All together now

I have deadlines for three projects looming, so naturally here I am working on my latest unnecessary blog post. And what inspired this latest prose? That would be school starting in a week and the fact that I’m just now cleaning out the bin of papers we compiled from the previous school year.

Some people have somehow been led to believe that I have my act together. Make no mistake - I absolutely do not. Never have and fairly confident I never will. Nonetheless, I have evidently fooled the aforementioned “some people” and so now I shall share with you how you, too, can fool folks into believing you have your act together.

These are just a few tips - and, hey, some of them MAY actually help your life! I make no guarantees, though, and offer no refunds.

So first. Carry a planner. All the organized people have old-school, write it down planners. And I whole-heartedly believe that the act of writing down an appointment or practice or event will help me remember it better than putting it in my phone. However, one needs to remember to write it down in the first place. But if you merely carry the calendar around with the intention of filling it in, you can at least look like one of those people. BONUS - if you buy a planner like my favorite Minted ones that don’t have the dates filled it, this just became a money-saving tip because you don’t have to buy a new one every year. The plaid one shown above can be found here, and the entire Minted collection is here (they’re listed as journals, but you can customize it into a planner).


Second. I’m not a tidy person on the daily. I cannot for the life of me keep a place cleaned up, but I do a mean clean out event. This does create for some paper chaos during the school year, but I have it somewhat tamed. I have a bin on the counter with a folder for each kid. Anything that seems like we might need to reference later or want to keep goes in there. Ideally we clean it out on the regular, but realistically it happens on the annual. The papers we want and need to keep go into a file folder for that year in a big bin that I found on Amazon. You may be able to get by with one bin. A file cabinet would work too. BONUS - these bins ship in really big cardboard boxes that are great for collecting clothing and toys to donate (I prefer a local free store… more on that another time).

Thank You Outlines by Alethea & Ruth

Thank You Outlines by Alethea & Ruth

And for number three, well, this feels a little more random and unrelated, but also feels like one of those really big “oh wow she totally has her life together” things that actually takes very little time and effort. Send the thank-you note. Get a stash - Target, Minted, homemade - to have on-hand when you need one. Keep some stamps around too, and fire one off when the need arises. Any time I get one, I think “Dang. She’s a legit grown-up with her act together.” These are my favorite to keep around for end-of-the-year teacher notes from our family (my kids think it’s funny that it looks like “HANK YO” when you put them in the envelope).

So that’s what I’ve got for now, but who knows - this could be a continuing series as I continue to think of things that help me fake my way through life.

And as will always always always be the case, anything I post here are things I have actually bought (or at the very least plan or hope to) and use. A few of the links are affiliate links which earn me a small commission when you shop through them.