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After having my first child nearly seven years ago, I’m convinced a portion of my brain just shut down, and it has yet to reboot. Back in my childless days, I was always on time, both my car and living space were usually tidy, and I rarely left clothes in the washing machine overnight. Shoot, pre-baby me was so organized that all my food storage containers had lids! Now that I’m a mom, paying the water bill before getting a “second notice” sent to me feels like a win.
Most parents can probably relate to this because once little ones enter the picture, they’re suddenly asked to keep track of so much. Clothing and shoe sizes, doctor appointments, school supply lists, daycare tuition payments, developmental milestones, extracurricular sign-up dates, feeding schedules and packed lunches, teacher appreciation gifts, and car seat protocol—and that doesn’t even include any of the appointments and deadlines of your own. It’s a lot, and no amount of coffee will wake your brain up enough to mentally keep track of everything.
That’s why we need systems and great products to help us stay organized, whether they’re for our homes or our schedules (or, let’s be honest, both). There is no shortage of organizational products out there, so sifting through them all to find one or two that will work for you can feel like another item on your never-ending to-do list. As moms, we get it, which is why we chose “organization” as our theme for July’s editors’ picks. These products offer organizational functionality without sacrificing style and are designed to simplify your life.