Getting organized with Cozi

source url Our family is going through something of a transition, and as a result, we are trying to manage our time better and organize our lives better. 

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Some time ago, I heard about an app called Cozi. At the time, I owned an Android phone and Cozi wasn’t available on Android. 

http://www.siproferrara.com/?where-to-buy-college-papers Now that I am an iPhone user, I decided to give Cozi a try. First, set up your Cozi with all your family members. You can also tie one account to the phones/devices of all your family so you can all keep one another updated. We have even synced my Cozi account with my daughter’s iPod Touch. 


This way, when you input calendar events for each family member, it color codes them and uploads them to each family member’s phone. 


Here’s a sample weekly calendar layout. See how each of our events are a different color? 


You also get an email from Cozi on Sunday nights reminding you of your schedule for the week. 


You can also upload recipes and schedule them for certain nights. Cozi will even build a shopping list of all your ingredients.


Cozi also includes a built in shopping list AND a to-do list. The type A in me is loving it, y’all. 

I love using Cozi. It has helped me to remember appointments, keep up with meals and shopping lists, and create a to do list to help keep everything straight. And best of all, Cozi is free. There is a premium version but the free one does everything I need. 

I highly recommend you give it a try.  For more information, visit the Cozi website. 

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Back to school: how we save time in the morning 


Preparation is key to a less stressful morning. Do Anything you can do ahead of time to get yourself prepared for the next day. Some people are far better at this than I am, but I still want to take the time to share what works for us.


1. Use an agenda to be more organized overall

I like to read my agenda the night before to make myself aware of any to do list items for the next day, and any appointments or meetings we might have. This way I don’t have any “surprises” and I know what I’m facing (for the most part) when walking out the door.


2. Get your clothes ready the night before. 

I like to lay out everything I’ll need AND make sure it’s ironed the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning. This includes workout clothes and my work outfit, down to undies and shoes. I do this for my kids’ clothes as well.


3. Use grab and go breakfast items. 

I like to make several breakfasts ahead of time and freeze them. Then I just grab them, heat them and eat them. It saves a lot of time.

4. Put everything you’ll need by the door. Then you can just grab it and walk out.

5. Pack lunches the night before so you aren’t scrambling to do it in the AM. 

6. Unload your dish washer at night so you can put your dirty breakfast dishes in the dishwasher before you leave. 

7. Check your bags the night before to make sure you aren’t missing anything you need. 


Lastly, don’t forget to say goodbye to your loved ones!! I hope this list has been helpful! What do you do to prepare for your day the night before?

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10 ways to get organized before school starts


Some of us have only precious few days until school starts back. Others of us have a little longer, but chances are we are all beginning to prepare for the school year.

Even if you haven’t yet bought school supplies, I bet you have at least obtained a supply list so you’ll know what you need.

Today I’d like to share a few tips for getting organized for the new school year.


1. Clean out your children’s dressers and closets.

This will not only help you to be able to find things more quickly; it will also help you to see what school clothes you need to buy. When I cleaned out my daughter’s closet, I realized I didn’t need to buy as much as I thought I needed. 


2. Don’t wait till the last minute to get school supplies 

Go school shopping as soon as you get the list (if you can). Waiting til the last minute can mean some of your supplies with be hard to find.


3. Create a designated homework station

Have an area free of distractions where your student can concentrate and have all his or her supplies on hand.


4. Have a pin board or folder to display artwork or important papers. 


5. Plan and create some make ahead meals 

The beginning of a school year is always crazy but you cannot sacrifice nutrition. Make ahead some nutritious meals and all you’ll have to do is take them out of the freezer and cook them. 


6.  Start practicing your family’s back to school routine at least two weeks before school starts

No one likes waking up a cranky, sleepy kid and dragging them out of bed. To make it easier on everyone, get back into your school routine by going to bed early and waking up early before school starts back. 


7. Purchase a calendar or agenda that works for you and use it 

Write down everything and get into the habit of checking over your calendar each night before you go to bed. 


8. Establish a cleaning routine that works well for your family. 

Few can clean their whole house all at once every week. Establish a routine where you can clean a little bit each night. 


