The Best Way to Get Organized for Back to School

The Best Way to Get Organized for Back to School

Getting Organized for Back to School


Every summer the same thing happens; I let go of our routines slightly, get a bit unorganized, allow the house to be more “lived in” and messy and just enjoy.


But there is something magical about the start of the school year.

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It feels just like the start of a New Year to me. Everything seems brand new, I want to work harder on my goals and finishing the year strong and we start to get used to our new routines and schedules. And this year, on top of my stepson going into middle school and that adjustment, my 2.5 year old is starting PRESCHOOL!


I know, I know… cue the tears!


She’ll be going 3x a week from 9 am-12 pm which means adjusting our normal schedule where we’d normally go on playdates or run errands, praying my 11 month old keeps his current 2 nap schedule for a bit (which means he’ll nap 9:30-11:30!! Imagine the possibilities with 6 extra ‘kid-free’ hours a week!)


Speaking of my 11 month old, we’ll also be starting Tot School at home in September which means figuring that routine out and when we’ll not only do activities but having to plan them out. (We use ABC Jesus Loves Me for our ‘curriculum’ and love the flexibility it gives while providing structure to make it easy for moms)


With my stepson staying at the same school, not much changes for his schedule but now  it’s time to add in more sports, clubs and activities and it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to remembering everything and just feeling on top of life.

Using Trello to Get Organized

Enter Trello!

If you’ve been hanging on my page at all lately, you know I am OBSESSED with Trello, heck I even teamed up with my girl Elisa from Meal Planning Blueprints to make an entire COURSE  around how it can help moms!

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Trello is going to be a mom’s best friend for back to school and I’m so pumped to be able to use it for the first time this entire school year. Trello eliminates having to have papers everywhere, forgetting dates and to-dos and losing things you know you need.

Trello will also allow you to share your Back to School lists and to-dos with other family members so if you have older kids, it’s a great way to communicate and if you need your spouse to pick them up from practice or your mother in law to attend a school event, you can keep it all streamlined!

Trello allows you to make BOARDS that you can organize with various lists and tasks. And because I know you don’t have a ton of time to do things, I’ve set up a Trello board just for you to copy for FREE!


Just click the link below and you can snag my Back to School board (you’re welcome!) Just COPY it to your account and it’s yours to edit. If you don’t have Trello, just go here and get a free account! Between the website and the app, you’ll be in your Mom Organization Glory! 


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If you’re not sure about Trello or want to see how I organize my board, I did a video for you to give you all the tips on making this board work for you and your family! You can watch that or check out the step by step ideas below!


How to Copy Boards On Trello


If you want to copy the board, you’ll need a Trello account to do so but it’s free so that rocks. Once you log in go on over to the right where it says SHOW MENU. Next, hit the MORE button and hit COPY BOARD. When you copy the board, you can decide if you want to rename it and where you want it to go. Feel free to use it as a template, to get ideas, and customize however you want!


 How to Create a Back to School Board on Trello


Step #1 Create Lists on Trello


You’ll want to start with making lists for all the things you want to remember, Look at these as your categories. My board has lists that include;









You can add as many as you want and even organize this board by kid or month.



Step #2 Customize Cards on Trello


Now that you’ve created your lists, go though and customize each card.


Some of my favorite ways to do this is to add links of ideas I see on Pinterest  (because we all know we’ll pin a ton of things and forget to do them all) , link to my meal planning boards, and create master shopping lists.


You can do this with multiple checklists on each card, adding in important dates, sales you see, organization ideas or adding attachments with specific links!



Step #3 Add members to Trello


I think one of the best features of a back to school Trello board is adding members so that you can all be on the same page. You can add your spouse, babysitter or whoever and if you want them to be responsible for a task or just let the, know of a date, use the @ sign and add their name. This way they’ll get a notification!



There are limitless possibilities when it comes to Trello for back to school and know that you can be a less stressed mom ASAP! Now go grab this FREE back to school board, copy it and start to customize it for your family!



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How to Set up Your Week To Be More Productive

How to Set up Your Week To Be More Productive

How to Set Up Your Week for Productivity

I intentionally take one day off a week. I started this practice 2 months ago and am so thankful that I did. Prior to this, I was just go, go, go and didn’t rest, felt pulled by my to-do list, and was starting to burn out again. I knew the feelings of burn out, I had been there before. 5 years ago, I left teaching to become a full-time entrepreneur and work at home mom because I felt the same feelings start to creep in. Now that I’m running my own business and family, I decided I needed some preventative measures to make sure that I was still taking care of me.


