Wanna know a little secret?
Lean in really close 'cuz I'm not too sure how comfortable I am letting this out.
I know I APPEAR to be really organized, but I'm actually not. It's all a bit of a facade. I'm really only organized on paper. TRUE STORY.
Like any naturally unorganized person desperate to maintain an element of sanity, I've learned over the years HOW to be organized...I've learned to develop methods, systems, and routines that make my days a bit more efficient. But, behind all those fancy plans and procedures...way in the back...where no one else can see...is a big pile of disorder.
Don't believe me? Just take a look at the current state of my spice drawer. (This post contains affiliate links.)
(I apologize in advance if some of you uber-organized mommas are breaking out into hives right about now just looking at this picture.)
I, for one, find it easy to ignore the chaos knowing that I can just push the drawer shut and no one ever has to know my dirty little secret. (OK...so now YOU know about it. But you're not gonna tell. Are you?!) I've long since shoved the "spices-in-alphabetical-order" dream to the bottom of the priority list.
Unfortunately my spice drawer is not the only corner of my home in desperate need of a Container Store-style rescue makeover. Don't even get me started on the bottom of my purse!
But, while my purse and spice drawer sit in upheaval, the areas of my life that mean something to me...the ones that REALLY matter...like my faith, my family, and my friends...are right in order. I prioritize. I plan. I purpose to keep those areas of my life organized. THRIVING, not just surviving.
All too often, I've seen new-to-homeschool mommas lose track of those BIG THREE because homeschooling becomes an out-of-control chaos in their lives. In their desperate attempts to keep the many "plates" of the homeschool life spinning, they end up dropping the three that matter most.
Homeschooling is a big job. An important job. A noble job.
But, if not placed in the right spot on the priority list, homeschooling can easily become overwhelming and disorganized.
I can write all my homeschooling plans down and walk away!
So, while my spice drawer looks like a scene from Hoarders, my life...the three most important pieces of it anyway...doesn't have to. I can control the "beast" of homeschooling by ORGANIZING it so that it doesn't overwhelm my days.
|What a typical page in my planner looks like by the end of the week.|
2014-2015 Well-Planned Day PlannerNot surprising, the 2014-2015 Well-Planned Day Planner comes with all the amazing features that I've come to know and love.
- at-a-glance monthly calendars
- side tab dividers between each month
- encouraging monthly articles from the Home Educating Family Magazine
- a family memories page
- a greeting card registry for easy birthday/anniversary tracking
- a monthly budget planner
- a weekly/monthly cleaning schedule
- an important/emergency contact page
- both a teacher and 4 student scheduler pages
- 4 class plans to assist in curriculum purchases/records
- semester progress and attendance record sheets
- a complete, six-page Holiday organizer insert
- monthly schedules for read-alouds, field trips, and bill payments
- and weekly schedules for dinner menus and non-homeschooling "to dos"
- 4 removable report cards for annual record keeping
In addition, this year's planner also includes a few helpful sample pages to show you how to effectively utilize the planning sections.
My Current Favorite Parts of The Well-Planned Day PlannerEvery year it seems like I have new favorite parts to my planner. If you are a regular reader, you already know a few of them. And while I still like it for all of those wonderful reasons, I have grown to love it in other ways this past year.
It's BY homeschoolers FOR homeschoolers
I've looked at numerous planners over the years and have grown to appreciate the fact that THIS planner is just for homeschool moms. No other planner will do because no other planner really GETS IT. I mean REALLY gets it! This planner was created by fellow homeschool momma, Rebecca Keliher, with all the other plate spinnin' homeschool mommas in mind. She's successfully combined HOME and SCHOOL into one neat little paper trail by providing multiple specific-to-homeschool features.
It encourages a family rhythmI've recently landed on a new soap box...developing a family rhythm. Every family's rhythm is different...unique to their particular plans and purposes. The Well-Planned Day Planner helps me maintain a rhythm to my days...an order...a flow. While I don't necessarily like a pre-scribed schedule, I do like order. My planner helps me organize our days so that they flow IN RHYTHM not chaos.
It provides room for the un-planned
I love the "weekly priorities" space in the top right-hand corner of each 2-page spread. I use this little spot to jot down any "unplanned" ideas I have throughout the week like books I'd like to look up for possible future use, words that I've found my kids consistently misspelling so that we can work on them together, or telephone messages that I need to revisit when I get the chance.
I love that blank little box. It's a reminder to me that the un-planned...the detours of the day...need a space too!
The Nitty Gritty
- The 2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner retails for $26.95 plus shipping.
- Matching student, highschool, and college planners are also available.
- Make it a bundle for an even better deal! Combine The Well-Planned Day Planner, family wall calendar, and one-year subscription to Home Educating Family Magazine for 30% off.
- For more information, be sure to visit Home Educating Family on Facebook and Twitter or check out my original review.
Wanna win one?
Now's your chance to grab your very own copy of the 2013-2014 Well-Planned Day Planner. Along with three copies of my favorite homeschool planner, I'm also giving away five one year subscriptions to Home Educating Family Magazine! Eight lucky readers will win! There are several chances to enter. Just click on the +sign for every entry you wish to make.
No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years old or older and have a US address to enter. The winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and announced sometime after Friday, June 20, 2014. The winners will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to respond. If emails are not provided or the winners do not respond, the prize(s) will be forfeited and a new winner(s) will be randomly selected. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook.
***Mandatory Entry: To enter, be sure to leave a comment in the "comments" section of this post telling me what part of the planner sounds the most appealing to you. (Remember, simply leaving a comment does not ensure entry. You also have to click the +5 after you have commented.)
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I was given a copy of the 2014-2015 Well-Planned Day Planner in exchange for my thorough and honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own. I am not responsible if your experiences vary.