Family Organizers, Agendas, Calendars & Day Planners for Moms. Managing a family certainly requires great time management and organizational skills. Keeping your family’s life well organized will keep your stress level down. Some people still like to use paper calendars, whereas others like to do all of their scheduling electronically. It doesn’t really matter how you organize your family’s activities – just that you actually do it. I hope one of these resources can help you on your way to an organized and clutter-free life.
Designer Day Planners for Women, Agendas & The Best Family Organizers 2013
Erin Condren for Tiny Prints
A variety of highly functional, modern and super cute customizable life planners, day planners for moms, and monthly calendar notebooks.
Weekly planners for busy women and family organizers for moms that are small enough to easily fit in your bag.
Hugely popular, stylish day planners and home organization tools for busy moms. Special note – I love this leopard print agenda, but they are also available in a number of great solid colors too. 35% off momAgenda Desktop plus FREE SHIPPING on orders $40+ at momAgenda.com!
Orange Circle Studio
Cute and highly functional planners (insider secret: ‘like’ them on Facebook and you’ll get 20% off)
The spiral bound home office desktop planner is momAgenda’s bestseller. Check out their free printables too – very helpful in keeping your life and family organized. 35% off momAgenda Desktop plus FREE SHIPPING on orders $40+ at momAgenda.com!
Sorting with Style
Cute planners and address books
Paper Source Calendars
If you are looking for a green alternative – these colorful date planners are made from recycled leather and paper. I also happen to love the color selection!
In their ‘office’ category they have a large variety of planners from many leading brands.
The most elegant way to get organized – a variety of sizes, styles and colors available
Gucci Leather Agenda
This classic, stylish designer leather organizer is also available in red and black
Best Planners for Moms & Busy Women – Helpful Tips & Things to Consider
1 – What is the optimal size & weight of your calendar, agenda or day planner?
Are you looking for a day planner that is really small that you can tuck into any handbag or do you want something larger so you have ample room to write notes and details? Also, do you care how heavy the agenda is? Thick leather covers are heavier than paper ones, and also weekly pages add up to a much thicker and heavier day planner than one that simply has monthly views.
2 – Will your organizer stay on the desk in your office or do you plan to carry it in your purse?
Knowing where your calendar is going to reside is important. If you are looking for something that will stay at home, you may be open to a wall calendar or something that fits in with the decor of your room. If you plan on taking it with you everywhere you go (like I do) size may become an important consideration.
3 – How many people’s schedules do you need to track?
Are you looking to keep your own schedule organized or do you want something where you can track the scheduled for every member of your family? If you want to keep track of where all of your kids need to be, you may want to look into the mom or family organizers that are customized to track multiple individual’s schedules in one place.
4 – Do you want to track the appointments for everyone in your family in separate calendars or all in one place?
As your kids get a little older, especially when they start to drive, it may be the right time to give them their own daily agenda or day planner so they can take greater responsibility for managing their commitments. Also, I like to keep my personal calendar separate from my son’s calendar. There is no right answer – it is just what will work best for you.
5 – Do you want a personal agenda for just work, just personal appointments or do you want to manage both calendars in one place?
If you are looking for a great agenda for yourself, think about if you want to track your personal commitments or if you want to track work items in the same place. I actually have two separate organizers for myself – a great designer agenda for my personal calendar and a desk organizer that I use for my business obligations. It is easier for me to keep them separate.
6 – What sort of calendar are you looking for?
Some day planners are set to the calendar year, others are school year, and many are 18 month calendars. Just think about what is best for you. Just remember it is okay to organized and purchase a new agenda or calendar any time of the year!
7 – Do you have a calendar or organization system in place already?
If you have a color system or way of keeping your family organized, be sure to find a planner or agenda that will meet your needs. I know some people like to have room for stickers and tabs. If you need more help setting up a system, you may want an agenda that has a little more structure to it that provides guidance on getting your family organized.
8 – As a mom, do you prefer an day planner with daily, weekly or monthly views?
I need to see the whole month all in one snapshot so I can see out a few weeks in advance. I have friends who swear by daily views in their agendas. Think about how you organize your family and how much room you will need to write down for each day. The more details you need to track on a daily basis the more likely you will need a weekly or daily view vs. a monthly view planner.
9 – Are you also tracking your calendar electronically?
I tried moving my whole calendar system to an electronic one but it just didn’t work. I do try to track some events on my online calendar, like birthdays. If you are going to try to juggle both calendars, think about what you want to track in each place.
10 – Do you want to be able to use the same planner or agenda year after year?
Do you want to invest is a chic designer agenda that you can use year after year? Many designer day planners are actually binders so you can keep the agenda and simply swap out the pages every year. If you find a designer agenda you love, it is a great investment because you can use it every day for years to come.
11 – How much do you want to spend?
There are family day planners and calendars at every price point. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get organized. If you have more money to spend, treat yourself to a designer agenda. It is a fabulous (and practical!) accessory.
12 – What color day planner do you want?
For years I always thought I wanted a basic black agenda. Now I look for a bold color or a cool pattern. I need to be able to find my calendar when I am looking for it and it is much easier to locate zebra stripes or red leather than a skinny black planner.
