Thursday, February 13, 2020


I am always seeking to be more organized. I just do not like the feeling of being rushed, forgetting something, or not having a plan.  I always think I am not an anxious person, but perhaps I am and I am simply mitigating that by striving for organization (deep dive on my personality to happen another time).

Anyway, I've written about various ways I try to stay organized before but I have some new ones that I wanted to tell you about today:

Getting coffee set up the night before.  Making coffee isn't a big task, but it does take a bit of time, and now that I get it set up in the evening by filling the water and grinding the beans, I just have to press the button when I get downstairs in the morning. (I realize there is also a timer function on the coffeemaker but I haven't figured that out yet.)

Making breakfast shake in evening.  Again, making a shake isn't really a big job, but it does involve several ingredients, some that need to be washed, peeled, cut, and measured.  Getting it done the night before means I can just grab it from the fridge in the morning. Bonus is that the ones I make are usually enough for two servings.

Using Google Docs for Meal Planning and Blog Posts. I used to write these down in a notebook or calendar at home but then I couldn't add to it while I was at work when I had a new idea. I've also started including a link to the recipe from Pinterest or other source so I don't have to go looking for it again when it is time to cook (or send to Dave for him to prepare).

Getting kids to help.  Q loves to help although his assistance is spotty at best, and E can help but doesn't usually volunteer. E was off school this week a couple of days so I had him clean the bathrooms and wash the sheets on this bed. Q is good at putting his dish in the dishwasher and can put away some of the clean dishes as well. I will probably end up guilty of being the mom who does everything for their sons but I'll keep trying to get them involved.

Put everything on calendar and set reminders on phone. This is not a new one but one worth repeating.  Everything goes onto my calendar (and is colour coded!) and most of it includes an invite to share with Dave's calendar.  If it's there then I can let it go from my brain and know I can rely on being reminded about it later. And adding the extra reminder on my phone such as remembering to send money with E for a bake sale, or extra clothes for Q, also helps to prepare for the next day.

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