First off let’s start this by being honest- when it comes to paperwork, I’m so not organized it hurts. Tax time is something I run from because that means I have to dive into a pile of paperwork that’s been sitting in my office/car/everywhere else for the past year. Yeah. Scary stuff. So, while we work on a few projects to share coming up (I need some light this weekend to take some decent pictures!) I though I’d share a few things that help me stay organized and miss minimal appointments and minimal meals (who am I kidding- I never miss meals, but at least I know what to make!).
My whole life I’ve loved to fill up my schedule and be busy 100% of the time (except for my standing Friday night appointment with my couch and a glass or two of wine) and it’s been fine, because I just had me to worry about. Now, I have a full time job, this little blog, a new business adventure coming up, and my usual go-to dinner of veggies or snacking on whatever’s in my pantry may fill me up, but not M, so organization is more important than it’s ever been.
Here are a few things that I use daily and am obsessed with, and why they work fabulously.
1. My planner. I’ve tried multiple types and even electronic versions, but for me, good ol’ pen and paper work the best. This particular one is the actual one I’m using right now (it was a Paper Sugar version for Target that’s not available online anymore) and I love it because it has both a monthly view and a weekly view. The weeks also include a full page notes section, perfect for managing my day job. The monthly calendar I use for personal and Sypsie planning. It works best for me to keep them separate, so this planner does the job of two. I’d love a command center with a huge calendar at home eventually, but for right now it’s easier for me to have something I can fit in my bag like this.
2. A plastic file bin. This exact one is from Office Max, but there are so many fun options out there. This is for the times when you feel like going through all of your paperwork. About once every 6 months I go through everything and actually file it away. This keeps everything safe and is much easier to move than any type of filing furniture. This baby has been with me since college, and since I’ve been moving so often, it’s nice to be able to have a compacted filing system.
3. A basket or “moving junk drawer”. This basket is from Target, but I’m currently using an old plastic one (I’d love to upgrade to this one though!). This is where all of my papers go as I get them. Mail, forms, any important bills or receipts, they all go in here. Then, when I do my bi-yearly filing, these all get put into the plastic filing bin. In an ideal world I’d file as the papers came in, but I’m not a paperwork fan, so this method has been working for me for years. If you’re like me, this bin at least keeps everything in one spot, so you’re not looking in 10 places for that one dang receipt.
4. This daily What to EAT pad has been amazing lately. M and I will go through the upcoming week every weekend and plan out where we will be, what food will work with that schedule, and what days we can cheat and go out to eat. This makes grocery shopping MUCH easier (I go about once a week) and means we’re both on the same page (buh-dum-ch). I’m very much an eat-in person, and he likes the convenience of grabbing a quick bite out, so this eliminates most of the “what do you want to do for dinner tonight?” conversations. I’m also a terrible decision maker so this method causes less decision-induced-stress : ) Plus there’s a magnet on the back for easy refrigerator-displaying.
Using those four methods/products have made my life so much easier and more organized on the day-to-day level, but I realize that they’re lacking any big system to help M and I remember events or appointments that are not in the next week. The chicken wire message board has been doing the trick for us lately, and any invite or important info gets clipped up there. Any paperwork that’s blog or business related has it’s own separate binder, so that personal and work do not intermix. This has been much easier to maintain as there’s not nearly as much paperwork, but I’m excited to come up with another system down the road.
For now- here’s my go-to’s to keep my day-to-day self sane, especially with all of the fun summer events coming up. How do you stay organized? Are you better or worse than I am at keeping paperwork filed? I’m imagining most everyone is better at it, but I had to ask : ) If you’ve got a genius way to incorporate a filing system in a very small space (my problem) then I’d love to hear it!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
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