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Back to School Items: myPlan for the Typically Busy Teen

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Believe it or not, back to school time is just around the corner and that means it’s time for parents to start planning their shopping. I have two tweens and keeping up with their schedules is insane. That’s why we teach them to keep up with their own schedules at an early age. It keeps mom and dad sane and helps teach them valuable lessons for the future.

Update: myPlan is no longer in stock and she now uses the I’m Very Busy planner by Ban.do. It’s the perfect size for her to carry around in her backpack, plus it has an elastic band to help keep it closed, an inside pocket, color-coded month tabs and a sticker page. 

My daughter loves to carry around a planner. We were given one to review and she loves it. It’s the myPlan.

The myPlan is an academic calendar for teen girls on-the-go. From the creators of MyAgenda and MomAgenda, coveted by scores of celebrities such as Rachel Zoe and Jennie Garth, myPlan was created specifically for teens with a jam-packed schedule and the smarts to know the importance of keeping it organized.

From classes to exams, sports practices to games, myPlan keeps you and your life organized with monthly calendars and week-at-a-glance views that include additional columns to personalize priorities such as exercise, meetings, etc. myPlan also contains a list of online resources (VIP websites), toll-free numbers and holidays, as well as an address book, lined paper for note-taking and monthly charts for keeping track of birthdays.

Best of all, myPlan, is small and portable. A mere 5 x 7 inches, it will easily fit in your book bag, gym bag or purse, making it the must-have planner for you and your peers – everyone in the 13-19 range (and beyond).

Where can you get one of these? Staples store nationwide. Head on over to your local Staples store and check it out!

Disclaimer: MomFabulous received the myPlan for this review. Opinions are my own and no additional compensation was received for this review.

10 Benefits You’ll Experience from Being Organized

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Are there really any benefits to being organized? Isn’t it more fun to live on the edge and fly by the seat of your pants?

If you have ever asked yourself those questions, then you may not be aware of the many benefits there actually are to being organized. It’s not about taking the fun or spontaneity out of life, but about getting the best from your life that you can.

Are there really any benefits to being organized? Isn’t it more fun to live on the edge and fly by the seat of your pants? Being organized isn’t about taking the fun or spontaneity out of life, but about getting the best from your life that you can. For me, benefit number 1 is really important.

10 Benefits of Being Organized

1.    You will have more time for yourself, your friends and your family.

When you live an organize life, you get things done faster. You spend less time looking for lost things and more time with the people you love. When my surroundings are chaotic, I am constantly looking for lost items, which not only takes up valuable time, but it puts me in one heck of a bad mood.

Freeing up your time will also allow you to read that book you’ve been meaning to get to for the past year, or taking that cooking class, or taking a friend out to lunch. We never get yesterday back. Make sure you get the most out of each day.

2.    You will save money.

You’ll always use up what you have and not buy duplicates because they are lost in the back of a cabinet somewhere. No more last minute purchases, which can add up very quickly, when you are organized.

Have you ever bought a kitchen gadget you thought you needed, only to find it months later crammed in the back of a drawer? Yep. Me too.

3.    You will achieve more balance in your life.

Now, when I say balance, I don’t mean that when you get organized, you’ll magically have enough time for everyone and everything on your list. That’s not what I mean at all. What I do mean is you can spend less time on the little things in life and more time on the big things.

For example, you can spend less time looking for things, and more time focusing on your health and your family. To me, that’s what balance means. Not giving everything the same amount of attention at the same time. That’s called IMPOSSIBLE.

4.    You and your family will be healthier.

There have been times in my life when I’ve been less than organized and my health shows it. If I’m too busy “cleaning” by moving one clutter pile to another, I don’t have time to dust and vacuum. And with the allergies my family suffers from, I need to make time to dust and vacuum.

Where my disorganization usually shows the most is in meal planning. We either end up eating junk or going out to dinner and eating junk (which results in spending more money) because there’s nothing in the fridge and I have no clue what or how to fix dinner from nothing. When I’m organized, we eat healthier. Bottom line.

I also exercise more because I have the time to do it and the energy because my disorganization isn’t draining the life out of me. Being organized for me really is a full-circle concept.

5.    Your professional life will improve.

Have you ever been so disorganized is just completely messes with your self-esteem? Been there! When I’m feeling less than excited about who I am as a person, it shows in my professional life.

And, since I work from home and for myself, I have to stay motivated to get things done. I don’t have a boss breathing down my neck. I do have deadlines, but still, when I get it done is all on me. When I’m organized, business is better.

6.    You will reduce the clutter around you.

Being surrounded by clutter is like dragging heavy chains around with you all day. (Side note: that hurts.) It slows you down, makes you tired and is just stressful. Getting rid of the clutter will help you to experience a sense of freedom. A sense of freedom from THINGS is a wonderful place to be.

7.    You will have more energy.

Most organized people are full of energy. Why is that? Because they take better care of themselves inside and out. I hate to make such a bold statement as that, but it’s something I have seen with my own eyes and know to be true.

When I owned a professional organizing business, I went into people’s homes who had nothing left to give because the clutter made them feel trapped. They were drained, exhausted, tired and any other word you can think of for the opposite of energy.