9. Prepare for tomorrow as much as possible on the night before.

Before you go to bed, get ready for tomorrow as much as you possibly can. Pack your lunch, lay out clothes, make sure your clothes are ready. Put your bag and everything you’ll need by the door. Put the coffee in the pot and set the timer. Know what you want to eat for breakfast. Mornings are stressful, but preparing for them makes them easier. 

10. Relax and look forward to the new school year. I hope your summer has been wonderful. 

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Using an agenda as a bullet journal…and being more organized as a result


I used to create and print this eleaborate calendar. It was great, but too big and too bulky, and it wasn’t very durable. It was also time consuming to design and assemble.

Enter this pretty little $14 agenda from Anthropologie.

It has whole month calendar pages

And weekly pages as well.

There are also blank pages in the back, which I’ve used for a number of things. Some of them I have used to paste in my own pages.

And on others, I draw or write in whatever I need it to be.

Now that I’m getting into bullet journaling, I can see how these boring, handwritten lists will be much more eye catching in the future.

I met a girl at a teaching workshop I attended earlier this year who had a gorgeous bullet journal. She graciously allowed me to photograph it.

I am learning to use my agenda to organize the things I am scheduled to do, the things I need to do, and the things I want to do. I am also using it to set some goals and keep track of other things.

Each evening, I look back over my day and I look to tomorrow to get a good idea of what I need to accomplish. I also make sure I’m ready for the next day.

I am encouraging my readers to share their agendas. How do you use your agenda? What does it look like? Do you make your own from scratch or customize a pre-made one like I do? Please comment and show me your agendas.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

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Make it Monday: Free printable home maintenance checklist 


We have certain regular tasks we do to keep our home looking nice inside and out.

Because there are so many of these tasks, we need a checklist so we remember them all. …and we need to remember whether we’ve already done them. 

I simply print two copies- one for the fridge and a 5×7 copy that I attach to my planner. 

I have attached a free printable checklist for you so you can see how we keep up with our regular household chores. To print, simply right click, and save to your device.


Have a wonderful week!

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Thursday tips and tricks: Simplifying your cleaning routine


I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have a clean house. In fact, with two children in single digits, it’s almost never clean. 

If you come to my house and it looks clean, it’s probably put away and straightened, but not spotless.

I used to be the mom who’d spend all of Saturday morning cleaning the house, but then I realized we’d lose our entire day to house cleaning. 

I realized I needed to do some sort of daily cleaning. I found this cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and I liked the idea of it, but I needed to adapt it so that it met our needs.

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You won’t be able to find a one size fits all solution for your family, but you can find an idea you like and adapt it for your needs.

So, is my house perfectly clean now? No. But it is cleaner than it used to be and I don’t have to lose my whole Saturday to cleaning. 

Which gives me more time with these sweeties:


And that’s a win in my book. 

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Taming the paper clutter 

​I don’t know about you, but we surely seem to be drowning in paper, and I don’t mean the spendable kind.  
Each day,  it seems like there is a lot of mail, Emorie’s school papers and who knows what else.  I thought for this week’s organization post we could talk about methods of management for all the papers. 

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1. Sort that mail!
In our house,  we have three mail bins. One is for outgoing mail,  while the other is for bills and one is for anything that needs to be filed. Anything else goes straight to the shredder.

3. Use a paper shredder 

You would be surprised how much junk mail we get each month. Our papery shredder really comes in handy.  I’ve started shredding junk mail as soon as it comes in.  

5. National “Do Not Mail” List 

Yes,  it’s a thing and it’s awesome. Remember when the “do not call” list first became popular? This is the same kind of thing but for opting out of Unwanted bulk mail. I encourage you to try. 

6. Finance binder

We use a finance binder to hold on to bill stubs and other documents.  It’s nice having all of those things in one convenient place and it truly does help you track where your money is going. 

7.Put Those School Papers in A Folder

We use two fingers at our home.  One is for parent communications and one for homework.  This is working well so far. 

What paper organization tips do you use? Feel free to comment below and share!!
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Thursday- Fall house maintenance

Each year, there are things we do around the house. Some of these maintenance items are completed once yearly, some twice yearly, and some every two years. Some are just done on an as-needed basis. Either way, there are things we try to make sure we budget for and get done to keep our house in tip-top shape. Each year, we go through our binder and write what month we want to do these things. That helps us know when to budget for them too.

