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This week, it’s all about organizational tips and tricks. I’d like to think that many people consider me an organized individual. But, that’s because they don’t see my dining room. I’m a pile-maker. And it just so happens that those piles typically accumulate on my dining room table and on top of my dresser. It drives Craig insane. In my defense, I can typically find what I’m looking for within just a couple minutes.
That being said, there are a few things that I am a little bit OCD about. One of those is schedule/calendar. I am a prompt individual. Perhaps my biggest pet peeve (outside of listening to someone with the hiccups), is being late. And yes, thus far, I’ve remained prompt despite the fact I have a tiny human to prepare for my outings. I don’t doubt that there will be a time that Eddie helps to make me late, but I’ll show up, apologizing profusely, mortified that I’m a mere 5 minutes late. Seriously.
So, how do I keep my calendar organized? First and foremost, my iPhone calendar is used to the max. It’s synced with my Google calendar. That’s important because if I’m on the phone making an appointment, I obviously can’t be looking at my iPhone calendar. But, if I’m out and about I don’t want to be that person hauling out a laptop to make a dentist appointment. It’s vital that they talk to each other. I attempted to make a “family” Google calendar last year, but Craig has so much to keep track of at work, that checking one more calendar or attempting to easily differentiate which appointments he was “needed” for, proved to stress him out. So, instead I do this:
In January 2013, I printed this calendar from iHeart Organizing and framed it up. I bought a dry erase marker and never looked back.
Every Saturday, I update it for the following week. I include appointments, plans with friends, my work schedule, and dinner plans. It’s super easy to change up each week and I love the happy, bright colors.
I love the quote at the top, too. How true is that? “He who gains time, gains everything.” You can’t add hours to a day (darn it!), but there are things you can do in order to maximize your time. Being organized certainly helps do that!
I hang the framed calendar in our kitchen where Craig and I walk by it multiple times a day. Craig never has to ask what’s for dinner. He never has to ask what our plans are. Well, if I’m honest, he still does, but he wouldn’t have to. hahahaha
Another benefit of using this calendar is that it forces me to meal plan. When I’m working, my hours are different every day. I don’t love it. But, it is what it is. By meal planning and “posting” the menu and my hours, Craig knows when to expect me home and if there is anything he can do to help me with dinner.
There are other aspects of my organization tactics that don’t revolve around pile making, but perhaps I’ll save them for another day.
What are some of your top organizing tips and tricks?