"Happy New Year 2013! Is one of your new year’s resolutions to get organized? Many of us have that same resolution year after year… I know I do! One of the problems is that, especially when you have kids, nothing is constant. Clothes are outgrown, the kids’ activities change season to season, carpool arrangements change each year, and you may be juggling changing work and school schedules of you own! Plus, of course, you have the same organizational issues that plague everyone: You need to manage grocery shopping and menu plans, the paperwork keeps coming into the house, and you can never quite get on top of your to-do list. What’s a mom to do? Over the next several weeks, we’ll be tackling some of the most pressing organizational issues. If you can take control of one thing at a time, you just might be able to start 2014 with the resolution to stay organized, as opposed to getting organized!
First up is your schedule. I don’t know about you, but I tend to swing from extreme to extreme: One week, I might simply fly by the seat of my pants, and the next, I try to stick to a very strict time schedule. Unfortunately, neither of these works very well for me; the former leads to nothing at all getting done, and the latter turns into me turning into a crazy mom, yelling at the kids to get back on schedule. Neither scenario is pretty. What works best for me is a general routine, but without time limits, except for when they’re really necessary, such as when we have to be somewhere at a certain time. Here are some tips that have worked for me; your mileage may vary. The trick is to find what works for you!.."