13 – Do you love lists?
Every day I am writing a list of things I need to do. Think if you want to track these lists on a separate note pad, on blank sheets in your agenda or if you want to be able to write them down write in your calendar. It is all about finding an agenda that fits your own system.
14 – Do you need pockets and pouches?
Some family organizers come with attached pockets and pouches so you can easily stash notes, pictures, coupons and miscellaneous items. Is this something you really want too? I opted for a purple Prada nylon cosmetic case that I use to stash all of those random extras.
15 – Do you have a nanny or regular babysitter?
Think about how you want to share your childrens’ schedules with their caretaker? Should you buy a separate calendar for her? If your sitter’s schedule varies week by week, you may want to track that in your family calendar or in a separate one.
16 – Do you want to be able to personalize your day planner with a photo or your name?
There are some really cute planners that let you add a family photo right on the cover. These make great gifts too!
Good luck getting organized!
Moms Calendar – 2013 Family Calendars & Photo Calendars
Photo Wall Calendars by Tiny Prints.
Create your own custom calendar (and make an extra one for your mom too!)
Erin Condren Jumbo Calendar
A nice big calendar so everyone knows where they are supposed to be
Personalized Photo Calendars
You can make your own high quality 2012 photo calendars from Minted. There are a number of modern styles and layouts to choose from.
More Mom Agendas, Day Planners, Family Organizers, Mom Calendars & Other Great Organization Tools & Resources
I keep on finding more wonderful family organizers and day planners for moms. Here are some more great resources. I thought I would combine those with an alphabetical list of online resources where you can find lots of great tools to get you, your life and home clutter-free and totally organized. Good luck!!
BusyBodyBook – Family organizers & mom calendars - weekly grid planners for managing multiple schedules side by side
Calendars.com – Calendars.com – Free Shipping On Any Order Over $25 & for the kids Shop academic locker calendars. They start in July!
Chaos…Simplified - life planners
Horchow – Stylish planners and notebooks
Kate Spade – Designer organizers
Louis Vuitton – Designer agendas & day planners – (please note: simply search for ‘agendas’ when you get to their site – I am not able to link directly to their beautiful designer planners and agendas directly – sorry!)
Orange Circle Studio – Do it All! Planners & Wall Calendars
Organize.com – Be Organized…Shop Organize.com
Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life
by Jennifer Berry
Pottery Barn – Modular daily organization system
Russel + Hazel – SmartDate™ Planner system
See Jane Work - Lots of great stylish agendas and planners
Snow & Graham – beautiful letterpress calendars
Books & Guides to Help You Get Organized
Get Organized Without Losing It (Laugh And Learn)
by Janet S. Fox
Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection
by Alicia Rockmore & Sarah Welch
Simplify Your Life: Get Organized and Stay That Way
by Marcia Ramsland
Get Organized With Heloise
Growing Up Organized: A Mom-To-Mom Guide
by Lea Schneider
A Wide Variety of Online Organization Tools for Moms
There are a number of really cool organizational tools available online today for families. Here are just a few that I was able to track down. Check them out to see if there is a good fit for your organizational needs.
Hundreds of Checklists, ePlanners & More to Organize Your Family – There is no better way to get organized than to create lists. You won’t have to worry about forgetting a thing. Here is a fantastic resource to help you get started.
“AboutOne is a highly secure online service that helps you quickly enter, track & organize all of your personal & household information, share it with family members & find what you need in seconds!”
Great tips, articles & tools
“Family life. Simplified.”
“An elegant and intuitive way to count and communicate the personal statistics generated by each of us every day”
Online planners for carpools, volunteers and events of all sorts
ListPlanIt – Hundreds of Checklists, ePlanners & More to Organize Your Family
There is no better way to get organized than to create lists. You won’t have to worry about forgetting a thing. Here is a fantastic resource to help you get started.
Organizing Tip of the Day
“a simple tool to help you keep track of your menstrual cycles”
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Organization Tips for Busy Women
Are you ready to get organized? Now is the time to set aside some time to get your life and home in order. The peace of mind that a little organization can bring is priceless. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1 – Buy a Family Day Planner. There are a number of companies who have developed a diversified range of day planners specifically for busy moms and families. These calendars and organizers are especially useful if you have multiple children heading off in different directions. A modern mommy agenda or day planner will help you ensure your family members get where they need to be.
2 – Make a List. I love lists! The best way to de-clutter your mind is to write everything down. The ‘honey-do’ list (my personal favorite), a list for your children’s babysitter, your shopping list, weekend errand list, holiday or birthday gift ideas, you name it – just write it down. You may also want to try an online list management or sign-up tool. Whether you are looking to organize the carpool schedule or a school event, there are some simple tools available online that will make it a snap.
3 – Organize your Favorite Family Photos. Make sure to organize your family photographs and videos before months and months pass from the day you actually captured the images. The first step is just downloading the images from your camera to your computer. This is often the hardest part for me. If you plan on making a photo album or scrapbook, do it now, before you forget all the details.