Being organized frees you up.

8.    You won’t mind last minute visitors in your home.

Not everyone likes people popping in on them, but for those of you who do, your friends and family could do so without you breaking into a cold sweat. You can invite them to sit down in a clean living room and even offer them something to eat and drink. Your home will feel inviting and comfortable.

Maybe, just maybe, you don’t like unexpected visitors in your home because you’re embarrassed by the clutter.

Now, there’s a difference between being organized and not minding people popping in on you, and thinking your home has to be absolutely spotless before you’ll let them in. I used to be this way and it’s not a fun way to live. It’s stressful to have someone ring the doorbell and you freak out because there are dishes in your sink, or some books laying around. That’s called living and it actually makes me more comfortable being in someone’s house when it’s a little lived in.

9.    You will be able to set and achieve your goals.

People who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them. Being organized can help you recognize what your goals are and map out a plan to achieve them.

When you have physical clutter, you also have mental clutter and both are exhausting. When your home is organized, it frees your brain up to think about the future. (And to be excited about it.)

10.    You will be an example to those around you.

Your children are watching and learning from you every day. Showing them how to be organized and get the most out of each day will be a lesson they can take with them for the rest of their lives. If you don’t want your children to be raised in chaos, make it your goal to get life under control. They will someday thank you and appreciate everything you did for them.

Again, I’m not saying to raise them up in a world of perfection. That’s not what they need. They need reasonable order, where they’re still allowed to make a mess (and clean it up) and just be kids. I had one friend whose parents would only let her have one toy at a time to play with, while the rest were locked up in a cabinet. She jokes she’s in therapy because of it. 😉

So there are ten benefits you’ll experience from being organized. I’m feeling quite motivated to work on a few areas of my home that are driving me insane! I hope you feel motivated and encouraged as well.

Can you think of any other advantages to being organized?

Here are some books I have personally read and recommend reading if getting organized is something that’s being weighing on you:

Are there really any benefits to being organized? Isn’t it more fun to live on the edge and fly by the seat of your pants? Being organized isn’t about taking the fun or spontaneity out of life, but about getting the best from your life that you can. For me, benefit number 1 is really important.

Here are a few more articles I’ve written on Organizing:

Home Organizing Tips -- There is one thing I do before I organize anything in my home. I do this before I touch one item, before I de-clutter and definitely before I head out to shop for storage supplies. This one thing has helped me create rooms and spaces in our home that truly work for us.

The ONE Thing I Do Before I Organize Anything

How to deep clean your fridge - Could your fridge use a little TLC? A clean fridge saves you money and time in the end. Here's an easy to follow, step by step guide. I also share how I organize my fridge and freezer for ease in finding things.

How to Deep Clean Your Fridge

These tips, resources and success stories show how the KonMari Method of cleaning and organizing your home can be life changing. Just like the title of her book states!

Have you heard of the KonMari Method?

Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets

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I had the chance to review the book Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. This book was exactly what I needed at this point in my life.

I am pretty certain the author, Lisa Quinn, could make any topic funny and interesting. She is funny. No, not just funny, but hysterical and makes the topic of housework worth reading about.

Here’s a description of the book:

In the tradition of Erma Bombeck and Peg Bracken, author Lisa Quinn Emmy Award-winning television host and recovering Marthaholic gets real on the follies of housekeeping. Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets is a crash course in Slacker Chic 101 that will have over-extended women everywhere laughing out loud and throwing in the towel the dishtowel, that is. Full of shortcuts and tricks for cleaning, decor, and entertaining, such as: the top 10 things you have to clean if you have company coming in 30 minutes; interior finishes that hide the most dirt; 17 meals made from a deli chicken; and much more, this wickedly funny guide helps women create the life they want without all the hard labor and without compromising style.

My Thoughts on Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets

Not only did I walk away with some great housework tips, but I walked away feeling good about my house and myself. Life is too short to worry about every little nook and cranny in your home.

When it really comes down to it, who the heck wants to be friends with the mom who’s house ALWAYS looks perfect and ALWAYS seems to have it together? No one! And guess what? She doesn’t ALWAYS have it together. There’s a screw loose in her head somewhere just like the rest of us, she just knows how to cover it up better.

Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets helps women to realize we need to loosen up. We need to stop trying to be a super housekeeper and focus more on what’s really important. You know what’s more important than dusted baseboards? Relationships. You know what’s more important than a 5-course meal? Actually enjoying the people who are in your home at that moment and not wishing they would leave because you spent all of your energy getting ready for them to come over.

Our world is turning into a world of people who want transparency and realness. I want to come to your house and see dust and toys scattered. You know why? It just makes me like you better and wants to be around you more.

In Lisa Quinn’s book, you will find humor and valuable information in chapters such as Less is More, Slacker Chic 101, Reality Check on Entertaining and The Half-Assed (Houseguest0 Hostess).

It’s truly a great read and one that has a permanent place on my bookshelf.

Disclaimer: I received the book for this review. Opinions are my own and no additional compensation was received for this review.

 

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