Day 31: I Really Feel More “Together”

First of all:

 

Second of all: I DID IT!  I made it through my first 31 days series!  Thank you so much to The Nester for encouraging all of us who participated and for giving us all this wonderful opportunity!

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I have to say, I truly do feel more together.  I feel organized and tidy.  I know that it won’t always be like that.  Things may fall out of line (or out of a closet) on occasion.  But I have the right tools in place.  My pantry really is more organized.  I can actually find stuff in my closets.  I haven’t forgotten an appointment all month!

So, in honor of the 31 Day to Getting it Together, I would like to recap my Keys to Getting it Together or what I have learned.

1. Do Not Procrastinate! Don’t leave the dirty dishes in the sink overnight, just get it done before bed.  Don’t say you’ll get to the laundry tomorrow, it WILL multiply in 24 hours!  Muster the energy and just get it done.  It really helps!

2.  Just Do It!  Don’t think about it, just do it.  Plan and execute.  If your plan doesn’t go perfectly the first time, you can try again but at least you have a starting point.  And you can do it.  All of my tasks are quite manageable.  They seem large at first but they really are doable.

3.  The Law of Physics Applies!  You know the one, “an object in motion shall remain in motion….”  Once you get started, it’s much easier to keep going.  You pick up momentum and it becomes enjoyable because you are accomplishing something.  Yes, I just went all Big Bang Theory on you.  Sorry.

4.  Look The Part – get up, get dressed, look your best!  It helps you to feel motivated and confident and ready to tackle any challenge.

5.  Have A Plan (but know that plans get broken) – It is always easier to tackle a challenge when you have a plan.  But sometimes the best laid plans need to be changed.  We learn from our mistakes and set-backs (hopefully).  And they help us make better plans in the future.

6.  Embrace the Chaos – the house doesn’t stay messy forever.  Your children are only young once.  You only have one life, and if it is crazy then it is full.  Enjoy it all.

7.  Get Plenty of Sleep – When you are tired,  you can’t get anything done.  When the whole family is tired, it’s a disaster!  Things are left undone, everyone is cranky, important events are forgotten.  Seriously, sleep is sooooo important!

8.  Enlist the Entire Family – Chore charts are back!  The kids have to chip in.  When the spouse looks at you and asks why the house is a disaster, hand him a list of stuff to do that will help.  If even one person isn’t on board with keeping it together, the whole thing will fall apart.

9. There will always be more – There will always be more to clean, purge, organize.  And if you are like me, you will look forward to it. 

10.  Be Proud! – You have accomplished a lot!  Take a look around and give yourself a pat on the back once in a while.  It all got done!

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Day 21: Use What You’ve Got

This 31 day series on Getting It Together has really opened my eyes.  I can finally see what systems are working in my house (pantry organization, for example) and what isn’t working (keeping my desk clean).  What I have found is that I’m not using what I’ve got. 

For example, the family drop zone was not getting used.  I created it specifically to contain school and household related clutter.  No so much.  We weren’t using it like we should.  The mail was piling up in the baskets and the dry erase calendar was erased.

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So I finally put it to use.

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The family menu, on the side of the fridge was also erased.

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Not any more.

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I have been wondering why, oh why, can’t I get everything done that I need to while the kids are at school.  And if I do, why is it undone by 3:45 pm.  Of course!  The little critters aren’t cleaning up after themselves!    I wasn’t using their chore charts.

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Now I am.  They will need to be retrained on the whole chore thing, but eventually it will work! (fingers crossed!)

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I still have lots of baskets lying around that could be used for other purposes.  I have bags that can go to Goodwill.  And I have closets that need organizing.  In 10 more days.  Do you think I can do it?

Day 5: The Planner

We have a very busy schedule.  Our family consists of 2 children, mom, dad, 1 dog, 2 cats and 1 fish.  Prince Charming travels for his job.  Both kids are athletic and outgoing.  The dog has waaay too much energy without a daily run.  I chose to give up my career and stay at home so that I could be involved at school, and cook, and clean, and decorate.  Unfortunately, all of this creates the perfect storm for the family calendar.  I constantly feel like a wreck – am I forgetting something?  Do I have everything?  And I always feel like I’m in a rush.  And a drill sergeant herding cats. 

Funny Family Ecard: No matter how much you love your children, sometimes you need a break to collect yourself.

I forget things frequently.  I have missed haircuts, dentist appointments and almost a ballet recital.  We have been late for practices and rehearsals.  I struggle with keeping a calendar.  You can’t always rely on Microsoft Outlook because you can’t stuff your computer in your purse.  And you can’t always rely on your phone because, if you’re like me, every time Apple releases an update (which is like every week!) your phone doesn’t work right for a month!  Paper and pencil planners are soooo out.  Or are they?  So here is what I decided to do.  I use it all!

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I use my phone to input quick items – doctors appointments while I’m at the checkout desk, playdates after I hang up the phone with the other mom, etc.  My Outlook calendar is for big deal stuff – days off from school, big school events, birthdays, kids sports and lessons, trips, etc. 

I have decided to add to my repertoire of calendars.  I have created my own paper planner!  And it only cost about 6 bucks!  They are back in style, I have heard.

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In this I write down what is important.  Where I have to be and when.  I also have other tabs to help me stay organized.  There is a menu planning tab, blog planning tab, and project planning tab.  Also a weekly and monthly at a glance, daily to do list, a note pad and a pouch for keeping coupons. 

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I have chosen a really cute 3 ring binder to house my planner.  No need to pay $50 for some pretty planner that doesn’t have the exact tabs you want.  I chose the binder with the tabs that I wanted.  And everything I needed I found as a free printable on Pinterest.  Awesome!

I write everything in there in pencil because plans change.  But I have it all in one place.  Hopefully this will help tame the chaos.  I just want to get it together.  That’s what this 31 Days is all about for me!