Hence… my Saturday’s off. I decided to take Saturday ‘off’ so that I could really just do what matters. The only work that I do on Saturday is what I just feel like doing, no pressure or to do list. On Saturdays, if I don’t want to do laundry, house cleaning, or other ‘mom duties’, I don’t. I don’t really make too many plans unless it’s something we really want to do. Oh… and I take a nap.


I really love my Saturday nap.


But in order to make my Saturday rest day really work for me, I needed to make sure that I had a system for being very productive the rest of the week so I could relax, guilt-free. And once I decided that I was going to schedule out a day of rest, it became so freeing. The week started to go more smoothly because I knew that I had a day to chill coming up, I didn’t feel guilty anymore about letting myself decompress, and I just started to laugh and enjoy our family time more.


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I chose to have my rest day on Saturday rather than Sunday for a few reasons. Sundays, since we go to church, still have us on a schedule to make sure we get out of the house on time. My husband delivers the newspaper as a side job right now so, he works Sunday mornings and I want to make sure I can give him rest time when get gets back at 6 am before we go to church. Sundays are also my day to set my week up for success. I may do some grocery shopping (though I often like to do that on Saturdays. I actually really like grocery shopping because I love to coupon and it’s a hobby for me and on Saturdays I get to go without kids!), I’ll meal prep so that I can save time during the week, and I’ll work on organizing my week, my planner, and other work tasks that I need to have a super successful and productive week.

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There are a few things that I like to do on Sundays to make sure that my week goes as smoothly as possible and I am going to share my system and routine with you! I think that if you spend some time on Sunday (or whatever day you choose to set up your day) preparing for the week then, the rest of the week CAN be more productive and run smoother. I find on the weeks that we are away or I don’t take the time to do this system, the week is much harder. Things fall through the cracks, I feel more stressed and I start the week feeling behind and having to play catch up on Monday (which then sets my whole week back)

Creating a Sunday Routine

Meal Prep

The #1 thing that I suggest you start your Sunday with is meal planning and preparation. I actually have a system where I make the meal plan on Friday, shop on Saturday and cook on Sunday so that I don’t do it all on one day.

However you decide to do it, make sure you plan out your meals for the week. We keep it pretty basic and have a rotation of 2-3 breakfast, lunch and dinner options each week. My husband doesn’t mind eating the same thing each day and it’s easy to be predictable with the kids.

I’ll spend some time doing some basic preparation like cutting up fruits and veggies, making salads, cooking up rice, steaming veggies, browning some ground turkey for quick lunches, and boiling some eggs.

I then make sure that I have listed out what’s for dinner each week so that I can check the fridge and see what I still need to get at the store. I try my best to make our plan from what we already have to save money and not have to go to the store as much.

I suggest even packing out as many salads for lunches in Tupperware as much as possible (even if you stay home) because then you can grab and go instead of preparing things. This helps a ton if we decide last minute to go to the park, or meet up with friends because the food is ready to go. It also prevents me from running out of what we need or knowing what i have to stop for.

Cleaning and Organizing

 I have a cleaning system where I do a little cleaning each day so that it doesn’t pile up but that doesn’t mean I don’t do anything on the weekends. Often after my Saturdays off, my house needs a little more TLC since I probably didn’t do as many dishes or pick up as much. And what I have now just come to accept as a mom is that my house will probably always be covered in stuff, things will be out of place, and everything will just be sticky.

 But that doesn’t mean I won’t try to make it just a little cleaner. I also find that when the clutter builds up, my anxiety peaks and for me ‘outer order leads to inner calm’ so taking time on Sundays to clean up really helps.

 My suggested Sunday system includes laundry (I do 1-2 loads each day so that it’s easy to put away so my Sunday laundry is normally the same), sweep and mop the floors, vacuuming the playroom, and doing a Zone clean up.

 We do a Zone Clean Up as a family after church on Sundays where everyone is in charge of a room or area (My 11 year old or husband normally does a zone with my toddler). I put on a 15 minute timer and everyone is in charge of putting away things that don’t belong in their zone. This really helps all of the out of place items to find their way back home and means that I”m not the only one picking up the books that have been on the floor for 2 days and everyone walks around (you know what I’m saying!)

 Before I go to bed on Sunday, I make sure that I’ve done my typical evening routine and an additional 15 minute clean up. There is nothing more exciting for me (I know this is going to sound really nerdy haha) than waking up on a Monday morning where there are no dishes in the sink, my kitchen table is cleaned up, and the clutter is gone. It’s really my favorite way to start the week.


