4 ways to get organized; organization tips and tricks, wear and back again, fashion blogger

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Top – Madewell, Crossbody – Rebecca Minkoff, Sunnies – Karen Walker Super Duper, Lip – NYX, Watch – Michael Kors, Necklace – Nadri, Skirt – H&M (couldn’t find online but linked a few darling scuba midi skirts below!)

Hello! Thanks for stopping by!  (Seriously!!)

Today’s look is a mix of old and new (and all non-maternity!)  I have linked what is still available down below and darling substitutes for what isn’t!  I am sooo not the best at wearing color and felt a bit like a walking rainbow in this look but wanted to push my teeny little envelope a bit and go for it!  What do you think of the color combo?  Less?  More?  Am I crazy?  (Actually don’t answer that last one!)

Switching gears…. My life is about to get CRAZY in the next 3 months….i.e. I work as a technical project manager in the consumer healthcare industry and open enrollment slash 50+ projects need to ‘Go-Live’ as of 1/1.  (Translation – 12+ hour days.)  And… on 1/10, this wiggly little thing inside of me is APPARENTLY going to come out…. Adding a couple of showers, nursery readying, holiday-ing and my head is spinning… I guess one great thing about recognizing this impending whirlwind is I can prepare for it!  I have been hyper-focused on organization and doing all I can now to make my life as easy as possible for myself when I have no control over everything!  Of COURSE, I wanted to share what I have been doing with you and hopefully get some tips back at the same time!

4 Ways to Stay Organized!

  • Calendering: I have always had a self-proclaimed ‘great’ memory and have trusted myself to remember everything that is going to happen in my life.  Well you know what?  I am getting real with myself and now know I can’t remember everything.  So, I calendar EVERYTHING on ONE calendar.  (Work, church, appointments, social engagements etc. with the location and time in each ‘event’.)  ALSO, I have ensured that all reminders go straight to my phone.
  • Don’t Procastinate: Whatever you can do NOW, DO!  I am sure my mom is laughing her head off while reading this but even though I am 14 weeks away from my due date, I have my hospital bag packing list complete (which will be packed by week 30), a babysitter for the furball, and a detailed hospital ‘plan’.  I have done this with my project plans at work, my tasks  for church, and my blog!
  • Cleaning:  I don’t know about you, but when my house is messy, I feel disorganized and disheveled.  Instead of spending ‘X’ hours on Saturday cleaning my whole house, I now spend 30-45 minutes a few days a week to clean parts of it.  Then, my WHOLE house is never a disaster, and my weekends can be devoted to things that are much more fun
  • Finances:  I believe that unless your finances are ‘in order’ you won’t be.  I have designated a lot of time the last few months to review the following:
    1. Liabilities – Do I owe anything on anything?  Is there a way I can accelerate payment on loans to pay them off faster?  (This should be addressed FIRST!)
    2. Retirement Accounts – What types of accounts do I have?  How much do I have in each account?  Do I need to combine these across employers?  Am I contributing the appropriate amount?
    3. Medical Plans – What plans do I have?  Does it make sense/can I add an Health Savings Account/Reimbursement Account to my medical benefits?  Do I have the kind of coverage I need?  Is it too much/too little?
    4. Insurance –  Do I have life/car/home insurance?  Is my coverage appropriate?
    5. Expense Planning – Do I have a budget?  Is it representative of ‘truth’?  Are there big expenses on the horizon?  Should I/can I put more money away to prepare myself for these?

I know this list seems like a LOT, but I promise, if you chip through each of these in your own time, you will feel like a whole new person!  For the first time in probably my entire life, I feel like I have a grasp on things and can ACTUALLY do things well.  I feel less stressed, happier, and much more capable.

I would LOVE to know, what do YOU do to get organized?

Much Love!

Ally Norling fashion lifestyle blog

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