Yes, I had the opportunity to ask The Organization Expert–Julie Morgenstern a few questions that I thought would interest my readers.
Being a working (outside and inside the home) mother, wife, and First Lady…it can get pretty hairy trying to keep everything together. I believe that hardest part for us is maintaining a process for getting out of the house on time with everything that we need, coming home to a semi-organized environment, and keeping everyone’s schedule organized.
I asked these questions to Julie to see what she recommending to get us in the right frame of mind:
Julie suggests a helpful tool called the Balanced Life Planner which combines calendar & to-do lists for easy reference.
She says, “As a productivity expert, I spend my days helping people around the globe organize their time and lives to achieve their goals. That includes overcoming bad time management habits, building new ones, learning to focus on what really matters, and tracking the vast amount of ideas, thoughts, and information they need to manage their busy lives.”
Studies show over 60% of people prefer paper for their to-do lists and notetaking. If you (or someone you love) are feeling digitally deluged, and ready to embrace your passion for writing things down, (and crossing them off!), check out these notebooks and planning tools.
The Balanced Life Planner will help you make good decisions about what you need to do and where you need to be.
It contains time slots from 7am-11pm and provides ample space for planning both professional and personal time which combats the subliminal message that planning is only for work, and improves balance.
Julie has a few suggestions on preparing, organizing and keeping the house presentable:
Transporting meals to and from school, meetings, etc: “Transporting meals just became a whole lot easier with this partitioned box from Black & Blum. It’s got everything you could ever want for your favorite meals on the go: a watertight seal, two separated compartments to neatly partition foods, a clever dipping divet (think salad dressing, soy sauce, etc), and an attached fork.
Sleek and modern, it revolutionizes the “brown bag lunch” into a stylish and utterly cool food-transport system. you can transport your favorite food duos in separate compartments, keeping everything fresh.”
Keep your dishes organized in the kitchen: “This dish rack from Black+Blum has the two qualities that I always look for in a great kitchen tool: highly functional and fabulous!
It features a wave of spikes to hold your delicate dishes and glasses and an optional flip-up drainage spout, and folds flat so you can easily tuck it away when not in use. That’s the functional. As for fabulous, just look at its uber-cool architectural design. It artfully elevates the mundane dish rack to an everyday modern wonder!”
Organize products that maximize storage in your home – “The flatware organizer has expandable wings that guarantee you won’t waste an inch of precious drawer space. Drawers can be all different sizes, and individual modular units never fit quite right.
This cleverly expands to utilize the entire width of your drawer, so it’s like a custom fit – without the contractor or the tools.”
Thanks to Julie Morgenstern for sharing her expertise and taking the time out to answer my questions. We hope to hear more from her on A Wife, Mother, First Lady.
**This is not a sponsored post but all of the above items can be purchased at OpenSky.com***