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Old Jan 5th, 2018, 13:06 PM   1
catty
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getting organised for 2018


I say this every year but this year is my year to be organised!

Iv bought a diary/organiser. Iv wrote in when i need to take holidays from work and birthdays.
Theres judt so many different areas to organise where to begin!

I need to get everyones addresses every time its a grandma or aunties bday/xmas i never have then i have to ask my mum and shes like AGAINNN i told you last time. So im actually writing it down for once!

I need to get all my important documents and update what needs to be kept and keep it extra safe. Like the last time i needed parental leave and found id lost my daughters birth certificate!

So basically every aspect of my life i want to organise

Im going to update as and when i manage.
Anyone got any hacks or want to join in.



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2018, 13:29 PM   2
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That's a good idea. I bought an organiser but ironically...i lost it lol. I'm good with remembering birthdays etc but the kids school and club stuff, and drs dentist appts etc is overwhelming so i really need to get them all wrote down in one place.
I also need to get organised more for xmas and the kids birthdays as the second half of the year is a nightmare for me and so expensive and planning ahead will definitely help.



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2018, 14:23 PM   3
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This is a great idea for a thread and I am going to follow for ideas.

Here is maybe an idea for Xmas: A few years ago, I copied out all my mum's addresses for people to whom she writes Christmas cards to and made it into a list with a table (boxes) so that she could tick them off as and when she wrote to them (she has so many that she writes in batches) and enough room for a little note whether they wrote back to her. I then printed it out for her with enough space for a few years' worth of ticks and comments. It would have been easier to leave this on a computer as a spreadsheet as things do change over the years but mum is not that handy with those. But maybe you are and this could work for you? My mum loved it while it lasted.



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2018, 14:37 PM   4
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I find the financial side of things can be overwhelming and if i budgeted it over the year it would be so much easier. My daughters and my bday is june, sons July and husbands August alongside summer expenses i feek this is an area of the year i really need to get better with.
I also find i never save any money for school holidays which can leave us bored at times or me spending to much on days out and struggling end of the month when i could have cut down a little other weeks and kept money for it.

Angel thats a great idea!i only send about 5 in the post but would be so handy for the neighbours as sometimes they send there name but dont write housenumber and iv not a clue who anyone is haha. Would be good if i can find out names and actually remember who to write on the cards! (And who gave me back would be handy too)



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2018, 17:01 PM   5
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i'm also following this thread for ideas! every year i hate myself for forgetting to send cards for birthdays, i really want to keep a note of everyone's birthday and maybe buy all the cards in advance and have them written, sealed and a stamp on them ready to post on the date. i never actually do it though

i'm the same with asking my mum for addresses on the rare occasions i do remember to send things to people



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 02:25 AM   6
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I love being organised but it's getting a bit hectic with DH now working to a rota, DD being in school.
I have an organiser and rely heavily on my phone's calendar. I can put everything in my phone and colour code it blue-DH, Red-DD1, Purple-Me and Green-DD2.
For the house I got a white board from Wilko for 5 with the days of the week. I plan our meals weekly so food shopping I don't go crazy, I also put DH shifts and any appointments for the week so DH can see (he isn't very organised)
With our finances we have just been told our overdraft is being reduced so I've had to document every spend to make sure we don't go over and get charged. This is all on excel and I check our bank every night to keep up to date.
We don't have many birthdays to worry about but the girls are invited to sooo many parties, I'm thinking to stock up on birthday cards and little gifts (I don't spend more than 5)
All sounds a bit OTT now lol but I do love it and it's actually what I do for work so isn't a major task.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 03:35 AM   7
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I've just bought the 'busy b family organiser' think it used to be called the organised mum.
My kids are now in nursery and primary school so parties playmates and school stuff are constant and i usually forget, so with this diary I have a space for all my thing and there are spaces on the opposite page for up to 4 other people.

I can't wait to start using it properly.

I'm also trying to be more organised with money, I'm going to stop using my card to buy everything cos it builds up and before you know it you've soent a fortune with nothing to show for it so I'm loosely following the cash envelope system except using little mini bulldog clips instead.

Annnd...yesterday I gutted out the only real storage cupboard in my house so I can buy bits and bobs for birthday, anniversaries and Christmas etc throughout the year ☺

Following this for more tips and advice!

I'm going to make sure 2018 is the year for me and my boys.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 06:15 AM   8
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Some great ideas here! I like the whiteboard idea cause my OH is the same and relies on me completely!



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 06:51 AM   9
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These sound like great ideas I want to get more organised for 2018 too!



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 06:54 AM   10
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Another thing i need to get on top of is the recycling (im so glad use are here noone want to talk to me about this stuff haha)
So is it just me or is there now cardboard and tins everywhere!!!! I have a plastic storage thing and i put it in there and then before i know it its overflowing! I need to get into a routine emptying it every day or two.
I also need to get organised with kids clothes, when they outgrow i chuck it into a big cupboard and then every 6 months or so i sort if - thing is it then becomes such a big job. Must get on top of that and donate or give away when i get a small pile.



 
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