Thursday, August 4, 2011

Organization- part I

I am so inspired by other's organization skills! As an avid reader (ok, semi-stalker) of Erin at Blue Eyed Bride I am determined to get my house in order. I ordered my life planner and cannot wait until it gets here. After its arrival I will likely follow in her footsteps and do my own version of a home organization notebook. Until then here are a few methods I use to keep from losing my mind.

1)- MomAgenda- LOVE it!! I use the additional lines for kids for to do tasks and cleaning chores. I followed Elizabeth's suggestion and printed off a household chore list at Just Mommies. Instead of strictly following their list I outline goals in the spaces in my agenda per their suggestion. I am at a crossroads on whether I will like the Life Planner as well-I'll keep you posted.

2) Recipe Binder- I started this a while ago and it still works for me. For the complete post see here.

3) Grocery list via MomAgenda- I keep this notepad in my kitchen and try to check things I run out of as I go along. I then menu plan and add my other items to the list. Those who grocery shop without a list completely baffle me!! I have bought all ingredients to make hamburgers before without actually buying the meat! Also, I would be a complete liar if I led you to believe my menu planning is anything extensive like others do. Lately I've been attempting to cook 3 meals a week. Lame, I know; Even lamer-last week it was 2.

4) File Folders & Binders- I am the worst at reading things in magazines and wanting to try them then forgetting where I read what. Now, when see a new nail polish I want to try, a party idea, or a home decor idea I tear it out and put it in a file folder. My goal is for it eventually to be written in my mom agenda or make it to my big home idea folder. For some things I'm perfectly content with them sitting in my folder.

These are just a few methods I use. I am planning a bit of an organizational makeover and will let you know how that goes. I am a firm believer if you write things down they are much more likely to get accomplished. That being said I do not grieve if they do not-they just get written down again ;)

I'm in awe of all the bloggers out there that soooo have their act together. Thanks to Erin and others for the wonderful tips!

How do you stay organized?


  1. I am the worst with keeping paper calendars and organizers. I bought a planner in January but havent touched it in months. I even lost it for a while. (oh the irony.). I use my Outloom calendar to keep my appointments and my iPad to keep my to do list, weekly menus and grocery lists. I have a binder with all the recipes I keep and use filesnto organize everything else. It's not super organized but neither am I so it works okay for me.

    I've heard people talk about these life planners but don't really knowhow they work. Let me know how you like it.

  2. One of these days I'm going to follow your lead and click all these links - I've bookmarked this post and will get back to it when I'm a little less pregnant and probably when this baby has his first birthday ;)

  3. Im working on a home organization binder using the tips of Blue eyed Bride right now!

  4. Great blog


  5. I ordered my life planner as well. I can not wait for it to get here. I am in the process of putting together my home organization binder! Right now I use a MomAgenda planner but I am looking forward to switching it up and giving Erin Condren a try.

  6. I'm expecting a review on this planner next month:) I seriously thought about ordering it....afraid I won't use it though!

  7. Thanks for the inspiration! I am starting to get mine together soon and I'm visiting everyone's link from blue eyed bride! Great blog! Happy Organizing! :) ~Bri~

  8. I just ordered my LP. I think it may change my life!!! I can't wait to get it! Thanks so much for this info!

  9. I LOVED my LP last year & I had the MomsAgenda in the past. I too, used it for my schedule, Adam's schedule, to-dos, chore lists, ect but I have found that LP works so much better for me! Let me know how you like it! I'm going to start working on my home organization notebook this week! :)