I am taking this week off to organize my blog, my house and my goals for 2018. I was not a believer in setting goals and being intentional about my plans for the day, week, month and year but I quickly realized that I was not achieving what I wanted too without a plan. So, this week I am setting goals for myself and especially this blog. I have been so incredibly lucky to have such a great start to the blog but I want to make it even more successful in 2018. I will be back next week and share what I have been doing while I was getting organized for 2018.
A few things to help you start off on your organization journey for 2018.
Get a Planner – Digital or Paper
This is so so important. You need a place to stay organized, jot your “to dos”, and plan your day, week and month. I personally am a fan of paper planners and am so excited to get my FIRST Erin Condren 2018 Hardbound LifePlanner- Painted Petals, 8×10 planner in the mail next week. Thank you for my Christmas present sis. Oh, the organization that is going to happen when that planner arrives!! Erin Condren lovers do you have any tips to maximize your planning? I want to use my planner to its full potential.
If you are not a paper person and are digital, there are all kinds of apps that can keep you organized. I have read great things about EverNote and all its capabilities. I do not know much about digital organization but there are a ton of Pinterest pins out there if you are more techy than me. Digital mamas, what apps are you using?
Have a Nightly Routine
I know you are tired. I know the last thing you want to do is organize after you get the circus to bed, but trust me that 15 minutes is worth it. You will feel better going to bed knowing things are put away and your mornings will go so much smoother. I spend 15-20 minutes getting the coffee pot ready, looking at my calendar for the next day, mentally preparing my day and setting out everyone’s clothes. Read more about why prepping at night makes the mornings easier here. Trust me, its worth it, I have been quoting organization since 2014!
Baskets, All the Baskets
Baskets are cheap, portable and hold just about anything. I use these to organize toys, crayons, markers, blankets, magazines and books. You can use baskets in the living room, the playroom and your kids room. We have about 5 baskets in the living room all with different purposes. Every single basket was purchased for less than $30 at HomeGoods, Target or Hobby Lobby. I cannot get enough baskets. In my spare bedroom, I have a ton of baskets. When I need one, I go basket shopping. It is wonderful! I randomly switch my baskets around to mix it up when I get bored of looking at the same ones.
Here are some of my favorite baskets –
I hope you are inspired to start 2018 off with a plan, goals and maybe a basket or two! I cannot wait to share some of my blog goals next week. Happy New Year!