November 16, 2010 | | 1 Comment Let us face it, organizational skills is a gift and you either have it or you don’t. I can honestly say that I do not have the wonderful gift of organization but I am learning how to stay organized to keep my life balanced and in check. Since becoming a mom, I have learned quite a few tips and tricks from seasoned mothers on how to keep the busy mom organized.Â It took some discipline on my part but I am definitely a better person because of it and you can be too if you struggle with keeping things organized. I am so very excited to share with you what I have learned and I look forward to hearing some tips and tricks you asÂ busy moms have learned as well.Â Because I have an abundance of things to share this topic is going to be broken into two parts, part 1 and part 2.Â Part 2 will be published on Thursday. Organize Your Busy Schedule We know this is a must with all of our crazy schedules and all the things we have to do in our daily lives, including our kids and spouses.Â Here are a couple ideas to help get you on the path to staying organized with schedules: Create or buy a dry-erase board or calendar to write down all of your weekly activities, appointments, and events.Â Be sure to keep this where you can see it at all times.Â Might I suggest a magnetic one for your refrigerator.Â I found a fun little site where you can purchase personalized weekly charts and they are magnetic and so cute and fun.Â I found mine at Inky Dinky Doodles. In the words of chef “Emeril” “you can take it up a notch” by color coding your calendar to easily keep track of everyone’s appointments, activities, and events.Â This has really helped me and I have been consistent with it for a year.Â This is huge for me! I have learned it’s okay to say NO!Â Don’t over schedule yourself and your family. You definitely want to avoid burnout and overload.Â I have learned my lesson on this one since I haveÂ a hard time saying no to people, but I am getting better.Â You just can’t do it all. For scheduling dinner meals into your busy schedule, do weekly menu planning so that you can easily prepare your meals quickly and easily so that everyone is eating healthy and staying healthy. If possible menu plan to make meals that can last for two days, gotta love the left-overs.Â Don’t feel like you have to be supermom and make a meal for every single night! I thought I had to do this, and let me tell you, not a good idea! Too stressful, phewww! Make sure you include your studying times, etc. so that you don’t feel stressed.Â I have learned the nice thing about keeping a calendar is I can include every single thing going on in my life so that I don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed.Â I am the type of person that if I don’t see it written down, I will feel stressed and overwhelmed.Â This of course is no fun. Stay tuned for part 2 which will be posted this coming Thursday, November, 18th.Â This post will cover these topics: Â How to stay on top of household chores, how toÂ cut down on school papers, etc. and how to organize and store everyday items! Please feel free to share your tips and tricks with us!