Being organized can make life much easier, but who has time to get organized when you already have so much going on. Here are a few things you can do to be more organized right now.
1. Lay out tomorrow’s outfit tonight.
You probably spend a few minutes each morning staring at the closet, trying to decide what to wear. If choosing an outfit takes a while, it can get your day off on the wrong foot and behind schedule. Reclaim that time by picking out your clothing the night before. It’s a great feeling to pop out of bed and find your outfit ready to go.
2. Update the calendar.
Make sure to update your family calendar once a week. This is especially crucial in the beginning of the year when everyone is getting back into the swing of a daily schedule. It only takes a few minutes to confirm that every appointment is scheduled and properly recorded. And ask household members to double check your work and make sure their activities and appointments are on the calendar.
3. Plan the week’s menu.
“What are we going to have for dinner?” is a question every family loathes. Some would rather go hungry than to have to answer that question at the end of the day. But if you plan your meals a week at a time, you will know exactly what to buy at the store and can mentally prepare, and maybe even look forward to that night’s fare. If you are tired of the same old stuff, Pinterest is a great place to find some fresh ideas.
4. Keep a spiral and pen handy.
Use a small notebook to keep track of things-to-do. Use the pocket clip on a pen to clip it to the notebook, and then you’ll have everything you need. Keep your notebook where you can always find it so you can jot down reminders, notes from telephone conversations and tasks that need completing.
5. Round up extra batteries.
Instead of searching your home for wayward batteries whenever you need them, put together a package of each type — AA, AAA, and so on — in an obvious place. Taking them out of the packaging and storing them in clear containers will help you see what you have when a need arises.
6. End the missing sock nightmare.
There are four people in my house. Each person has their own unique type of sock. The only socks they wear are their own, so sorting is a dream. They all go into a basket and they all match each other. Each family member simply plucks two socks out and puts them on.
7. Tidy your work area.
Having a cluttered workspace can adversely affect your workday. Take 10 minutes to tidy your desk and you’ll feel better. You might even feel more productive.
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Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.