I promised you all a post on how to get organized for 2018, so here it is! My overall goal for 2018 is simplifying just about everything in my life (thank you Emily Ley)! 2018 will be the year that organize my life in a way that allows me to be fully present at all times. Whether it’s working from home, the hospital, playing with my kids or even folding the laundry. I want to devote myself fully to each thing that I am doing without always worrying about the next task that I need to accomplish. 2017 was amazing but I was also overwhelmed with a lot of things within my life. By de-cluttering my home AND my brain, I am just a few steps towards my overall goal for this new year.
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How to Get Organized in 2018
It took me a few years to find out which planner I really loved the most and hands down, it’s this Emily Ley planner. What do I love the most? It’s simplicity and the fact that there is so much space for each individual day. It also makes meal planning so easy! Meal planning is something that I am focusing on in 2018. I need to fully commit to using every single item on that grocery list and vow to never throw away any other food because it went “bad” (something I am famous for around here). I am someone who thrives on organization and writing everything down so having a planner that I can count on is a huge must.
I need to be able to see THE BIG PICTURE every morning. I even have each day color coded so that I know exactly what is happening and when it’s happening. With three kids, it’s so hard to keep on track of everything and this is honestly the only way that works for me. This beautiful dry erase board calendar is from Girl Friday Home, who was kind enough to gift it to me so I could get my ass in gear. It’s been a LIFESAVER for me.
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**see a better view of it in my Instagram stories today!
3.) Sunday Meal Planning
This will be my millionth attempt at meal planning but I am vowing to stick to it this time. This means that I meal plan on Sundays and make those exact meals for the week and stick to it. NO more wasting any food and rushing last minute because I have nothing planned – I need to be more organized with our meals. If you want me to, I can certainly go through the meal planning process each week with you all! Start out by making a list of your favorite recipes as a family and then each week figure out which ones you want to make depending on what that particular week looks like.
4.) Devoting time to exercise every week
I will be a heck of a lot more organized and emotionally and physically healthier if I devote a time to get to the gym three days a week. For me, I’ve never been able to work out “at home” very easily and I just need time away from the house. Our home is where a lot of the work resides – whether it be laundry, cooking, motherhood, etc. I need time for myself away from it all so that I can relieve any stress buildup and this is why I choose to exercise at a gym rather than at home.
At the beginning of each week, I write down which days and the times I will be making it to the gym. It’s easier to hold myself accountable that way!
5.) Laundry & Cleaning Tips
My friend Karla told me that she does one small load of wash every day. It makes it so much easier than waiting for it to all pile up after a week. As soon as I wake up, I throw a load in and after I drop the kids to school, it goes into the dryer and then I fold it throughout the rest of the day and put it away. It makes laundry a lot less daunting.
That laundry cart is the BEST investment ever. I use it on a daily basis for laundry but also for other things as well. It’s amazing!
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Every night before bed I pick up. It doesn’t need to be a full clean, but I just pick up miscellaneous things. Emily Ley (in her book above) suggested grabbing a laundry basket and putting everything from around the house in it that needed to be put away. Put it on the dining table and put everything where it needs to go and take out all the trash. This way, you start out with a fresh slate every morning when you wake up.
The one last thing that I have always done that makes me feel more put together and organized is making our bed in the morning when we wake up. It’s the first thing I do and it allows me to pull myself together even if I only had a few hours of sleep!