Monday, June 18, 2012

Life Well Lived: Resources for Getting Organized

The question: What are your favorite resources (Products, Apps, Books, Websites, etc.) to help you get organized? 

My first great lessons came from the FlyLady. Granted, she can be overwhelming at times, but some of her lessons have finally sunk in for me. Most importantly, the lesson to do as much as you can the night before to make the mornings go smoother.

My newest favorite resource is A Slob Comes Clean. I can relate to how her mind works! She's a funny and entertaining writer, and she's more forgiving than FlyLady at putting organization into perspective with everything else we have going on.

I tell the girls all the time, if you don't see me put something in my calendar on my iPhone, you can guarantee that I will forget. (And somehow, they keep forgetting that!) I've tried Cozi and a few other apps, but I have to keep it simple.

Having said that, I do have a great spiral-bound organizer that helps me manage household info only. I write down the menus for the week before I go to the grocery store, and the times we'll be having dinner with my parents.

I'm sure I subscribe to too many organizing and financial blogs, and I certainly don't read every entry, but I do think that's the best place to start. Eventually, a few will grab you and feel like they'll be most helpful to you and your challenges.

It's all too easy to get caught up in trying the find the best book, organizer, or site out there to help get organized. I knew I was in trouble when I had to organize all my books on organization! So I started implementing the lessons by donating the organizational books and products we weren't using.

The best resource, it turns out, is our own willpower.

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1 comment:

Mandy said...

Hi April,

I think I'm an inherently organized person - my mum was organized and she taught me well. These days I'm relying more and more on iPhone apps to reduce the paper and the amount of stuff I have to carry with me. I like Cardmunch for scanning business cards and key ring for scanning shopper loyalty cards. Aside from keeping me organized my pocketbook is getting lighter!