Organizing My Day {how I did it}

I have been inconsistent for a few months now.  That’s because I’ve been waiting on God.  There were some pretty big crises in my life and I had to take some time to weed through things.  One thing I’ve been doing is getting my priorities straight.  It’s only now that I’m beginning to feel God’s release to come back to blogging!  I will still be in and out for a time, but please stick with me!

I wanted to share with you some of the things God has been teaching me.  I’m speaking to a local MOPS group this week, and I’ll be referring them here to connect with the resources they may want from our talk.

  • The very first thing I did as part of my lifestyle makeover is institute a die-hard prayer time.  I actually cemented this in to the daily schedule back in August.  5:00.  AM.  I hate getting up in the morning.  But for right now that’s when it works.  I am in a Good Morning Girls Facebook group and it has been a great help for accountability.

A couple of books that I have devoured during this time:

Streams in the Desert  (a daily devotional from the early 1900′s)

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life  (more on Receiving Grace here.)

  • The next thing I did was begin putting together a homemaking binder.  I know.  Everybody’s doing it.  And there’s a reason

Homemaking Binder (smal)

* In the past I have used the planner from Motivated Moms. for my daily schedule.  I love the planner, she has daily and weekly chores listed with sweet little boxes next to them so you can track your progress through the day.  I needed a little bit of a different system for now, but definitely still recommend her planner.!

  • Money Saving Mom may not know it, but she was one of my best friends through my binder planning.  She has a free ebook at her site, Time Management 101 that has all kinds of handouts for this, and she walks you through it.  Here are the downloads that I use for my binder:
  1. Goal Planning Forms (here’s a post to help you determine your priorities)
  2. Weekly Goal Planning Sheet (this will help you break your goals into bite-size chunks, my favorite step!)
  3. Household Management Forms(everything you’ll need from chore to menu planning)
  4. Daily Docket (your “to-do” list for the day) or you can print up a half page daily docket for a smaller binder.
  • One of my favorite bloggers, Amy Bayliss, has a great series on home management notebooks with even more schedules and printables.
  • I also bought a copy of FishMama’s Organizing Life as MOM.  She has printables and planning pages I used too.Homemaking Binder Pencil Pouch
  • At the front of my binder I added a pencil pouch with notecards, my favorite pen and pencil, and re-leading supplies.
  • Then, to top it all off, I went on a natural-cleaner-making spree and am pleased as punch about the wonderful smells and cleanliness around my house.  Amy Bayliss started this little foray with her 17 Days of Natural Cleaning Series.  (If you have boys and suffer from stinky bathroom sydrome, be sure to check out this post on Boy Bathroom Cleaner).

Now that I’m getting all my ducks in a row, I am able to begin planning and writing for the next stages of my online career.  Thank you all for your patience!!

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Christy can be found at the beach chasing naked toddlers and cheering on her young surfers. She founded One Fun Mom to share her imperfect life and encourage moms to love how God made them. She's delighted to have you join her and her fabulous writing team as you all journey closer to God and learn to love others through His example.

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  1. This is great, thanks for sharing the links! I use a full size binder to keep our life in order, and these printables will be wonderful!
    Banana recently posted..Healthy Bread In Five Minutes A Day -A ReviewMy Profile

  2. Glad to see you back. :) I’ve been working on updating my calendar/planner as well. As life changes, I have to re-evaluate. Thanks for the links for ideas.
    I’ve also read Grace for the Good Girl. It really made me think. I want to re-read it now.
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    • Thanks Anna! Yes, as each child’s age changes and our home needs change, I guess I have to re-evaluate. So next year I’ll probably have another system!

  3. Girl! You are my sister from another mother I know! I am doing a Good Morning Girls Facebook Bible study as well. On Ephesians. I LOVE it.
    And…in the hardest moments of my life I have read and re-read Streams in the Desert. My copy is all underlined and used up.

    So glad you are back. E-mail me if you want to chat.
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  4. Can’t wait to see what you do with your online space! You are so creative, thanks for sharing some great links!

    Angela

    Praying for you friend, don’t know all your trials but HE does! If you ever want an accountablitly blog/prayer partner email me, we have a lot in common!
    Angela Richter recently posted..Celebrating EasterMy Profile

    • We do have a lot in common, your comment made me feel happy inside! Thank you for the encouragement Angela. We’ll get to know each other better and better, and you may just be getting an email soon.

  5. Monica Ebersole says:

    Welcome back! I’ve recently been outing together a home management binder as well and will definitely look at the resources you have provided!! :) Thanks!

    • I just love the home management binder craze! Thanks for reading and commenting Monica. I can’t wait to get to writing more regularly! Love you, cousin!

  6. Hi Christy!

    I just wanted to drop in and say “Thank you” for coming to speak to us this morning at MOPS…it was wonderful, and so timely for me. I really related because I definitely struggle with that perfectionist/defeated cycle, and feel like I’m just beginning to hit my stride as a mom. I will definitely be looking into the resources you’ve listed, and starting to put together some of the principles and ideas you gave this morning! Thank you again for your time!

    ~Michelle
    (aka the other Trivium mom) ;)
    Michelle (aka mybelle101) recently posted..more changesMy Profile

    • Michelle, thanks so much for stopping by! I really enjoyed your group and am glad God uses us to do His work! I was blessed getting to visit with all of you this morning. :)

  7. Christy,

    One thing I really love about your blog is your honesty, and encouragement. Every time I stop by I leave feeling uplifted or that I am not alone. I was have a nugget to take with me for the day. I appreciate this today. I have been in a weird and rough place this year. The Lord has been reminding me to go back to the basics. What you shared was my basics and that led me to a much more productive life and somewhere life had rubbed me raw and I starting replacing the basics with unimportant things.
    Chrissy recently posted..Homeschool Convention RecapMy Profile

    • Wow Chrissy, your words are so sweet to read today. I too, have been in rough places this year and I hope to begin sharing what I’ve learned!

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