'm going to contradict everything I just said in paragraph one. I didn't exactly make New Years resolutions, but . . . I have made many to-do lists for the spring. These are things that have been nagging at me or are just things that I can (and probably should, but I'm not going to go shoulding all over myself) do now that I'm not teaching, the kids are back in school, and the husband is back at work. In order to NOT LOSE MY MIND looking at lists I've scribbled on envelopes and old homework assignments (which I have done because I just found a pile of them under the printer when I cleaned my desk over the holiday break), I have purchased a few items. If you are interested in organizing your house, papers, brain, you might find these tools helpful. You may also think that Mama has gotten sucked in by the vast consumer monster. Either way, here's what I bought:
A Blank Notebook
This is where I write my daily to-do lists. Once I cross everything off the list, I tear out the page (but I write on backs because I'm all eco-centric). If I haven't crossed off everything, the remaining items go on the next list. I also am using this notebook to gather my writing ideas (I write a column called "Mama Likes" for The Paper. Check it!) as well as longer-term to-do items, but ultimately, I don't want to jam up the pages because then I will find it overwhelming to look at and won't use it. Blank notebooks are a cheap fix for the chronically disorganized. I pay a little extra for pretty notebooks with spiral binding and lined pages because - Cybil Sheppard once said (and I'm dating myself) - I'm freakin' worth it.
Mommy Desk Planner
|You can find the awesome at amazon.com or most any bookstore or calendar kiosk|
It's hokey, but it works. I love me some Sandra Boyton "Mom's Family Desk Planner." In fact, I've blogged about this love before. You don't have to buy Boyton's farmyard animal planner, but for me it makes the slog of keeping appointments and getting to lessons on the correct date just a little more festive. Each week is divided into a Mom column and a Family column, to keep tasks separate and organized. Plus, the calendar has cutesy (and often funny) illustrations and STICKERS to add to your events. No, I don't need a sticker of a chicken wearing a birthday party hat to remember my daughter's birthday. Wait, cancel that. I actually do. Look at it!
|Don't even try to say that isn't adorable|
An Organizational Book
|I don't think you can actually look inside, but if you go to amazon.com you can|
I also discovered an e-book that might interest you if you're hoping to do some organizing overhauls on your house/schedule/papers/life (also via Pinterest, from whence all good things now come):
Project Organize Your Entire Life
This is the brainchild of the lovelies over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. I'll be honest, I haven't read the fine print yet, but it looks promising and the e-book is a cheap $6.99, so I plan to investigate. If you get to it first, please let me know what you think.
|Doesn't that sound promising?|
I will leave you with what I'm up against
|My big girl, Lucy, showing off her muddy paw prints on the newly vacuumed rug|