Here is a list I created and slipped into our home management binder to help us keep track of these things each year:

Twice yearly maintenance:
*pressure wash fencing
*pressure wash house
*clean porch furniture
*clean out closets (done in conjunction with seasons changing)

Once yearly maintenance:
*New pine straw
*Prune shrubs
*Separate bulbed plants
*Clean porches
*clean out flower beds, raised beds, and container gardens

Every other year maintenance:
*paint porch railing
*paint shutters
*paint front door

I currently have this on notebook paper in our binder. I am working on a checklist document that I’ll share with you all as soon as I’m done with it.

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Common Sense Cleaning: Deep cleaning days

You’ve all seen my weekly cleaning schedule. However, there are a few chores that I do monthly, but don’t include on that schedule. Due to my husband’s job, he is on call every other week. This means he cannot leave the county. Emorie and I could and he would be ok with this, but we generally use those Saturdays as a good opportunity to get things done around the house. Yesterday, I did just that. Emorie was at a play date with her cousin, so I got to work.

Deep cleaning days are just like a mini-21 day challenge. I love it because it gives me extra time to get to those chores that don’t quite need to be done weekly, but need to be done more than every other month.

The first thing I did was dust the mini-blinds in each room. We live on a dirt road, and even though we rarely open our windows, some of that dust still finds its way in our house. We dust a lot! Just dusting the mini-blinds alone took almost all day. I used a multisurface cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.

Next, I took to giving the bathroom fixtures a more extensive scrub then the weekly scrub they’re accustomed to getting.

Once I’d accomplished both of those tasks, I cleaned the baseboards in each room. A dryer sheet works wonders for cleaning baseboards. The dust sticks to them like glue and it makes your room smell amazing!

Next Saturday Michael won’t be on call and we will actually go somewhere and do something fun. The Saturday after that will be another deep cleaning day. Here are my plans for my next deep cleaning day:

Wash all shower curtains and display towels
Wash all bath toys
Move furniture and sweep/vacuum and mop underneath it (I anticipate this chore to take the longest amount of time).

Other things I like to do on deep cleaning days include washing windows inside and out, wiping out the fridge and freezer, dusting cabinets and bathroom vanities, washing comforters and scrubbing the porches and walk ways.

Sometime in the near future, I plan on washing all of E’s stuffed animals and sanitizing her toys.

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Common Sense Cleaning: Deep cleaning days

You’ve all seen my weekly cleaning schedule. However, there are a few chores that I do monthly, but don’t include on that schedule. Due to my husband’s job, he is on call every other week. This means he cannot leave the county. Emorie and I could and he would be ok with this, but we generally use those Saturdays as a good opportunity to get things done around the house. Yesterday, I did just that. Emorie was at a play date with her cousin, so I got to work.

Deep cleaning days are just like a mini-21 day challenge. I love it because it gives me extra time to get to those chores that don’t quite need to be done weekly, but need to be done more than every other month.

The first thing I did was dust the mini-blinds in each room. We live on a dirt road, and even though we rarely open our windows, some of that dust still finds its way in our house. We dust a lot! Just dusting the mini-blinds alone took almost all day. I used a multisurface cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.

Next, I took to giving the bathroom fixtures a more extensive scrub then the weekly scrub they’re accustomed to getting.

Once I’d accomplished both of those tasks, I cleaned the baseboards in each room. A dryer sheet works wonders for cleaning baseboards. The dust sticks to them like glue and it makes your room smell amazing!

Next Saturday Michael won’t be on call and we will actually go somewhere and do something fun. The Saturday after that will be another deep cleaning day. Here are my plans for my next deep cleaning day:

Wash all shower curtains and display towels
Wash all bath toys
Move furniture and sweep/vacuum and mop underneath it (I anticipate this chore to take the longest amount of time).

Other things I like to do on deep cleaning days include washing windows inside and out, wiping out the fridge and freezer, dusting cabinets and bathroom vanities, washing comforters and scrubbing the porches and walk ways.

Sometime in the near future, I plan on washing all of E’s stuffed animals and sanitizing her toys.

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