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I have a confession to make. I am unorganized.
I’ve known this for some time, but I wasn’t entirely sure I knew why I got this way or how to address the problem. And, to be totally honest, I wasn’t sure I really was all that interested in addressing the problem. But then a few things happened.
Benjamin was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. A part of this means he needs some fairly stringent organization and expectation setting to help his little world normalize. The fallout of that is that he now has a few more appointments to attend to during the week with a variety of therapists. Add that to his school and other activities and, well, CONFUSION.
Leah’s ADHD. She’s doing really well for the most part, but she’s in Fifth Grade now (OMG) and the workload is amping up pretty quickly. She’s going to have to manage (more frequently) larger, long-term projects and start to really utilize calendar and time management skills. And, of course, she’s involved in eight-hundred things from friends to Hebrew School to dance and to, now, Tae Kwon Do. Add this to Benjamin’s calendar? NIGHTMARE.
My memory sucks. A long time ago I was a die-hard Franklin Covey follower. I’ll never forget the lesson taught in one of the first seminars I went to, “Why are you so arrogant to think that you can remember everything? Why do you put that kind of pressure on yourself. WRITE IT DOWN and give yourself permission to ‘forget.'” I seem to have forgotten that lesson – and in my arrogance have forgotten some important and not important things. Not acceptable.
So. I need some tools.
Right about when all this came to a head, the nice folks at Blue Sky reached out to offer me a chance to take a look at their newest products landing at Target as we speak. I’ve not been a paper calendar girl for a long time, but in an informal Facebook and Twitter poll, a LOT of you were rabid paper fans. Even you savvy digital types. Interesting.
Blue Sky developed their Home Series with some serious feedback from moms who gave a sneak peek into their daily lives and provided insight into the organizational solutions they wanted. With a cute design nod from Susy Jack, the products are fresh, cleanly designed and easy to use.
I particularly liked their Home Weekly / Monthly Planner (shown in Warm). There is plenty of room to keep appointments at a monthly glance, but I really like the right side that has a “Do / Call / Buy” running list. When you’re managing multiple projects, it’s nice to see what needs to happen for the whole month and still be able to apply a prioritization system to the tasks.
But sometimes you (or others in the house, ahem) need a little EXTRA reminder before walking out the door. For this sole purpose I LOVE the “Don’t Forget” Door Note Pad. You have no idea how useful this thing is. NO IDEA. (Of course the hardest part still remains actually putting it on the door ahead of time, but WE ARE WORKING ON THAT.
And for you inspirational shoppers and planning types, you’d like the Shopping Notes. Organize what you want (and need) by store. Great for organizing now and next season or next project. Plus it fits so nicely into a purse. (As you scout out your next one!)
Using a paper-based system has been somewhat helpful for me. I’ll never give up my digital solutions, but for now a semi-redundant paper-based one is helping get the household all paddling in the same direction at least. And that’s a win in any book.
And because it’s been so help for me, Blue Sky and I want to help YOU!
Yes. Just leave a comment stating your #1 organizing focus for the coming months and you’ll be entered to win! It could be anything. Makeup drawer, paperwork, dog toys, that drawer in the kitchen we don’t speak of… you name it. Your secret is safe with us.
Contest ends Friday night, 9pm CST. Good luck!
UPDATED: Congratulations to CLAIRE! You are the winner! Hooray! Watch for an email from me, lovely – and thanks to everyone for playing along!