Staying organized in this hectic life of mine

booksMy life is crazy right now.  Starting this new business, these two kids that want to be fed every single night, keeping up my home, trying desperately to keep up on my workouts, and so on is sometimes more than my mind can handle.  This could explain why I woke up the other night at 2 am, evidently dreaming that my alarm went off, and got into the shower and went down stairs and made my green tea, only to turn around and see the clock on the stove that said 2:12.

It wasn’t funny, okay maybe a little, but I REALLY hate laying on wet hair, like REALLY hate it.  It feels so nasty to me and gives me the creeps. But, I did it, because I mean really it was 2 AM!

Lately I have become kind of obsessed with starting fresh.  I have purged a ton of crap from my house, like my clothes, dishes, towels, sheet sets, toys, you name it and I’ve probably stuffed it into a bag and shipped it off to Goodwill.  I have been really trying to move over to the more minimal side of living.  With all of the big changes we have gone through lately it has really opened my eyes to the most important things, and that is my family.  I want to down size all the crap we own to make our lives more easily organizable.  Make sense?  Less stuff to organized = easier organized life.

So First I started by purging.  I sold, I donated, and I trashed.  Then, I grabbed a legal pad and wrote down every single area that I wanted to organize, and I mean every single area.  Medicine cabinet, under the kitchen sink, under the bathroom sinks, desk, junk drawer etc.  I listed each space individually so the tasks were easier to cross off.  It is much more realistic for me to ‘organize junk drawer’ than to ‘organize all kitchen drawers’.  Once I got started on that, it was kind of addicting.  I wanted to cross off more than one thing a day and before you know it I was crossing off 3 or 4.

Then I decided that I wanted/ needed to get myself a little more organized.  I am a pretty organized person when it comes to lists and stuff like that but sometimes those lists weren’t efficient.  I may have 4 different lists running for one day, and that just doesn’t work anymore.

I simplified things by making a Master List usually Sunday nights. I cross off and add things throughout the week and I take it with me everywhere.  You never know when you will think of something at a red light, and then forget to add it to your list before you get home, so take it with you.

On this list I add small projects that I would like to get done, which cleaning tasks that need to be done, work tasks, and then daily things that I would do anyway like empty dishwasher, do a load of laundry, and make your bed.  These things would probably get done even without me putting them on my list, but I REALLY take pleasure in crossing things off of my to-do list.  This makes it feel like I’m making progress, because essentially I am : )

I also found some apps that I like:

AnyList: Great for grocery lists.  It has lots of stored items in already so you can start typing hamburger patties and it’ll prefill it in for you. It also breaks them down into categories that you will be shopping in the store.  SWEET

Lift:  This little gem is pretty cool if you are goal focused.  Lately this is something that I have been trying to focus on.  Small goals, big goals whatever.  I use this app to keep track of those little goals.  Drink more water, no sweets, and then other challenging things like 25 push ups a day, 10 squats, and reading for 30 minutes.  These are just a few of the goals on my Lift list.  You can join accountability groups if you want, and it even gives you ideas of goals that you may not even be aware that you would like to set for yourself.  That is where I got the squat and push idea from.

What do you do to keep yourself organized.  Have you ever tried something new and loved it or was it a total fail?

 

My Go-to Shakeology recipe

I went many months chugging my Shakeology because it was so nasty, but I hated to let it go to waste.  Then my husband started drinking it.  HALLELUJAH! I didn’t have to stomach it anymore.  THEN one day, I just happened to decide to try it again, and I found the magic recipe.  I just happened to throw the miracle ingredients together and made this masterpiece.  Now, this is the ONLY way I drink it.  Again, I hate wasting, and I would hate to try and new recipe and it suck and I have to throw it out.  I just stick with this one to be safe.

My ingredients

My ingredients

Chocolate PB cup:

1 scoop Shakeology (chocolate)

1 heaping tsp Peanut butter

1 3 second squeeze of honey (precise measurements only here : ) )

7 ice cubes

7 ounces of water

7 ounces of almond milk

Couple shakes of cinnamon

Butt load of baby spinach

Directions: Blend to smithereens.

YUMMMY!

If you follow the 21 day fix, this is a great way to get in a green or two.  I always shoot for two just in case I find myself short a green come dinner time. 

DSC_0080I would have taken a picture of my final product, but I mean it’s just a shake.  It’s brown.  Honest to God, you cannot taste the spinach at ALL!! Just try it, you’ll be glad you did.

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Getting back into the groove

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I made this workout for all of us mommas out there who want out pre-baby booty back but don’t always have time away from those precious babies to hit all the fancy machines. You can do this in the living room, bedroom, office : ) Wherever. Love this! You WILL be sore the next day. […]

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Sprint Circuit

This workout is a calorie TORCHER!  It’s hard, you have to work your way up to the fastest (we aren’t even there yet) but it’s worth the push.   First, crank up the treadmill to your fastest ability.  Ours right now is an 8.  Straddle your treadmill.  Then GO! Sprint for 20 seconds, straddle and […]

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Favorite Things Friday

Another edition of the things I’m loving.  I’m kind of addicted to Amazon.  It’s a problem.  I haven’t made one Amazon purchase this week, and that is the first time since like September : /  See, a problem. 1.) Staedtler Triplus Fineline Pens They are so awesome, write super smooth, pretty colors and they are […]

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