I get a lot of questions from people about how I “do it all,” to which I respond “I don’t!” But, I will say that I do a lot: a stay at home mom to three boys under 8…a work at home writer and blogger…an Army wife….and now adding homeschooling to the mix!
It isn’t easy to fit it all in the days and I never quite manage to get everything done but the key to being able to handle all of those things is organization.
There is NO way I could get everything done without being organized…and being a creative person who loves things looking pretty I couldn’t organize without my Sharpies-I seriously hoard them and keep them in mason jars right on my desk for easy access! You may have seen me on Instagram picking up some new ones at Staples recently:
For our homeschooling-this is still pretty new for us and it’s a work in progress! Right now we each have a binder-I have a binder with curriculum guides and my weekly planning sheets for the boy’s work. I have a separate sheet for each boy divided by day and subject where I write their assignments for each day. I usually spend and hour or so Sunday evening prepping for the next week. I can also highlight and make notes on this sheet to keep track of anything we might need to review more or if the boys show a lot of interest in a particular subject I’ll make a note so we can study it in more depth (part of the fun of homeschooling!)
*I love these Sharpie highlighters that clip right into my binder-how cool!*
I plan my posts usually 3-4 week ahead of time and try to get them fully written and scheduled a week ahead but usually I’m still putting the final touches on them a few days prior. By planning far in advance I can get things done more efficiently…so if I get my sewing machine out to hem some curtains I can also see that I will be doing a post with new pillow covers soon so I can just plan one block of time for sewing for both posts rather than having to drag my machine out of storage twice, etc. And because I knew I was planning that pillow post last month I would have already written in my calendar to order the fabric and have it on hand a few weeks in advance so no last minute runs to the fabric store!
So that, my friends, is how I attempt to “do it all,” even though it never all gets done! Do you have any helpful hints on how you stay organized and on top of your busy life? I’d love to hear them in the comments!!
Also, is anyone else a Sharpie hoarder like me? All Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine assortment packs and Sharpie Neon Markers are currently on sale at Staples through August 24th while supplies last-it’s a great time to stock up, especially if you’re like me and tend collect them in every variety!!