Today I’m going to share with you my best way to getting organized on a budget. Why? This is a very simple step you can take starting tomorrow and it doesn't cost you a single thing.
The other day I asked the hubby to add something to my monthly grocery list. I said, “It’s in the white binder there on the table.”
“This big one?”
“No, the other one.”
“No, the white one.”
As he flipped through the pages of the correct binder I heard him mutter, “OCD”, under his breath. I just couldn't help but reply,
“Why yes, I am a little OCD, but that means there is food on the table each night and groceries in the pantry and sanity left at the end of my day after working and caring for the baby!”
That was the end of that discussion! (And yes, my item got added to my grocery list!) The truth is, yes, I have several binders full of things I need to get me through each day. I’m a stay at home, work from home mom and homemaker. Like many of you I have a million little things I need to get done each day otherwise this nice little system that we enjoy so much will break down.
How’s that for pressure? It’s really not that bad…it’s not like the end of the world if I don’t get the dishes done one day or if I don’t get supper ready until after hubby comes home and we end up just eating pancakes (which we happen to love anyways). But it does make for a more stressful day and then more things added to the next days’ to-do list.
So where is a good starting place to get organized and get going? I’ll let you in on my secret…
I get up early.
Seriously. I've found that if I get up an hour and a half to two hours before the rest of the family I can get a ton done. (I usually get up around 5 – 5:30 and get the rest of the family up at 7.)
And I know this sound crazy, especially if you aren't a morning person…but you can ask my mom, when I was growing up I was not in any way a morning person! But you know what? It grows on you after a while. I actually enjoy my mornings more than any other time during the day. It’s quiet and peaceful and incredibly productive. Before, I would get up at the same time as everyone else, feel totally overwhelmed for hours and maybe finally get showered and cleaned up at about noon. I was not enjoying that at all and it was not working for our household very well!
But then I decided I wanted to start getting up and making hubby breakfast in the morning so we could eat together before he left for work. I liked it so much I started getting up earlier and earlier until I realized how productive I could be!
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