Unleashing Your Inner Organizer

I have a confession to make: without my to-do lists, I would be utterly lost.

I have never been one of “the organized ones”. My desk is always filled with clutter. My bedroom is perpetually messy — ok I confess, I don’t make my bed every day! But I’m very organized about the way I spend my time. I generally plan every aspect of my day, from when I do laundry, go to the gym, plan family dinner, and most importantly take a much needed break to watch Drop Dead Diva (a guilty pleasure – and all of season one is on Netflix!).

Yet now, in the middle of July, the lazy summer attitude has begun to crush my productivity, which is sure to be a problem when fall comes and the back-to-school craze hits my household at full force. I need to seriously think about that nagging little word, ‘order’.

A great place to start is always gathering lovely materials that make me want to burst with organization. Writing everything down helps me plan my “to do’s” (plus I LOVE drawing a big fat line through each finished task). Carolina Pad offers tons of school, office, and arts and craft products that are really great for career gals or full time moms who love to see their lists on cool paper products.

In an attempt to offer helpful products on my website, we’ve added calendars, notepads, and organizers that we designed ourselves based on how we plan our days. We hope you too will love our Organize Me notepads that can be customized for any tasks you might want to list:

If you want to keep your time organized, a calendar is essential to remember short and long term commitments. Make sure you pick one that suits your personality and style so you can keep up the motivation to use it.

You can get this calendar with your chosen color and text over at our website.

Also check out our notepads, bag tags, and stickers. Even if you manage to stay organized, there’s no guarantee that your kids will. This is our fun way to make the process a lot easier!

Now you need a little coaching and inspiration?  One of my all-time favorite blogs is Organizing Junkie. Laura proudly calls herself an “organizing addict”, and on her blog she provides useful tips for storage, menu planning, and scheduling. Make sure you subscribe to the blog so you can stay in the know about all of her awesome give-a-ways for a chance to win cute calendars and storage materials!

If you’re so overwhelmed by your own disorganization that you don’t even know where to start with all of this information, the Get Organized Wizard is probably the best way for extreme results fast. This helps you plan your whole day so that it’s virtually impossible to ignore the things you have to do. This claims to help you reach long-term goals through a step-by-step system that will lead you to a “life makeover”.  If anybody has given it a try, we would love to hear about the results!

Last but not least, Kim Cossette is a professional organizer in Atlanta we met at a local networking meeting. She does a wonderful job of organizing lives, even her website is perfectly organized in such a cute way! If you’re from a different area, you can subscribe to her monthly newsletter and get a free e-book!

Hopefully, you found something in this post that will help you get excited about de-cluttering your life. Organization is all about doing things one step at a time without getting overwhelmed. Try to take a deep breath and relax so that you can spend more time doing things you want to do and less time stressing about all the things you HAVE to do.  Happy organizing!