First Day of School (Plus @AboutOne $500 Giveaway)

One of these girls is very excited for the 1st day of school!

This morning, I dropped my girls off for their first day of school. I think I was supposed to be sad, taking my youngest to kindergarten. It’s hard to be sad, when she’s so excited. It’s also hard to be sad when I think of the increased productivity 7 hours a day will bring.

You know, because this will be the year I finally figure out how to get organized around here.

I always think I’ll have so much time while the girls are in school, especially now that Lorelai attends 3 full days each week. Mostly, though, I’m so busy catching up from the horribly unproductive summer that I’m spending the extra time napping by Wednesday. Kidding! I’ve already napped once today.

The real problem with playing catchup at back to school time, though? Getting the girls back to school creates a whole new year of paperwork and arts & crafts—it’s a hot mess around here. I’m constantly look for new tools & tricks to break through the madness. That’s why I was thrilled with the opportunity to try AboutOne, a digital filing system and more. It’s like an online filing cabinet—a place to record school info, property details & values and health records.

Having one place to login when it’s time to fill out an application, health form or insurance claim, rather than sort through dozens of half-organized files, is sounding pretty cool to me. Now, if only AboutOne had some tips for how to declutter the girls’ toy room. That’s a high priority every fall, with three birthdays and Christmas on the horizon.

Their rooms will be next week’s project. This week, I’m working on electronic clutter—I spent a bit of time on email this morning and have been catching up on some blogging today. Tomorrow, I want to work on implementing a more efficient daily schedule, with tips from Blog Indiana. For now, though, it’s nearly time to go see how the girls’ first day went.

I’m sure I’ll get a chorus of “fine” and learn that they did “nothing” all day. But, that’s a post for another day.

Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you how to enter to win a year of AboutOne and a $500 American Express gift card—just in case you still have some back to school shopping to to!

To enter, sign up for a free 17-day trial at AboutOne, then fill out the entry form below. One winner will be chosen at random from all blogs participating in the AboutOne sponsored post with Global Influence to receive a one-year membership, $500 American Express gift card and $250 donation to the school of your choice. Sweepstakes ends 9/9/11 at 11:59pm and is open to US residents 18 years or older.

Thanks to AboutOne for sponsoring this post, through my participation in the Global Influence network. While I was compensated for my time, all opinions are 100% mine.

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at justheather tagged this post with: , Read 94 articles by
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