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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/08/2012

The organized parent: is it a myth?

I hate for a blog post to be all about me. So I’m going to shout this out from the beginning, because I’m thinking it’s not just me: Are you an organized parent?

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.
Can a new planner help a frazzled parent be more organized? (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Sure, we all know about those Snuffleupagus super moms and dads who always seem to have it all together. We’ve seen the bulletin boards on kitchen walls with color coded schedules, and have heard our play dates (that we forgot about) were on their family Google calendar.

But those attributes are a myth, as far as I’m concerned.

My mom was the world’s most organized woman. She kept lists. Her calendar (perfect Christmas present every year!) always hung above the kitchen phone, with days filled in top to bottom. I’m still finding lists of hers in my own house, even though she passed away in January. And I’m still wishing she had been able to pass the organizing genes along to me.

Needless to say, she didn’t.

I realized I had an actual problem earlier this year after a night of whining to my husband that I just needed to get the house and our lives more organized and I’d feel better.

The next morning, after seeing him and our 4-year-old off, playing with the 2-year-old until the nanny got there, I went off for a doctor’s appointment. I paid for parking. Got upstairs a full five minutes early. My appointment? It was two days earlier.

And then it took me a full 20 minutes to find another day, two months later, that would work for a new appointment.

With a very sick mother at that time, two small children, a nanny share, a full-time job, a husband with a demanding job, life had gotten away from us. I knew it wasn’t a smart way to live.

And now it’s really time to come up with some new practices as things are due to only get more complicated: My older guy starts kindergarten in the fall.

I feel like if I don’t get it together now, maybe we’ll never catch up.

And so, as of today, here on this blog, I’m saying: I’m going to become, well, not an organized person. I know that’s not possible. But I’ll become more organized. (By the way, I missed the deadline for this post.)

First on the order: Let’s start with you. What one thing do you do to stay or be organized? Give me just one tip (please!). If we get some good ones, I’ll post your suggestions.

In the meantime, I’m going to call some organizers and keep you updated on me. Maybe we can all figure out how to be more organized parents together.

Color coded bulletin boards, here we come.

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