Why be Organized?

 Mama Mondays  & Organization

Hello and Happy Monday on this first day of May! I am claiming Mondays as Mama Mondays. That is now written word and I have told someone, so I am held accountable right? Sounds like a plan.

Speaking of plans….how do you get organized? Check off boxes on a To Do list? Find things when you need them? Declutter everything? What is your reasoning for being organized?

Want to know my reason?


Yes, ma’am (or sir) you did read that right. Lazy. It’s true! See if I ‘have a place for everything and everything in its place‘ then I don’t have to go searching for it when I need it. No running around looking for some item, making me late, and driving my stress levels to DEFCON 4.

Where are my keys? Side pocket of purse.

Where is my Traveler’s Notebook? On my desk or in my purse.

Where are the TV and Blu-ray remotes? End table drawer by loveseat.

Where is the cinnamon? Baking cabinet, bottom shelf, on spice riser, on the left in the back.

Ahhh organization. Isn’t it lovely? Now this being organized business is great when it’s just you or your stuff. Adding your spouse or kids or whomever you share living space with to Team Organized takes a little more determination and repetitiveness. Make it fun and don’t freak out when something is not where its supposed to be. ( Totally pot calling the kettle black here.) Persevere! Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Path to Organization

I do have a place for everything and everything in its place, but another way I stay organized is planning. There are 5 humans and 1 canine in this house. That is a lot of schedules: work, school, church, band, chess, archery. Don’t forget doctor, dentist, orthodontist, and veterinarian appointments.

 I’ve been a pen & paper girl since elementary. [That back story is here. http://orangemamalikes.com/2017/04/24/what-is-your-passion/] However, I also love digital. Google Calendar is my BFF and basis for all my scheduling. As events come in from work, school, or church they are added via phone or laptop. If the event needs to be shared, those folks are tagged and emailed invites. Oh and yes everyone is color coded.

Next, comes the real planning in my leather traveler’s notebook from Toni at http://www.redpentravelers.com. I have the regular(Midori) size in purple with a lovely “J” on the front.

Meet Josefina

Her name is Josefina. Yes, I named her; she is beautiful and deserved a name. 😉 Josefina has four elastics and will hold up to 6 inserts if I piggy back them. Right now I have four paper inserts and two of the vinyl/plastic organizer inserts. The paper inserts are from Red PenTravelers too. They are made with fantastic Tomoe River cream color paper and dotted. -I must have dots!- Two of them hold my Bullet Journal, one is strictly for notes, and one for usernames and passwords. The vinyl inserts hold business cards, stickers, and odds and ends.

chunky girl, that’s right
dragon & teapot charms



Bullet Journal = Planning Zen

I LOVE Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal system. If you’re like “Huh?”, go check him out, he is super cool. http://www.bulletjournal.com There are articles and videos explaining Ryder’s system.  If you are new to Bullet Journal, I advise checking out the original before heading to any hashtags. Trust me.

 I am getting ready to lay down some technical jargon, so if you haven’t checked out the Bullet Journal site your eyes may glaze over. I started out  April 2016 in Leuchttrum 1917. But switched at the beginning of 2017 to the Travelers Notebook. I like the versatility of switching inserts out and not having to write out ongoing Collections.  Plus I want to keep them for reference/memory keeping. My current bujo set up contains the following:

My current bujo set up contains the following: Index, Calendex (modified), Task Master (aka Brain Dump, I am not mature enough to write ‘dump’ without giggling. Potty humor at 40. Sad, but true.) Monthly and Dailies.  I prefer Weekly layouts, but the regular size inserts are not wide enough for my tastes, so Daily layouts it is. Technically that is what the Monthly is for. Oh, and my Collections have their own Leuchttrum 1917 Master Slim. His name is Mr. Slim. (ha!)


Track like a Hound

Trackers used to be in my bujo, but I have found apps (digital!) that take care of them.One app I found recently is Loop Habit Tracker.  (note: This house is powered by Android/Google, not sure if this is in Apple Store or not.) This tracker app lets me track water, meds,  & teeth brushing. I use my Samsung Galaxy Note5 health tracker for sleep and step tracking. I also adhere to The Fly Lady’s regimen. You can find her here.  http://www.theflylady.net  She sends daily emails and has your cleaning tasks broken down to a science. Fly Lady is easy and fun!

In a Nutshell

Being organized. You can do it! Take baby steps, use tools that you like, and get everyone on Team Organized. I use the old adage “everything has a place and is in that place”, color coding, digital and paper planning, and tracking apps to keep me sane. What do you use? I love seeing how others champion their organizing.

planning & organizing one page at a time,


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