Organize Your Weekly Calendar and To Do List


The last thing that I do to set my week up for success is to make sure I have a plan in place. Often, people ask me how I can be so productive and get so much done and, while I have some hacks that help, one of the things that helps is that I always take the time to plan.

 I took a training with the Franklin/Covey system once that really changed the way that I planned. I learned all about the power of weekly and nightly planning and have since been implementing it for years. It’s what I do in my life, what I teach the moms that I coach and what I teach in my e-book and course; Design Your Day; Time Management for the Busy Woman.


On Sundays, I take out my planner (I use a mix of a paper planner from Erin Condren, google calendar, and Trello) and look at my week ahead.

 I start with putting in all the dates of things that I cannot change like doctor appointments or meetings. We use a family calendar in the kitchen so these things always get written on their first and then transferred to my digital system.

 After those dates are in, I then plan out what tasks I want to accomplish that week. I create a list of personal items, business items, and projects (around the house and for work) that I want to complete. I break them down into 20 minute tasks so that I know they are manageable and easily can be accomplished in a day, rather than overplanning myself and getting frustrated when it doesn’t get done. 

Next, I go into my planner and actually assign 3-5 tasks for each day. I split them up so that I Pick 1 personal task (call grandma, put pictures in frames etc….), 3 work tasks (write a blog post, create images, email clients….) and 1 project task (brainstorm ideas for a birthday party, work on mother’s day scrapbook etc….).

 Assigning those things to a day BEFORE the week starts allows me to know what is going to happen and have a plan. This way, when it’s nap time and I get to work, or I have free time after dinner and want to work on a project, I’m not wasting time thinking about what to do, I can just take action.


 Trust me when I say that if you set up your week for success you WILL be able to get more done, feel more accomplished and actually take a day off to rest and not feel the mom guilt!

 I challenge you to start using this system (or one that works for you) to take more control in your life!

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24 Day Kitchen Organization Challenge

24 Day Kitchen Organization Challenge


When it comes to organization if you’re like me, you probably tell yourself over and over that you will get things together… on Monday. And then Monday comes and something happens and you decide to push it off and push it off and push it off until you’re like that lady in the tupperware commercial with everything falling on her (that seriously happens to me once a week!


But have no fear! You CAN get the kitchen and pantry organized and in control, you just need a system that works for you!


So how do you start to conquer all the kitchen clutter without getting overwhelmed? Check out my top tips 3 tips to take action today!

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Tip #1 Small Chunks Each Day


So often we overwhelm ourselves by trying to jump in and conquer a big problem head on instead of taking the time to figure out the small steps needed to get there. On our way to trying to do everything in a hurry, we also bite off WAY too much. And as nice as it sounds to say “this Saturday I am going to organize the kitchen”, we know in reality it’s not going to happen.


I suggest you start with 15 minutes a day. 15 minutes may not seem like a lot but 15 minutes spent every day for 30 days will have your kitchen organized in no time! It is so hard for us moms to find time to pee, let alone time to take everything out of our cabinets to organize it so don’t try to tackle this project in one day.


Schedule 15 minutes in your day (yes, I want you to put it in your planner) that you can consistently keep up with. Maybe it’s right after you do your evening routine and make all of the lunches for tomorrow, or maybe it’s the first thing you do after nap. Whenever you decide to do it, schedule it in your planner and set a 15 minute timer to get going.


When the 15 minutes is up, it’s done. You can keep going or you can stop, it’s completely up to you. Make sure though, that you don’t decide to conquer 4 shelves in that 15 minutes. Pick a small section to work on each day. For example, day one could simply be your utensil drawer or all the tupperware. Chunk out super small sections that you can do so that you can feel immediate success.


Head to that section, empty it completely, wipe it down and clean it out, and put everything back in. While you are putting back in, I want you to do an inventory of what you have (for the food sections) and throw out stuff that is broken, doesn’t belong there, or that you really will never use.

We wind up collecting so many kitchen utensils and appliances that you never wind up using that just take up space physically and mentally. Outer order leads to inner calm and the less physical stuff you have in your home and in your face, the less stress and anxiety you will have in your life. Trust me, I’m a wannabe minimalist who knows how good an empty counter feels!

Tip #2 Take Inventory

While you are cleaning any areas that have food, I want you to take inventory of what you have. This makes cooking SO much easier. I keep a pantry checklist in my cabinet and put it in a sheet protector. This way, whenever I run out of a spice, I can just cross it off the list. Every week when I go shopping, I check over recipes I am making and quickly scan my list to see if I need it. Before I started this system, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to run out to the store for a last minute ingredient (I mean seriously… where the heck does all the cumin go???)

