Time to Get Organized

organizedIt’s that time of year.

For many of you who have shared “first day of school” photos on Facebook, I can see that the routines have already begun. For most folks I know, we are in the last weeks of summer and the routines begin anew after Labor Day. Whichever camp you’re in, it’s time to take stock of how things are working and make adjustments where necessary.

Whether you’re ordering new backpacks or just excited for the next season, this time of year brings opportunities to get organized. Here are a few things I’m focusing on this month.2016-planner-download-printable-5-e1453353360629Evaluate and update your calendar/planner system:

I have bounced back and forth b/w keeping a paper calendar and a digital one. I’ve finally broken down and decided I need to do both. The paper one so I can really see what’s coming (helpful in planning ahead) and digital so I will always have my schedule with me (ideal for when making appointments).

Go ahead and put down all the dates that you know are set. Birthdays, back to school night, vacations, monthly meetings. You think you’ll remember, but I find I forget if it’s not on my calendar.NotePads-pink-web-v2-banner_1024x1024Conquer the “what’s for dinner” dilemna:

Inspired by Jenny Steffens Hobick and her detailed dinner list, I’m creating one of my own. I’m going through all my favorite cookbooks (which mainly means Ina Garten) and writing down all the recipes I know our family likes or would like, by category. Then, I’ll ask my family to weigh in each Sunday, so I can plan ahead and not rely on the same 5 things we normally have in rotation. Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 8.22.50 PM Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 8.23.00 PMUpdate the holiday card list:

Ok…I know it’s still summer, but this is one of those things that really sneaks up on you. Last year, I used Minted’s address assistant and though it took some time on the front end, it was such a relief to have it done when I ordered my cards and have Minted address them. I kept the envelopes of friends who moved and just updated those. So, now it’s done. Of course, I haven’t even begun thinking about a photo for our card, but at least the tedious part is complete.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.15.47 PMSo, that’s where I’m starting. I made the trek to Staples today for school supplies and am still slugging through my to-do list, but I think if you get a jump on just a few things, it will leave more time for the fun stuff this Fall. In the meantime, back to your summer books, beach days and al fresco dinners.

What do you do to get ready for a new season?

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images: day designer, sugar paper, the sarah johnson, minted, jenny steffens hobick

Back to School Organization for YOU

Hooray….it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school!! Don’t get me wrong…I L-O-V-E Summer. The lazy days. The warmth. Time outside. But, at some point, it’s time to get back to business and that means getting my boys back to school and all of us into a routine. 

In addition to getting my boys’ their school supplies, I’ve decided it’s time to refresh my own desk and get a little more organized. Back to School is more of an attitude than an actual event to me. 

First off, loving these brand new stationery sets by Jennifer Vallez for Sugar Paper. They are just begging to be written on and sent in the mail. 

Additionally, the sweet folks at Sugar Paper just created their own line of brass desk accessories. Like bling for your workspace.

One of my favorite bloggers turned entrepreneur is Meg Biram. She has dedicated herself to the field of organization and productivity and has developed her own line of GSD (Get Stuff* Done) tools. *That’s how this nice Southern gal says it.

This simple little post it pad forces you to pick your Top 3 most important things to do today. Love that. Narrow it down and GET IT DONE!
For those of you lucky enough to have a few more weeks of Summer….just circle back to this when you’re ready to focus, but for those of you who have kids starting school today…enjoy! 

You might get a few more things done today!


images: Waiting on Martha (pennant available there), Rustic White for Waiting on Martha, Meg Biram, Sugar Paper

Wednesday Whimsy – Back to School

Back to School!! It’s time for me to start rounding up school supplies for my boys. Since I’m the Organizer-in-Chief, I thought I’d freshen up my supplies, too.

How fun and colorful are these pens and notepads from Erin Condren?! I keep most things on my ical, but sometimes you just have to write things down so you can enjoy the physical act of crossing them off! And, colored ink just makes it easier to color code everyone in the family.

Many more options and styles…you can even personalize a greeting beyond just your name. Also makes a great gift idea!

So whether you’re going back to school, sending someone off to school or just like to keep things organized….keep it colorful and fun!