Get organised 2016 – Free Downloads

One thing I’ve always wanted to be is more organised. I wouldn’t say I’m disorganised but I want my spaces to reflect that organisation.

Between The Munchkin being a tiny whirlwind and me being lazy our home often looks disorganised despite The Husband’s best efforts to counter our madness. So I need to have a level of order at some place in my life and here’s where I’m starting.

We have a Family File where we keep all our important documents like our marriage certificate, The Munchkin’s birth certificate and clinic card, the cats vet cards and other important documents.

I chose a Flip File because it’s easy to store things in there and it’s less cumbersome than a lever file. I’m all about making things simple. I don’t have time for complicated DIY projects.


At work I’ve always just scribbled the hell out of my notebook and it just looks like the work of someone who owns an Igor but I need a more structured planner to keep track of whether I’m coming or going.

My blogger friend Abieda from Crazy Mom Journal recently launched her range of Splendid Ink Day Organisers and at R185 it’s really worth it. There are four different covers and I chose the turquoise one.

Splendid ink plannerImage courtesy of Splendid Ink

You can check out her Facebook page or go directly to her website to place an order.

In addition to this new planner I also download extra sheets from Laverne from Shell Shocked Mommy’s 2016 Blog Planner. Because I already have the Splendid Ink Organiser I didn’t need the whole thing but there are some very useful pages from the Blog Planner like Daily Checklists, an Analytics Track for each month and Weekly Content Planner that will compliment the Organiser.

Blog planner

You can download, print and bind your blog planner on Shell Shocked Mommy’s blog for free.

Getting Organised at Home

Another thing I’d like to get into this year is meal planning. If I hear “What shall we do for supper?” a little less this year that would be fantastic. And I think it may be easier to eat healthy if you plan for it.

I’ve printed and laminated this weekly schedule for us so that at the beginning of each week, I can see what’s coming up at a glance. With The Munchkin starting daycare next week, I feel like there’s going to be a lot more activity in our lives.

weekly plannerYou can take this one step further and be hella fancy by putting it in a really pretty frame and hanging it on your wall. Then use a marker that can write on glass (probably available at Game or CNA or wherever) and wipe clean every week. Neither me nor The Husband however, have time for drilling into walls (because also I will probably just collapse the entire wall) so laminating it and sticking it up with Prestick is good enough for me.

Look how beautiful this is! And it has a little block at the bottom of each day so we can start making meal planning a habit.

So this is what our humble “Command Centre” like the Americans like to call it looks like.

Command centre

It’s still fairly empty. I had just put it up.

We are fairly organised when it comes to calendars: The Husband and I have synced up our Google calendars and we have a Family Calendar that includes things that we all have to go to. So I’ll use that to fill in our Week At A Glance sheet.

You can download it from Babyccino Kids blog here.

Monthly Calendars

And then finally, here are three of my favourite printable calendars for download. I like month-by-month calendars so I can write in what is happening when to have a month view of our schedule.

The first is from Stop Short Designs and you can download it here.


The second is from Clementine Creative and I LOVE the water colour hand brushed text. You can download it here.


The third one is from 7th Avenue and I love how colourful each month is designed. You can download it here.


How are you getting organised this year?


  1. Laura

    January 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I love all of these 🙂 With so many kids to keep track of I have to be organised – my calendars have calendars!

  2. Kimberley

    January 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Great post! Some lovely downloads 🙂

  3. Carmia

    January 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring my calendar, Zayaan! Happy new year!

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      January 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      You’re welcome! I have a small obsession with water colours. I’ve subscribed to your newsletter. Your work is beautiful!

  4. Sharna

    January 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this post. The ‘what’s-for-dinner’ thing is my everyday nightmare as well. Now if only you could print, laminate and come put it up for me too. 😉

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      January 7, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Put it on a flash drive, go to your nearest copy shop (I went to PostNet) and ask them to print and laminate it. 10 minutes!

  5. Elsabe

    February 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Great, I love these, thanks!

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      February 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope they’re handy.

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