I don’t feel good. My throat hurts, my chest hurts, and I’m tired. Aren’t I just a little ray of sunshine this morning?
Whenever I’m not feeling good, I don’t like to drink hot coffee. Luckily, I have iced coffee k-cups on hand, because I need my coffee. I’m an addict.
Last week at Target, I found these Van’s waffle sticks:
I love Van’s regular waffles, so I figured these would be good too. I made three of them with yogurt and granola. I was originally going to make four, but I’m glad that I didn’t because I could only eat two and a half. They are pretty thick and really good.
When I’m sick, I always need orange juice, so I have been drinking a big glass of juice this morning. Hopefully, it will help me feel better. Vitamin C, baby!
I have a husband and two kids,
so three kids. And sometimes it’s hard to get places on time and keep track of where everyone needs to be. So, I thought that I would share the tips that I use to make life run smoothly and stay organized.
These are tips that work for me and my family. But they could also work for people who have no kids, or live alone, or with someone else. Anything that helps save time in life is good in my book.
1. Keep a Calendar - I have a giant dry erase calendar that hangs in the laundry room. It’s right next to the kitchen, so it’s something I look at every single day.
Each member of the family is designated a different color marker, and all their activities are written in that color. For example, my color is pink, so my work days are written in pink. My son’s color is blue, so his karate is written in that color.
That is last month’s calendar, so that you can’t stalk me. I know you want to.
2. Save important papers with dates, then toss them. - the day that I make our calendar, I gather all the kid’s school papers and calendars that have important dates that need to be written down. I use those papers to make the calendar.
Once all the important dates are written, I throw away the papers. That helps save on all the clutter.
3. Keep a personal calendar - I prefer an organizer that I can write in. Some people prefer to do it electronically, whatever works for you. My organizer has a monthly calendar and a day-to-day calendar in it.
I recently bought that pen so that I can keep my organizer color coded also. It’s a four-color pen, and as soon as Danny saw it, he said, “What are you in 8th grade?” Jerkface. I like my pen. He’s just jealous.
The four-color pen was $2 and the four pack of pens was $5. You do the math. I’m just trying to save us money so that we can buy more ice cream. Jeesh.
I use the monthly calendar in the organizer to write down important dates, just like on our giant calendar. It might seem time-consuming to do it twice, but I can carry this book with me and always see what’s going on.
I use the day-by-day part to write down daily “to-do” lists. I am very big on lists, I make a list for everything. Wake up, check. Pee, check. Brush teeth, check.
Here’s today’s list, if you want to stalk me.
If I didn’t make lists, I would lose my mind and nothing what get done and I would forget that I had kids.
4. Lay out clothes the night before - This helps to keep our mornings run smoothly. I don’t always do it because the kids are pretty good about pulling something out of their closets and getting dressed, but sometimes I do.
Even if you don’t have kids, this is a good time saver. I even lay my workout clothes out the night before. Not only does this save time, but it makes me more motivated to work out if I’m too tired
5. Always place items in the same place - I always put my purse in the same place and the kids always put their backpacks and school stuff in the same place. This makes it easier to find what you need.
6. Clean out purse and backpack asap – I always take out all of the receipts from my purse when I get home and put them away nicely. <—- Okay, that was a total lie. I never clean out my purse. It is so full of receipts and junk, it isn’t even funny. I should start doing that though….
I really do clean out my kid’s backpacks right away though. I go through all the papers in my younger son’s backpack, and save what I need to and recycle the rest.
My older son does it himself. As soon as he gets home from school, he empties his lunchbox and takes out his folder. I go through the papers and sign anything that needs to be.
7. Keep a constant schedule – this kind of goes with the above rule. Kids thrive on schedules. Well, my kids do. It makes things so much easier and faster if you have a set routine.
Our morning are always the same.
7:15-7:30 am – wake up or have mom drag you out of bed. Your choice.
7:30-7:50 – eat breakfast
7:50-8:00 – brush teeth, get dressed
8:00-8:20 – play or run around screaming and drive Mom crazy
8:20-8:35 – get ready to go. Get backpack, lunch, snack, & water bottle. Go to the bathroom, get on shoes, jacket, and hat.
8:35 – Leave house
Our morning are always the same, so they kids know exactly what to do and expect. The afternoons are a little looser, because we have activities. But my son always empties his backpack and does his homework right away.
Nighttime always has the same routine also.
Those are my tips for staying organized and sane. I would love to hear your tips for staying organized!