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Downloadable Daily Planner Page to Help You Get Ready for the School Year


For this household "Back to School" is an event more about getting organized than anything else. How else will we survive not being able to sleep in until 7:30 every morning?

I am not naturally an organized person. It's a real effort for me to keep on top of things in small amounts – daily loads of laundry, Friday Filing days in my home office, a housekeeping schedule. I am addicted to the sense of accomplishment that comes from conquering household mountains. This is not a very efficient way to run a household.

So, back in the spring I started keeping a binder as my kind of my portable office. Over the course of the summer I've actually kept at it pretty consistently, planning my days every evening – and sometimes as much as a week in advance.

To you this might seem a small thing, but to me, I see the consistency of my using a plain old (although beautiful) red leather notebook and a three-hole punch to keep track of our needs and schedules as a glimmer of hope that I might actually be turning things around and getting – dare I say it? – good at my job as a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer. I am unable to subscribe to others' plans for organization, but, happily, it looks like I'm fully capable of coming up with one on my own.

Now that I've found a way to function week-to-week instead of day-to-day, maybe I can actually start training to conquer a REAL mountain (since I've scheduled time for exercise several times a week).

In case you're anything like me and need a simpler solution for organizing your household for free (or close to it) using materials you have on hand, I put together a daily planning page, available at my website. All you need to get everyday organized is a binder, a three-hole punch and a printer.

Visit NNY Life to download your copy!

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