4 – De-clutter your Home. There are so many opportunities to sell, trade, recycle or donate used children’s gear, toys, clothes & books online. It is easy and fun to do. You can spare the landfills, help others, find some ‘new’ items for your own family, and most importantly, set an example of the benefits of sharing with your own children.
Another great idea is to tell all of your girlfriends to clean out their closets and go through all of their designer handbags and fabulous shoes that they don’t use or wear anymore. You can all get together, and have a ‘swap party’. It’s actually really fun to shop from your best friend’s closet. Donate all of the extra items to an organization that helps women looking to enter the workforce. Finally get that new custom closet you’ve always wanted.
5 – Update your Address Book. I have an envelope full of sticky notes, scrap paper and envelope corners with the addresses of my family and friends. Once a year, I take the time to go through all of them and update my address book. If you use an online address book or keep them on your computer, be sure to print out an updated hard copy as well.
6 – Get your Paperwork in Order. It is always good to have your finances and paperwork organized. Purchase a simple accordion folder for all of your bills and bank statements. Throw out the envelopes and start sorting your mail into basic categories: utilities, pay check stubs, bank statements, heath insurance, cars, donations, etc.. You will thank yourself in April!
7 – Hire an Organization Pro. Are you still unsure how to get started? Do you need someone to give you ideas and motivate you purge the clutter? Are you too busy to do it alone? Hire a personal assistant or professional organizer to help you organize your home, office and closets so your house will feel new again. With a little help, it is amazing how much you can accomplish in just a few days.
An Organized Home
I know I am not the only woman out there who dreams of a perfectly organized home. Luckily there are so many great home organization products available today so we can all try to clean up our home, one room at a time. So break out your designer day planner and add these home organization ideas to your list.
Get Organized & Give Back
Do you need a little motivation and incentive to get organized? Spending a few hours cleaning out your closets and drawers is actually a great opportunity to give back to your community. Break it down into 7 mini projects and you will be done before you know it. Better yet, the results will improve the lives of many other individuals, not just your own.
Project #1 – Everyday Casual Clothes: Take all of your t-shirts, jeans, sweaters and work out clothes out of your closet and drawers and put them on your bed. Only put back what you actually wear. Place all of the items that you don’t wear anymore in a shopping bag (or two!) and take them to a local shelter or thrift shop. Some charities will even come and pick up your items for free.
Project #2 – Professional Work Attire: Now it is time to attack your work clothes. Perhaps you have changed careers and don’t need to wear suits anymore? Maybe there are a few pairs of slacks that just don’t fit you right and never seem to come off the hanger? Donate your business attire to an organization like Career Closet. Career Closet helps deserving women who are transitioning back into the workforce. Many of these women have suffered from domestic violence or other hardships. The confidence these women gain from their great looking new clothes will help them ace their interviews, start new careers and turn their lives around.
Project #3 – Party Dresses: What are you really going to do with all of those bridesmaid dresses in your closet? What about that adorable cocktail dress you won’t wear anymore because it reminds you of an ex-boyfriend? Send them to the Princess Project or donate them to disadvantaged teens in your community. The Princess Project provides free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. This is a much better use of your formal wear than simply taking up space in your closet.
Project #4 – Shoes: If your shoe collection resembles Carrie Bradshaw’s, this task might be 2 projects! There are so many people in the world who do not own a single pair of shoes. If you have gently used shoes, check into donating them to Soles4Souls so that they can be given directly to someone who would otherwise go barefoot. They have collected millions of shoes for people all over the world. Next, go through your heels, loafers and other work appropriate shoes. If they are in really good condition these too can go to helping well deserving women who are transitioning back into the workforce.
Project #5– Coats: Winter will be here before we know it and there will be many homeless people in need of a warm jacket. You likely have a parka, raincoat or fleece you don’t really need. Your old coat will do a great job helping someone else keep warm this winter.
Project #6 – Bathroom Drawers: After all that work in your closet – the bathroom will be a piece of cake. Open every drawer in your bathroom and gather all of the little shampoos, conditioners, lotions and soaps you have ever have brought home from a hotel stay. It probably seemed like a great idea at the time to grab them, but you aren’t going to use them all. These small sized toiletries make great donations to homeless shelters as they are easy to distribute to residents and clients. They can also be collected and sent to our troops overseas.
Project #7 – Linen closet: The last stop is the linen closet. Do you have sheets for that twin bed you don’t even own anymore? What about that plaid wool blanket that no longer matches your bedding? Your extra sheets and blankets will be well received at many shelters all over the country.
Tackle these 7 simple projects and you’ll feel clean, organized and happy knowing you have helped your community.
Check out a great selection of business card holders great for work and for mommy contact cards too. You’ll find designer business card cases, like this one from Tiffany, and so many more.
Protect your iPad with a colorful designer iPad case like this one from Lilly Pulitzer.
Your cell phone has never looked better. From Prada to Petunia Pickle Bottom, I have found the cutest designer iPhone cases. It will be hard to pick just one!
Look great when you head to the office with a chic tote, laptop messenger bag or work bag made just for women. Come see the cute laptop sleeves too!
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