(re)capturing the fun & wonder

Time to get organized!

The new school-year is right around the corner. That means that it’s time to get my act together and get things in order around here. My lazy days of summer are numbered. Good thing the kids cheered (yes, cheered!) when I told them school starts up again in two weeks.

I’m not naturally organized on the home-front. I take all the help I can get to keep things sane(ish). Here are a few tools that I’ll be depending on to keep thinks in order:

bbbOne of my favorite recent acquisitions is the Busy Body Book. It’s a portable family organizer with five columns so I can keep track of all the troops and my work schedule and commitments. My categories are: Work | Family | Maggie | Bjørn | Tor. I love being able to see everything side-by-side so we minimize the conflicts (or at least know about them ahead of time). I’m also happy my calendar has space for a weekly check-list as well as note-taking. I keep all my important numbers in the back of the book. The design is super-simple as well, so it doesn’t yell “Mommy!” when you carry it into a business meeting.

flyladyI’ll admit I’m a sucker for the whole FlyLady system. I have a feeling this is one of those services I’ll be a member of forever because there will always be room for improvement in the housekeeping department for me. I love systems, and check-lists, and FlyLady gives me that. If your house is a disaster, or your routine just needs a bit of fine tuning, this is definitely worth giving a try.

organizedOrganized home is new to me, but it is so full of check-lists and advice that I can tell already that I’ll find plenty to inspire and motivate me there.

Lastly, there’s the magazines. I try to keep my subscriptions to a minimum to save money and to keep down the recycling pile, so I know I’m going to have a hard time deciding which to go with. I’ve found Real Simple helpful for several years now, but (but!) now there’s a new mag in town that’s out to friend me. I think Organize Magazine is going to be my new pet. What ‘tcha think?