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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No More Sticky Notes!

Here is how I stay organized, and I use that term very loosely.

I have all my important numbers, school stuff, and reminders hanging about in a mess in my kitchen.

I have no less than 4 notebooks with various lists including shopping and To-Do lists.

I leave things like grocery lists and important messages to my husband on the place I think he'll see first that day: the fridge door, his computer monitor, the bathroom mirror.

See, I'm very organized.

The system works....
I'm lying.

But now, thanks to the very organized ladies at Mom Central, I'm testing out a FREE family management tool called Cozi. With Cozi I can track everyone's events in the family calendar (color-coded for easy viewing), and manage customized To-Do and Shopping lists (grocery, Costco, home office, vacation planning, party planning, etc.).

Cozi Family Home Page

Mobile Access
I can now scrap the sticky-notes and text any Cozi list, reminder, or message to my husband so I know he'll get it. If I'm already at the grocery store, I can
call the Cozi toll-free number and they'll text any list to me. I'll never have to make 2 trips to the store in one day again!

The Cozi mobile version (for iPhone and Windows Mobile phones) allows account access direct to the phone - add or edit lists and view the family calendar.

Family Journal
Because I blog I didn't think I would use the family journal, however, I don't blog about every little thing my family does. I realize this is a great space to quickly jot down something funny that happened, or something silly the girls said, before I forget or feel the need to come up with an engaging blog post. Plus, my husband and the Twofer can use because, as you can imagine, my blog is off-limits to them.

This space is just for our family to use...and eventually we can make it public. I will probably turn to it during my writing dry spells - who knows?

Win a $5,000 Home Organization makeover!

Sign up for Cozi (it's FREE!) before February 4, 2009 and you'll be entered to win a 2-day home organization makeover with professional organizer, and incoming NAPO President (National Association of Professional Organizers), Laura Leist. In Laura's two-day visit, she will makeover either the kitchen or home office in one lucky winners' home; a service with a retail value of $5,000.

So check out to sign up for free, and visit for more great ways to get organized. Then let me know what you are doing to stay organized in 2009.

Happily sorting through the paper,


Anne Mayhew said...

Would love to have someone come in and organize my house! Will give cozi a look see! Thanks for the share!

Linda said...

Looks like a good solution!

Anne said...

I could use a whole life organization. I will have to check it out.

Sandra Foyt said...

I looked into Cozy, as well as various other organization systems, but found that a digital organizer just doesn't cut it for me or my family.

I have to organize myself, my family, my Girl Scout and Cub Scout troop/dens, and the Girl Scout Service Unit. I also have to organize a variety of Home School materials. On top of that, I also have to organized blog related material - ideas, articles, etc.

Personally, I've found that a variety of organization tools work best in our home.

Janine said...

Sandra: I can definitely see how all those activities are a lot to track...and I can't even begin to imagine the home schooling factor! Right now I like that it will manage the mess and sticky notes I have all over the house :). I may have to re-evaluate as the Twofer get older and are in more (and separate) activities. But for now it seems to be working.

Alisa Bowman said...

For some reason an e calendar really did help me. I always believed in paper, but the computer calendar syncs with my phone. It's nice.