Getting My Act Together – Organizational Tools Review and Giveaway!

Time to send the kids back to school. I’m happy and sad. I like the loosey goosey, stay up late, sleep in late flow of the summer months. That’s all about to change and I’m not sure if it’s going to be harder on me or the kids.

I’ll have more time to work because the kids will be gone at school all day but organizing carpool, homework, piano and guitar lessons, cub scouts and brownies, gymnastics and soccer plus my work schedule and volunteer commitments makes me want to roll up in the fetal position!

Tomorrow is Meet The Teacher and because I’m on the PTO Board – I’m coordinating it! And then Monday is the Kindergarten Breakfast and I’m coordinating that, too. I love it all and I’m excited, but if I don’t stay organized something’s gonna give – and meals and laundry are gonna be the first to go!!!

Luckily I got my hot little hands on some new, affordable planners and list making tools (I LOVE lists!!) from Target and they are helping me stay on top of my game.

Made by SusyJack Contemporary Paper, The Blue Sky Home Series has everything you need to keep it together. Planners, wall calendars, note pads shopping list pads, door notes, dry erase planning boards…they got it covered.

14 products in two different color combos (warm pink or cool blue) and all are UNDER $10 each!! “Hello budget, nice to finally stay within your strict perimeters this month!!”

I have the cool blue planner. It’s longer than most and gives me plenty of room to write down everywhere I need to be each day on the month-at-a-glance section and then gives me a big column for each day to write down everything I need to do. Brilliant!

Look at my old planner and how crowded it was.

Now look-y here. Much better, no?!

I also have the magnetic grocery list.

I used to use post-it notes all over the house to keep track of what we needed but this is always right on hand to write down those things I’m always running out of.

And the door hanger notes allows me to remind myself (or my kids and husband!) what I need to do but might forget. I often put one on the door the night before so when I’m running late (always) the next morning – it’s right there in front of my face!

I also have the multi-task mouse pad – which is cool because it is handy for notes I take while working at my computer and on the phone.

A Giveaway!

So what’s on your To Do list? Tell me and you’ll be entered to win a Blue Sky Home Series set of organizational tools of your own! One lucky Still Living The Dream reader will get an assortment of products like those I mentioned above.

Extra chances? You know it! You get another chance for each of the items you do below. Be sure to tell me each you do in the comments to be entered over and over again! A winner will be selected at random on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

  • Follow me on Twitter at @jpatrickcomm
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  • Tweet this giveaway using the following language: “Win a planner and other organization tools at  http://bit.ly/p8lGum @jpatrickcomm”

Disclaimer: I received the organizational tools listed above to review but didn’t receive any other compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions and To Do lists are my own!

 

 

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    tess says:

    on my to do list- clean the entire house- each day i clean a different cabinet out- today one cabinet out of the bathrooms

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    I need to organize everything in my basement, paint my front door, make some important phone calls, and more!

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    Nikki Muroski says:

    My to do list has a lot of items for my son starting Kindergarten! Never realized it’d be this much “work” for me too! 🙂

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    I have laundry on my to-do-list. Also have grooming the dogs:) Please enter me in this great giveaway! Thanks!

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    i have so much on my list! i have to go shopping and clean my house and get my car inspected!

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    Audrey's mom says:

    My to do list is to make a to do list! I am that far behind. Really need some way to get my act together.

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    Jennifer W says:

    My to do list is to make a few dozen mini muffins (healthy of course) to freeze for lunches. Pop on into a Tupperware container the night before and they have fresh (well, thawed) muffins in their lunch!

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    Plan meals for week
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    SAMSOG Meetings
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    My To Do list has grocery shopping, and I need to make a well baby checkup and photo appointments for my almost 6 month old daughter.

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    Just a few things on my to do list – take clothes to Goodwill, clean out junk closet and move files to storage boxes, take car in for oil change and on and on

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    Dino Rock Mom says:

    My To Do List is to create a cleaning schedule, recycle bottles, buy new socks for the kiddo, and find a new book to read (if I have time to read, lol!).

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    LOVE this stuff!!! My to do list is full of work, foster (kitty) stuff, volunteer work, and then those pesky little things that you have to do that keep your life moving forward (eat, shop, sleep, blah, blah, blah)!

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