Saturday, September 8, 2012

Let's Talk about Organization....NOT

It's no secret that I am not the most organized person, but oh, oh, how I want to be.  I spend a lot of time (and some money, too) making plans and coming up with ways to organize my home.

For example, last December I purchased a yearly planner.

It was cheap.  After all, I know myself well.

I had good intentions.

Yep, I took this photo today.

It's September and the planner is still brand new and unused.

I wonder...if I actually spent good money on a really nice planner, would that help???


A friend of mine recently blogged about her planner and I was so inspired!  She prints out her favorite photos at the end of each month and scrapbooks right in her planner.

How awesome is that?

She covers her daily 'to-do' pages with colored card stock and journals her photos.  She has her monthly calendar notes and her photos for every month all in one place.

I just love that!

I may have failed the planner test, but I do keep a wall calendar in the kitchen.  This calendar is command central for all of the family appointments and extracurricular activities.  When you have several kids with medical issues/specialist appointments and after-school activities, a calendar really is a must.

Hey....I'm starting to sound a little organized!  Maybe all is not lost....

A few months ago, I decided to make myself a chore box.  I split all of my chores into daily, weekly, and monthly categories.  I even made a section for my boys.  Heh.  THAT makes me chuckle.

One of these days, I'm thinking I'll open the box and put those chore cards to good use!

Before you begin to feel really sorry for my bunch of messy pack rats  family, let me show you what I have done in my little boys' room.

I recently de-cluttered their room and organized their things.  Here is a quick peek at one of their shelves...

I have bins for action figures, Lego's, Potato Heads, toy cars, DVDs, video games, and art supplies.  They have hooks for their backpacks and a locker for their soccer equipment.

They even have a nightly schedule:

This has really helped them keep their bedroom neat and clean.

Oh and another area of the house I keep pretty organized is the laundry room.  I usually wash every day and I have bins for each family member.

I keep a plastic dishpan filled with cleaning supplies and baby blankets (they make the BEST mirror cleaners!) in each bathroom vanity cabinet.  This keeps me from putting off the dreaded worst chore of all time---cleaning the boys' bathroom.  Ick.

There's hope for me.  I just know it!  I want to have an organized home and someday....someday....

I will.

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