let's get organized {plus free printables!}

I want to help you get organized, so I'm here today to share all of my best kept secrets! I'm a nutcase when it comes to planning, scheduling and organizing my life. Now don't get me wrong, my house is falling apart 99.95% of the time because I still have three children ages 3 and under, but I do my best. And the way I keep my head above water is to stay organized on paper. I wanted to share with you how I do it and give you some practical tips to help you figure out what might work for you. Because let's remember, we are ALL different and there is no formula to staying sane and organized. How boring would that be if there were?!

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WHAT I USE TO STAY ORGANIZED:

1) My planner - I use an Erin Condren planner. A couple of other great planners I would recommend are the Day Designer from Whiney English and the Simplified Life Planner from Emily Ley. I chose to use the Erin Condren because it fits best with my stage of life and the way it's divided up.

2) Blog & Shop Notebook - For brainstorming and note taking for my blog & shop. This really helps me keep all of my ideas and notes in one place.

3) Thrive and Influence Notebook - This is for meeting notes, planning notes and brainstorming. We also use a LOT of google docs for these two organizations to keep things organized but having one place for all of my notes is really important for me.

4) Personal journal - for quiet time and journaling

5) Notes and Planning Notebook - This is where party planning, to do lists, and any random lists fall in. I always need a "catch all" that might not fall under and specific category.

6) Binder for all the things - A place where invoices, important papers and other types of scheduling can be organized.

7) Small prayer journal - a place to keep track of who I'm praying for, what I'm praying for my family, etc.

8) Lots and lots of coffee and sweet tea - because duh.

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FUN TIPS:

*Remind yourself what you are thankful for*

*Pretty markers and pens make planning more fun*

*Don't be afraid to abuse binder clips, paper clips and all sorts of office supply accessories*

*Get a planner you love*

*Write stuff down. Like everything*

*Setting your priorities is the perfect place to start*

How about a couple of free printables to get you started? I've been creating some organizational prints that will be for sale in my shop soon, but how about a freebie just for fun?? Click on the prints below to download:

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