The other day I was thinking, “If I had to choose my ‘one word’ for 2017 it would be ‘organize.’” The idea of organizing is obviously not anything new or exciting, but for THIS GIRL–the one who doesn’t make lists, doesn’t stick to a calendar, doesn’t organize anything ever–well, friends, it looks like we’re in new territory.
I think that after two years of upheaval (quitting jobs, selling a house, getting rid of our stuff, leaving Florida, traveling for almost two months, moving into an apartment, starting a new chapter, buying a new house, job hunting, moving in) even this most unorganiz-y gal is feeling the pull to get everything IN ORDER. Not to mention that with each new baby (and as the kids get older) getting more organized is just survival.
So, in case there’s other non-listmaker fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants folks out there who are suddenly struck with the necessity of organizing life, here’s what I’ve been doing that’s working for me.
This beauty is my monthly calendar that’s on my bedroom wall. I just ordered some chalk markers and went to town. I love the way it looks (but I will say that it didn’t stick up on the wall very well, I had to secure it with thumb tacks because it kept falling down). It’s great for looking ahead to big happenings, saints days, and weekly obligations. And I jot down a blog and essential oils to-do list on the right side.
And then I give you…….the meal planning calendar! Ta da! This one’s in the kitchen and I write down any meal ideas as well as ingredients we need to buy, household chores that need to happen, and various weekly obligations I don’t want to forget. Why have I never done this before?!
Well, well, well, what have we here! It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten excited about a planner. But my friend Nancy of Do Small Things With Love sent me this one to preview and I AM IN LOVE. As you can see from the size compared to my laptop, it’s portable and easy to drop into the deep, dark caverns of my purse and take with me wherever.
The best thing about this planner is how everything I could want is included. I asked Nancy how she came up with the idea and she said, “I want ONE BOOK that will be my prayer journal, my planner, my record keeper, my budget tracker, my goals and hopes and everything. I wanted something that will be my companion, and challenge me everyday to live out my vocation as a Catholic woman better.
But I couldn’t find anything like this. So I made one.”
She did an awesome job!
I love the sweet, simple aesthetic. And it comes with bookmarkers with an examen of conscience and daily goals on them. Here’s the month-at-a-glance pages. Check out those holy days and saints days on the right!
And then the week-at-a-glance pages: I love that the daily Mass readings are listed above each day!
And there’s just oodles of helpful pages like this simple cleaning schedule (I crossed out vacuuming because we have all wood floors and linoleum).
And this will be a great way to keep track of everything I read in the next year.
Can’t wait to start filling up the liturgical planning pages!
And in addition to this grocery tracker, there’s other budgeting pages to help keep track of it all the miserable adulting one finds herself needing to do.
There’s even a lectio divine Bible study ready for you to begin.
I have discovered over the years that the way for me to fail at keeping a calendar is to try to make it digital. I CAN’T do it if it’s not a physical product I can write in and leave open on the counter. I’m counting down the days til December when The Catholic Women’s Companion begins and I can start using it everyday!
So that’s a little bit about what scheduling/organizing tools are keeping me sane these days. If you’re interested in ordering The Catholic Woman’s Companion, I recommend doing it before December when the price jumps from $34.99 to $38.99. You can order it here.
What are you doing these days to stay organized and keep your head above water?
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