Given this constant cycle of mess, clean-up, mess, clean-up, mess, mess, mess, getting organized is totally overwhelming. Who wants to organize after cleaning up? And so, I usually accept my state of disorganization, even happily. After all it carries with it an exciting element of surprise. You really never know what you might find in the pantry! Or just when you thought you ran out of diapers, one pops up in your husband's sock drawer. All that is fun until your husband asks you for that really important document that you really remember putting somewhere but really don't know where. That's when the tension starts. Or, when you're running out of the house and you just know you left your camera in the letter box, yet it's not there and you momentarily suspect the housekeeper of thievery even though you really know it's your own fault of disorganization.
So, as these are true stories, I decided to get my home and life organized, despite it's short life span. I've found a home for my camera, stocked up on diapers, and bought cute storage containers to tidy up my pantry. Now I'll certainly be motivated to return the misplaced pieces of chalk and crayons so they don't obscure the pretty view of pasta and cereal.
While I'm at it, I even made checklists of food and home supplies, thereby saving my husband nocturnal trips to the 24hr Walgreens because I forgot (again) to buy infant tylenol despite having spent a considerable amount of time at Target the very same morning.
These checklists that I've created and some that I've found online will help get yourself happily organized. It will relieve anxiety and make you happier and more productive. If you're house is a total mess (like mine was), make yourself a favor and get a housekeeper to help you! You'll feel like you lost 10 pounds. And then, streamline your weekly routine and responsibilities with these fun documents.
I've included my food and home shopping checklist, my Shabbat preparation menu and checklist (the idealized version, not everything on there ends up being made!), and some fun documents that can help you remember to do things you always (conveniently) forget! (like sweeping under the rug or your mother-in-law's birthday)
And because it just wouldn't be appropriate to post without a "photograph," I've taken a portrait of my lovely Oxo containers I finally caved in and purchased, albeit on sale!
p.s. I know not everyone has nana, gamadim, and borekas on their food list (can you tell I'm Israeli?) or plastic cutlery (for all those greenies), so you can easily make your own checklists and be inspired by these.
p.p.s. in case you were wondering it's Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pasta and Cheerios :)
p.p.s. Please share these with anyone whom it can benefit. I'd love to know I've helped someone!
The list of lists:
My Food Shopping List
My Home Inventory List
My Shabbat Checklist
A Helpful Weekly Cleaning Checklist (courtesty of Simplemom.net)
Dates to Remember