Happy November 1st!
Can you believe we are saying that?! This fall is just FLYING by at record speed - it's so insane. I feel like I keep our schedule pretty jam-packed so the days and weeks seem to escape us! Ugh! Anyway, speaking of schedules...today's post is all about ORGANIZATION! As a wife + mama, life can get a little hectic sometimes and even though I like to think I can "do it all" or remember every single thing on my to-do list, I've come to the realization that that's just not feasible. Between the prepping of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, planning activities for Lo, attending classes with her, squeezing in some exercise, cleaning the house (over and over again), making time for the hubby, etc. it can be slightly overwhelming.
I consider myself "type A" and just the thought of getting organized in any facet of my life excites me. Luckily, most of my mommy friends I've met here and see on an almost daily basis are also pinterest-lovers, planners, and organizers; they inspire me :) It's actually through one of them that I discovered the AMAZING-NESS that is Erin Condren and her Life Planner. It's basically the planner of my DREAMS and if you're looking for the ultimate way to stay organized (and make it fun!) than you need one too! You're able to customize the look and layout that you want, complete with the color scheme, coil color (mine is rose gold), and cover design. What I got REALLY jazzed up about were all the little "extras" that you can use to maximize your planner. Color-coded stickers (swoon!), colorful pens, magnetic page markers, a leather clutch to hold it all, and SO much more! (You can see my clutch here!)I also just want to mention for any mama's expecting a baby or know someone who is - this Baby Tracker is another petite planner that you can stick in your purse so you don't miss recording any of the special moments! Use it to log feedings, nap times, or write down notes as you journey through motherhood!
When it comes to staying organized, there are some things that you can prep/plan ahead of time to make life easier! Trust me, I'm all about life-hacks and ways to simplify, so here are 5 ways to be a more organized mama:
1. Invest in a planner that you love. This is the first order of business! I find it quite relaxing and FUN to fill out my planner ... especially one as beautiful as Erin's. I mean, don't get me wrong, hers are SO pretty that at first I was a little nervous to actually write in it but once I got on a roll with the stickers and markers, I couldn't put it down!
2. Meal Prep. Sounds like a real drag (and it is) but it can be made easier if you do it ahead of time! I like to prep dinner in the morning or during nap time. I use my crock pot A LOT for "set it and forget it" type meals too. Weekly meal planning on Sundays is what I'm currently trying to be better at! Erin Condren actually makes a petite meal planner for just $12 that's portable and compact! You can plan meals weekly, make your grocery lists, and even plan larger dinner parties in it!
3.Plan your playdates, at-home activities, and make your weekly to-do lists the week before. I really like to pencil in our playdates for the week on Sundays, at least Monday-Wednesday. It's nice to have things to look forward to heading into a brand new week. I also find that I'm more motivated to DO the activities with London if they're planned in advance. They don't have to be anything crazy. This week we started focusing on one letter of the alphabet, 'B' and are doing activities centered around that (Painting a giant 'B', using the 'B' stencil with play dough, etc.)
4. Control the clutter. A messy house = a disorganized mind...at least for me anyway. Sometimes I literally feel like I can't think straight if my house is an eye sore. I keep quite a few toys in the basement and rotate them bi-weekly so they're fresh to London, but not ALL upstairs at once because CLUTTER. I also use clear bins for her art supplies and have a shelf for markers, crayons, pompoms, popsicle sticks, a.k.a. anything I don't want dumped out on the regular. It's always a good idea to have your kids participate in "clean up" before bedtimes too!
5. Be able to say "no." This is a good one to remember, so you don't over-schedule! Sometimes, when you get too much in the books you end up feeling stressed out trying to check every single box on your to-do list. Go through and write the "absolute" events first ... then fill in the extras as you go!
I'm hosting a giveaway on my Instagram today for a chance to win $75 to shop Erin Condren's products! Head there to enter!
What are some other things do you do to help you stay organized?
This post was sponsored by Erin Condren. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.