I keep a similar chart in the other food sections of my pantry for general canned or boxes items. We follow the Capsule Pantry system and I create a monthly dinner meal plan so we use a lot of the same ingredients over and over. I like to see how many cans of tomatoes or boxes of rice I have so that, when it’s time to make dinner I can just grab and go.


Doing a food inventory will also start to save you a ton of money. You’ll notice ingredients that you might not have even known were there, can use them to make some different meals, and not just grab another can of chicken broth ‘just because’ when you’re at the store.

While you’re cleaning and doing an inventory, make sure you toss out any expired spices or food items you have. If you have an item that has been there forever (but isn’t expired) and your family just doesn’t eat, put it in a bag and drop it at a local shelter or food drop off location.

Tip #3 Clear off the Counter


Like I said earlier, outer order leads to inner calm, and our countertops are the biggest place of clutter in the kitchen. For some reason we stack everything on the counter and then get so frustrated because we don’t have space to cook or do any of our regular kitchen chores.


I highly recommend getting rid of as many appliances as you can or at least move them off your counter. Ask yourself when the last you used it and if you hadn’t in this past week, it should NOT be a counter appliance. Keep the stuff out that you actually use and store (in a easy to grab place) the rest of it.


Make your counter inviting and easy to access and you’ll find yourself cooking in it more and actually enjoying the kitchen.


Every night, as part of an evening routine, I recommend doing a clean up of your kitchen so that you wake up and don’t feel behind. Make sure the dishes are loaded and sink empty, take out any trash, and wipe down all the counters. And the less stuff you have out, the quicker and easier it’ll be to get it clean!


As you go through organizing your kitchen, make sure you celebrate all of the small wins you have! It won’t happen overnight but if you use your time wisely, within one month you can have transform your entire kitchen into a place you love that doesn’t stress you out!


Want some help getting started? Download this 30 day calendar with 15 minute clean up areas that you can tackle each day!

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How to Slay Your Goals with the right Planner.

How to Slay Your Goals with the right Planner.

I am a planner addict.


I seriously don’t know why I keep buying so many but I do it every year.


I’m also a paper and pen girl. As easy as technology makes it for us, there is just something amazing at getting to physically cross off something I’ve done for the day.


And I write down EVERYTHING. From doing laundry, to making phone calls, to even sometimes showering (yes mamas… you know what I mean!) it all gets written in my planner.


I got the opportunity to check out the Slay Your Goals Planner from Nadalie at Its All You Boo and was super pumped to dive in.


So from one planner addict to another, here is my honest review after using her planner for a month.


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First Impressions Matter 


My initial thought when I got the planner in my email was “oh heck no I’m not printing 60+ pages”. But, I took a breath and decided to not freak and check it all out first. From just scrolling a few pages I realized that I didn’t need to print it all out right now but just what was relevant for my goals and what I needed right now.


Since a lot of her goal setting sheets were meant to use quarterly, I only needed the ones for the next few months. I follow the principles of the 12 Week Year which helps you make quarterly goals so this was a perfect fit for me!


My second thought when I saw this planner was O.M.G this is GORGEOUS! Let’s be real, if something is pretty, we’re more likely to want to use it. I mean that’s why I buy a million planners and any sort of pretty notebook with a fancy quote on in and this planner does not disappoint. Nadalie did an amazing job designing it, and the colors alone made me want to set bigger goals and work through the sheets!



Before You Even Plan, You Gotta Dig Deep 


My favorite part of this planner was that it is SO much more than a planner! Before you even get to the basic planner type pages, you dig deep into your intentions, your passions, your goals and your life.


You’ll need to schedule out some time to go through all of the sheets so you can really put some thought into it. Honestly, it took me 5 days to actually find the time to get through the first chunk of pages and think about my yearly, quarterly and monthly goals so it was a time investment.


The Day to Day Plan 


I loved that this planner was set up by quarters and really had to go deep to identify who you’d get to your goals, ALL of the little steps along the way, and even who is going to be in your corner as you attack these goals.


Each quarter the planner sets you up to go through and reflect and rethink about what’s happening in your life and how you can pick the day to day activities to move you there.


Now if by this time you’re like ‘wait a minute, I need a place to write down those little things too!”, have no fear!! On top of all the goal setting sheets, quarterly and monthly planning, this Slay Your Goals Planner still has all the planner basics including yearly snapshot calendars, monthly planning blocks, a place to rate your priorities, and a daily planner so you don’t forget about the kids soccer practice or doctor’s appointment.


