The Big Declutter: Day 1

June 27, 2006 @ 10:28 am | Filed under: Month of Motivation

The Charlotte Mason curriculum post (part 4 in the series) is coming soon. First up, though, is tomorrow’s Carnival of Education, a collection of education-related posts by teachers, parents, and commentators all over the blogosphere.

Also in the works here at the Lilting House: a comparison of day planners and calendars. Since many of us use planners based on the academic year, it’s just about time to start shopping for a new one. I’ll be reviewing the MomAgenda, the Catholic Woman’s Daily Planner, Franklin Covey, and more; if you’d like to chime in about your favorite organizational tools, drop me a note!

Closetday1Meanwhile: it’s Day Two of our Month of Motivation. This is the closet I tackled yesterday. I have no impressive after photo for you yet, but the kids and I made a lot of headway. We now know what is in some of those boxes. Hey, there’s the shoe I’ve been looking for for four and a half years!

Jenny at Big Slice is making progress too, with a week’s worth of simple menu plans. I think I want to eat dinner at her house on Thursday.


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  1. Oh, see, you’re making me want to tear apart my closets and organize! How fun that the whole family is involved!

  2. Thanks for visiting my new bloggy home. I have been lurker at your site before and I am glad to finally come out of the lurker closet.

    I have to tell you that I have used Franklin Covey Planners forever, but this year I decided to switch to a cheaper day planner system and it was a HUGE mistake. I will never do it again. I am a loyal Franklin Covey fan from now on.

  3. I don’t have a specific organizational tool to recommend, but I did want to mention a book that has a good planning system in it (along with a lot of other great advice). The book is called “Confessions of an Organized Homemaker: The Secrets of Uncluttering Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life” by Deniece Schofield. I started using her planning system about three years ago, but in that time I’ve customized it pretty heavily. I’m actually going back and re-reading the book right now because I feel that I’ve lost track of some of the functionality I once had. The two main things that initially attracted me to her plan were it’s flexibility (but with enough structure so that you don’t feel lost) and that there’s very little to buy for it. All I had to purchase was a small binder, a paper cutter, and an adjustable three hole punch – I make all the pages in a word processing program.

    I’ve looked at a couple of the planning systems you mentioned in your post and I’ve wondered about them. I’m looking forward to your reviews.