Monday, January 17, 2011

No bathroom cabinets here, so lets organize my life!

Well....unfortunately we don't have a bathroom cabinet in the house.  We only have 1 bathroom (yes, for all 5 of us...but adding another is on my wish list) and the sink in there is a pedestal sink.  I have rearranged and reorganized the bathroom in the past few weeks (and I LOVE it).  But I still can't participate in today's challenge at A Bowl full of Lemons. 

Instead....I thought I might share some of my other newly founded and created organizing tools.  The first thing I have come up with is a meal plan.

I never would have guessed that I would use one....but let me tell you.  I have been using it for 2 weeks now and it is AWESOME!!!  It is so nice to be able to know what I am making for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday!  It takes maybe 5 mins to put together and then I know exactly what I need to buy at the grocery store (which saves money too!) and I know if I need to pull meat out of the freezer the night before.  And it takes so much stress out of my day.  Just having a plan is such a relief when it's been one of those crazy days (which it is A LOT!). 
    So, to make this handy dandy little meal chart...I just designed a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel (with inspiration from IHeart Organizing).  Then I matted it on some scrapbook paper and of course laminated it to make it durable and dry erasable (if thats a word).   Easy Peasy and cute too!

My next new organizing tool is a new calandar on the fridge.  I am going to make my best effort to write everything we have going on here.  So that we can all reference it at anytime.  So far, so good....but I only just bought it on Saturday.  =)
My last tool was that early last week I created a family schedule.  I used Microsoft Excel again, and mapped out our entire day.  I color coded each member of the family and scheduled out what each of us was doing at each hour of the day.  I know this sounds crazy and OCD (and I would have thought the same a month ago) but it really did help to see what we were spending our time on.  It was also useful to schedule out some specific family time.
I have to say that I am completely in love with my newly organized life.  I am also loving my freshly organized house.  I truly feel so much happier and calm! 


  1. Wow. You are VERY organized. Thanks for sharing those great ideas. :)

  2. Thank you....I got it for $4!! Got to love the 75% off!!

  3. Lookin' good!!!
    I have the dry erase calendar on the fridge ... which I love. The only down side is for some reason my husband will back into it and lean there... the next day... I realize my appt.s are all gone! :/ I keep an organizer in my purse with all the info. on it and just use the dry erase one to be able to look at real quick.
    My menu plan is a sticky piece of paper attached to the inside of the cabinet (in the post about the vitamins).... so not fancy laminated with a border like yours. :)

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