Her daily planner was one of my favorite features of the planner. Yes, you need to print it out for the days you want to plan so that’s a bummer BUT it has ALL the hours. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to hourly planners is that they never start early enough for me or go late enough. I start my day at 5am and it ends around 11pm and I like to plan it out. Most planners start at 7am or end by 8pm and that doesn’t help me out at all! This planner includes an Early Bird and Night Owl option so, no matter what your schedule, you can make it work!

Is this planner for you?


Listen mama, if you’re just looking for something to keep your dates and times so you don’t forget to go to the doctor, this probably isn’t the planner for you! This planner is best for the woman who wants to really figure out what she wants in life and come up with a plan to get there.


This planner is going to make you really think about your life, what you want and how you’re going to get there. It’s not a planner for the person who just wants to pretend at achieving their goals but for the woman who really is tired of feeling stuck!


I highly recommend the Slay Your Goals Planner for anyone who followers the 12 Week Year or wants to do quarterly goals! This planner really sets you up for success if you take the time to do it!


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End of Year Reflection + FREE Printable Workbook

End of Year Reflection + FREE Printable Workbook

Can you believe that we are at the end of the year already?

I feel like I get to the end of every year and think the same thing.

“How the heck did the time go so fast?”

“What did I actually do?”

“Did I even get close to hitting any of my goals?”

And often… I can’t even remember. And I RARELY take time to sit back and reflect on it because I just want to start planning for the New Year.

So can I encourage you to do something this week?

Take some time to reflect, applaud your success, take in the gratitude, and really close out 2017.

When you just start to jump into planning all you want to achieve for the NEXT year, you miss out on such a crucial step. All that you accomplished or did not accomplish in 2017 is so important. It helps you make appropriate goals, push in areas you need, and stop wasting time in areas that were not successful.

Get Started 

Before you jump into the reflection sheet, you need to set the scene.

Step #1: Find the Time

I want you to find 30-60 minutes where you can be alone.

I know, I know, you’re already rolling your eyes.

But listen, there is 30-60 minutes you can MAKE in your day. We need to stop trying to FIND the time and create the time you need. Whether it means waking up early, staying up a little later, or skipping watching Parenthood on Netflix during nap time (I mean seriously… how good is Parenthood?)

Normally I am ALL about using those time pockets you have in between laundry, playing with the kids, or running errands but, for this activity, I want you to keep the time with no interruptions so that your thoughts can flow and not get stopped.

Step #2 Set the Environment

Find a place where you can think best. This is most likely not going to be any place where you can see the dishes that are piled up, want to get up and get snacks a few times, or can just stare at the dust bunnies that have piled up in your house.

I really recommend leaving your house if at all possible. See if you can get a sitter for one hour, a relative to hang with the kids, or sneak out to the Starbucks after the kids go to bed and your spouse is home.

Now if being out in public makes you to people watch and not be focused, then most definitely find a place in your home where you can snuggle on your favorite chair with some coffee and just write.

Step #3 Give Yourself Grace

Reflecting on the year can be tough if you didn’t hit some of the big goals you made for yourself. Give yourself to grace to know that you are ENOUGH no matter what and don’t beat yourself up. But, at the same time, be real with what happened.

Did you allow excuses to get in your way or was there a serious issue in your life this year that set you back? Did you get distracted by shiny objects or did your priorities change? Did you make and follow a plan or did you decide to fly by the seat of your pants?

Be honest with yourself, applaud any success (no matter HOW small!) and think about how things went so that you can better plan for next year!

Step #4 Get off the Technology

For this, I recommend PRINTING out the reflection sheets and use pen and NOT your computer. There is power in writing things down, getting them out of your brain, and not having a million tabs on your computer distracting you.

Oh speaking of technology… no phones.

Put them out of sight and out of reach and ideally, in another room so that you can focus. If you like to work with music, put it on and then MOVE your phone OR put your phone on airplane mode so notifications don’t come in to distract you.

Step #5 Start to Reflect

Get your pretty pens ready, it’s time to think about your year!

Go through the sheet and really think about what happened this year. Try to not go in with the lens of what you want to accomplish next year but really be in the moment of these past 365 days.

If you need more space, use the blank pages as well! This reflection is going to be so helpful when you move to the next step of closing out the year and that’s vision and goal setting for your future! Download your sheet now!

This sheet can be used each quarter if you wanted to really think about things in small steps and chunk out what has happened. I like to follow the premise in the 12 week year  so I use this to reflect every 3 months.

After you fill it out, I’d love to know how your year went! Leave your takeaways in the comments or head to our Facebook community page  so that you can share with other women doing the same thing!!

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