I am a Professional Organizer. I know what to do. For the most part I can have my stuff together, and if there is one thing I have learned is that you need to be organized with kids. I love calendars and planners. Office stationery is one of my weaknesses, pretty paper and nice pens can make me smile. But you do not need all that fancy stuff to get started. First off if you want to have a great day is that you need to be organized the night before. I know you are probably saying but I’m tired, I have worked all day, I just want to relax with a glass of vino, I get that and have done it myself. For great success having things done the night before will eliminate all chaos the next morning. Take 15 minutes each night and do the following:
- Pick out your clothing the night before (check the weather forecast first)
- Start preparing lunches and place in bag on counter
- Sign any forms that come home from school
- Use a calendar or planner to write important info down such as birthday invites or playdates
- Make a list of groceries that may be needed on the way home after work or school
- Check to see if you have any appointments coming up
- Talk with your spouse and plan for pick ups, especially if you have children involved in sports
- What is on the menu for dinner? Having a menu plan with help with using food you already have in the freezer or cupboard and eliminate duplicates. I use my crock pot and Instant Pot for easy meals during the week when we are busy with meetings and hockey.
- This is one of the most important changes I have made this past year, have an empty sink before bed and clean counters. A great book called Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley also known as the FlyLady is such a great resource to have. When you wake up everyday walking into your kitchen, it will make you smile knowing that you have no dirty dishes!
I hope that some of these tips will help you have a successful start to the day!
Until next time,