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Some Tips For
Organizing Your Life

Let's face it, you're not only a wife and mother, but you are also a full-time schoolteacher, housekeeper, chauffeur and cook - among many other things. Keeping all of these jobs straight can be overwhelming and leave you feeling frustrated, burnt-out and exhausted. Organizing your life in the small areas will help you to make them routine so that you can devote more time to thinking about bigger things, like taking care of aging parents or sick kids, where to go on vacation or anything else that might pop up.

Which of the following descriptions fits you best?

  • You have a good handle on organizing your life most of the time.
  • You are organized in some areas of your life, but not in others.
  • Organized? Is that French for "Who took out the trash?"

Whichever one you happen to be, I'm sure you agree that there is always more you can learn.

Being organized happens to be one of my favorite things to focus on. Yes, at times I become obsessive about it, but it usually doesn't last too long before I chill out and go back to normal mode. I also enjoy helping other people find ways to be more organized. I am a big advocate of:

  • Making lists
  • Scheduling your day
  • Keeping necessary papers in notebooks and folders
  • Routinizing things in your daily life as much as possible

On the next couple of pages, I will share with you some of the ways in which I have used the above mentioned items to help me. Hopefully you will also find something that will help you to lead a more organized and peaceful life.

If you're ready to jump right in and would like a step-by-step guide to help you get going, check out my book "A Plan for Joy in the Home".

Just Keep Trying!

Let's face it, we have taken on a big job by homeschooling our children. While God does not expect perfection in every area of our lives, He does expect us to keep on trying. If you are struggling to be organized in one or more areas of your life, don't give up hope. By reading and talking to others who appear to be better at it than you are, you can glean all kinds of useful tips to help you down the right road. The ideas contained in this section have come from years of reading, studying and observing all kinds of books and people.

Don't be worried, however, if something that seems like a great idea doesn't work for your family. Every family is different, so if it doesn't work for you, keep searching for something that will. The important point is to keep trying. You will find that as you become more adept at organizing your life, your family and home will become more peaceful. Remember two important points:

1. Children like structure, not chaos.

2. Our God is a God of order, therefore we should try to imitate Him as much as possible.

You can do it; you can begin being more organized today! Just browse the different areas below and begin implementing those ideas that you think might be helpful to you and your family.

Remember, the Blessed Virgin was the most perfect mother on earth, turn to her for help and guidance.

Organizing your life: 
Let's hit those troublesome areas!

Important Homeschool Classroom Ideas and Considerations

Homeschool Planners for students and teachers

Home Organizing Tip #1 - The Mail

Home Organizing Tip #2 - the Central Calendar

Home Organizing Tip #3 - the Laundry

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