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Downloadable Daily Planner Page to Help You Get Ready for the School Year

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For this household "Back to School" is an event more about getting organized than anything else. How else will we survive not being able to sleep in until 7:30 every morning?

I am not naturally an organized person. It's a real effort for me to keep on top of things in small amounts – daily loads of laundry, Friday Filing days in my home office, a housekeeping schedule. I am addicted to the sense of accomplishment that comes from conquering household mountains. This is not a very efficient way to run a household.

So, back in the spring I started keeping a binder as my kind of my portable office. Over the course of the summer I've actually kept at it pretty consistently, planning my days every evening – and sometimes as much as a week in advance.

To you this might seem a small thing, but to me, I see the consistency of my using a plain old (although beautiful) red leather notebook and a three-hole punch to keep track of our needs and schedules as a glimmer of hope that I might actually be turning things around and getting – dare I say it? – good at my job as a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer. I am unable to subscribe to others' plans for organization, but, happily, it looks like I'm fully capable of coming up with one on my own.

Now that I've found a way to function week-to-week instead of day-to-day, maybe I can actually start training to conquer a REAL mountain (since I've scheduled time for exercise several times a week).

In case you're anything like me and need a simpler solution for organizing your household for free (or close to it) using materials you have on hand, I put together a daily planning page, available at my website. All you need to get everyday organized is a binder, a three-hole punch and a printer.

Visit NNY Life to download your copy!

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