I always get a bug to clean and organize once the kids go back to school. Here are some of the items we couldn’t do without to keep us on track and organized.
I must have a calendar with everything where I can see it. I use my phone and computer calendars, but there is nothing like having it written down in my opinion. I love this one because it has lines for each family member and gives you a lot more space than other calendars. It’s also a 17 month calendar which I love!
I have always loved these. This is my very favorite organizational item. They are stackable and durable. I have a tower of 3 in each of my kids’ closets. I’ve never wanted regular drawers with boys in the house because I feel like they break easier. The plastic drawers are much better. LOVE!
Mind Organization for Moms from Powerofmoms.com (afflilate link)
I went to a Power of Moms retreat in the spring and one of the things I LOVED learning more about was this amazing organization program presented by April Perry, one of the founders of Powerof Moms.com. It’s called Mind Organization for Moms and it is a system to get your brain and life organized in a very doable way. I bought the program knowing I needed help because I was going crazy with piles of paper and projects and kids stuff and things I wanted to accomplish, on and on….and I’m in the process of working through it. And I can tell already it’s making a big difference to me! Anyway, I totally recommend it.
I like to use magazine files as bins to sort various items in my kitchen desk. I actually bought really cute cardboard ones from the Target Dollar Spot that are working really well, and IKEA has some inexpensive ones too. I have about 10 or so of them in the cupboard above the little desk in my kitchen and they each house papers and items in different categories. I have a family one, a Crafting Chicks one, a recipe one, and a church one, to name a few. (This is part of my set-up for the Mind Organization for Moms program I mentioned above)
We have our calendar hanging off the kitchen in a high traffic area. Brooke’s idea of using washi tape has worked wonders in keeping us all in the know of what is happening and where we need to be.