Getting Organized One Event at a Time

by Guest Contributor

Enjoy this guest post written by Guest Writer Jill Berry.

I’m one of those people who writes. I tack notes on the fridge. I jot down events on the family calendar. I write notes on the notepad in my purse. I chalk notes on the kitchen chalkboard. I write lists. Many times I rewrite lists just so that I can cross completed tasks off the list.

Like many moms and dads out there whatever level of organization I exhibited as a working person is eclipsed by the organization needed in my life as a mom. Back in the day, I had a wall calendar. You know those calendars with the teeny spaces beside the date…decorative only. I had so few events that I never wrote anything down. Oh, how I long for those days when now I navigate the time-consuming schedule of a kid, a preteen, and a teen, not to mention a working dad and mom.

I was recently asked to check out a site. The site — HomeLife — is a service of the well-known and well-respected DayTimers brand. In fact I know DayTimer’s products well. For a few years, I would not begin the new year unless I had a DayTimers binder.

I have a wall calendar for family events,  an online work calendar for myself and my husband has an online calendar for himself. Our kids have agenda books and planners for their schoolwork. With our family of five, I struggle to remember all events. I’m not happy admitting that I took my son to a birthday party on the wrong day…right time, right kid, but wrong day. An epic fail for mom.

The signup process was easy and best of all HomeLife is free! Here’s how you get organized:

  • Go to
  • Enter your email. Click “Sign Up.”
  • Enter your full name.
  • Choose a password. If sharing this online calendar with other family members, share your password with other family members.
  • HomeLife will create a web site address for you. You can use your family name for the address: “”

Once your account is created, add each family member then

  • Add events to the calendar.
  • Keep track of what everyone in your family is doing every hour, day, week or month!
  • Start an address book for family and friends by either typing in all the address information or import contacts from your gmail account. The address listing can be as detailed or as brief as you require.
  • Create to do lists and shopping lists.
  • Start a photo album.

And you can even use HomeLife by DayTimer to record family memories and milestones. Create a family blog to keep all those memories alive. A very nifty feature is the homepage. Customized for your family url, your family’s home page features upcoming events, to do lists, the Daytimer Twitter feed, informative blog posts from DayTimer. Best of all HomeLife is free to use.

For even more functionality and compatibility, sync HomeLife by DayTimer with Outlook.If dad uses Outlook for work, he can sync his Outlook calendar to HomeLife. Update work calendar events and project due dates from HomeLife directly. And if mom uses a Google calendar, mom can import Google calendar events in to HomeLife. Sounds like a win to me!

Enter to Win a Daytimer Pink Ribbon Starter Set

The soft-covered hard binder is 5.5″ by 8.5″. Perfect for toting in a large purse or diaper bag or even a laptop case. Everything you need is included to get you on the track to organization:

  • 1 year of undated weekly and monthly pages
  • an address and phone directory
  • 2 business card holders
  • And includes handy features such as a pen loop, business card slots, a post-it note pouch, and a notepad.
  • A portion of the sales goes to breast cancer research.


To enter this giveaway, leave a comment answering this question: How do you plan to get organized for the new year?” This giveaway will end on December 16, 2011 and a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Winner will be announced on the weekly Around the Blogosphere post once confirmed. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Want to learn more about Daytimer and Homelife?


I was sent the Pink Ribbon Loose-Leaf Organizer by DayTimer to facilitate my review. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

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1 Terra Heck December 3, 2011 at 4:43 am

I plan to get organized by keeping track of all dates of events I’m attending. I’m also going to keep folders for my blog, work, and social life so I know for sure what needs to be done when. Thanks.


2 Vickie COuturuer December 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

I plan to be more organized this year but not letting things sneak up on me,writing everything down so I dont forget,,,,


3 Shari December 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

I carried and used a Daytimer in college and LOVED it. Not sure why I got away from using it, but it sure would be helpful to have one and get back to keeping better track of things! ;)


4 Michelle T. December 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I plan on getting organized by getting rid of things I don’t need, and by writing everything down on a calendar. Thanks for a change to win this planner! It’s exactly what I need!


5 Staci A December 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I’m hoping that for the new year, I will declutter my desk to stay more organized and actually start using my calendar to track our schedule better!


6 Shannon Smith December 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I am on a quest of becoming the organized, not late but early, remembering every event that everyone has, house always in condition for folks to come over & NOT want 2 crawl in th hole of embarressment kinda mom. As I leave this clutter, chaos & disorganization behind, I’m looking forward to my future of a happy, relaxed, smooth running household. The daytimer I think will help me head in that direction.


7 Paige December 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

Where do I begin? Simply put, I run a small business, a family, a dog, train for races, with appointments with clients, doctors, vets, art showings in three different calendars. I need something all in one place. I want to leave my disorganized, overtasked self in the dust and emerge stronger, more with it. Organization is a dream that I want to make a reality. Help.


8 amy red December 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I can’t keep up with anything and with 4 kids and 1 on the way and a husband I need to be able to keep up instead of sticky notes that go missing from the fridge!


9 erine December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

i don’t know how i am going to get organized….but i need to start somewhere!!!!!


10 Natalie Lyn December 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I plan on getting more organized this year by writing everything down in my new planner ;) Oh and post it notes galore!


11 Angela E. December 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

This is a great giveaway also.


12 Chuck December 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Getting organized for 2012 is a good start.


13 Don December 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

My wife would enjoy one of these.


14 Jennifer C. December 14, 2011 at 12:39 am

Right now i use three lined books and it gets confusing…I’d love to centralize everything and organize it all into one are…heavensent1@yahoo dotcom


15 Garrett December 14, 2011 at 8:17 am

My girlfriend would find this to be very helpful with her busy work & going to school too.


16 June December 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

What woman couldn’t use a day planner? I’m in please!


17 Van December 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

These come in handy for the girl on the run, ( my -wife )


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