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How I Plan to Get Organized in 2018

I’d like to think I’m a pretty organized person. Well, organized in certain areas at least! At the start of every year I vow to “be organized” and I make these grand plans in my head of how I’m going to do just that. But then a month or two passes and I’m back on the mostly-organized-but-not-really bus. This year though, is going to be different! And I’m actually documenting how I’m planning to get organized, in hopes that writing it down in detail will help me stick with it.

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I’m breaking it all down into categories, mainly for my own sake. So, here we go!


  • Finish her 19-24 month photo book, and finally order both it and her 13-18 month book, store with others
  • On the last Sunday of every month, upload favorite photos into Shutterfly and Google Photos from phone, or laptop into appropriate folders
  • Start a 2018 family photo book (I’ll have 2 years of Adeline photo books already completed!)
  • Back up ALL photos on current MacBook onto new 2TB external HD, label, and store in safe (sooner or later this macbook is going to bite the dust and I want to be triple certain I have all her photos backed up in multiple places!)
  • Pack up all her clothes that no longer fit, label all her clothes boxes, and put up in the attic (this is mostly already done, but I’m about 2 months behind)
  • Put 2016-2017 artwork into her tub, label, store
  • Set up small bookshelf by Adeline’s kitchen for her kitchen appliances and dishes, start weeding out her “baby” toys and keep in separate bin, regularly switch out her playroom books and bedroom books so she isn’t bored
  • Regularly de-clutter Adeline’s toy boxes under TV in living room and move “old” toys to playroom


  • Stock up on laundry supplies in laundry room, organize bins on top shelf
  • Use family google calendar to track events, assign a color for each family member, also copy them all over onto calendar in kitchen for quick reference
  • Get large acid free photo storage box to store loose photos still in folders from the move
  • Get another shelving unit for garage to store baby gear
  • Buy fire escape ladder to keep upstairs
  • Label all holiday boxes more clearly, store in closet or attic strategically
  • Make emergency get out bag to keep in closet under stairs (water, flashlight, batteries, blankets, extra clothes, etc.)
  • Create cleaning schedule to keep on side of fridge – swiffer day, vacuum day, wipe off surfaces, etc
  • Purchase a cheap scanner and scan into family computer all of our most important documents (currently in a safe, but a digital version would be nice too!)
  • Simplify our closets/wardrobes – donate things we don’t ‘need’
  • Buy plastic box to put all medications/drugs above microwave into so they’re not just all over the cabinet
  • Organize kitchen junk drawer and keep it organized regularly

Blog & Work:

  • Schedule blog post ideas on calendar ahead of time
  • Assign Adam a 2-3x/month posting schedule
  • Respond to any comments before publishing a new post
  • Back up any client photos not already in Smugmug
  • Work from desk in upstairs office every morning (before inevitably migrating to the kitchen or couch)
  • Get fresh pens and notepad to keep on desk


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This is going to be an ongoing list, and project, but I think this is a healthy start for the new year. One thing I’m not doing in my quest for organization though is stressing about perfection. I’m not stressing over 5 posts a week, Instagram perfect photos, or reading this blog or that. I’m going with the flow, and getting back to the good ‘ole days when blogging was a source a joy. Same with my personal life – I’m determined to soak up this next year, and not let it pass me by too quickly. I want to unplug more, while still finding that balance between my digital life and real life.

2018 – I’m coming for you, and I vow to be more organized (and less stressed!) than ever!

How are you getting organized in 2018? Are you focusing on organizing photos, clothes, tasks, your life in general?



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    December 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Ohh toys. Ha I feel like no matter what I do, I’m constantly overwhelmed with them everywhere! But, it’s worth it. I need to make Annabelles second year book. And start Nolan’s. Gahhh I’m behind. Need to fix that!
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      January 2, 2018 at 9:52 am

      So many toys! I’ve tried SO hard to be as ‘minimal’ as possible without actually being minimal hahaha. And you can do it! Start those books TODAY!

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    December 29, 2017 at 8:55 am

    There’s an app I have on my phone that I scan documents with! It saves money (and space) since the app is free. It’s called Doc Scanner and it’s amazing when I need to send something in an email with a signature on it.

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      December 29, 2017 at 11:05 am

      I actually have that app too! I use it whenever I need to get something signed back to HR! Super convenient!

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    December 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I use the notes app on my phone to jot down blog post ideas when I’m on the go so I don’t forget!
    I’m working on organizing my dresser/closet…the thred up cleanout bag has arrived, so now it’s time to put it to good use!
    Happy New Year 🙂
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      January 2, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Ooh I need to try Thred Up still! And ditto to the notes app..total lifesaver!

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    December 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Looking back on 2017 I’m really happy with the progress I made in this area! Our life is running like clockwork now and I want to keep it that way!
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      January 2, 2018 at 9:50 am

      I’m so proud of you! I feel like you really conquered your goals last year – love following your progress!

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    December 30, 2017 at 12:28 am

    My photos are actually stressing me out a bit, and I spent a few hours tonight organizing them, actually! And… I feel like I still have a ways to go. I try to back up everything on an external hard drive, but I’m behind! You sound really on top of things!
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      January 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

      I think the name of the game with photos is just getting into a routine of either backing things up regularly, or uploading them to a place that you feel comfortable with! Most days I feel like it’s a never ending rat race, ha!

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    Erika Parker
    January 27, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Lists in category headings! I love it – and need it.

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