Catherine Giudici Lowe is a wife, mother, one-time reality show contestant and the creator of LoweCo. A native of Seattle with a background in graphic design, she is a lover of puns, planners and all things paper. She resides in Dallas, TX with her husband, son and dog. You can follow her on Instagram here.
If I had a genie in a bottle, one of my three wishes would be to be more organized. Well, I don’t have a genie (the universe is unfair sometimes), but Erin Condren exists so that’s more than fair. To reveal my other wishes is for another day 😉
Being organized is a skill, and without some of the tools I use, I’m a metaphorical dumb dumb. (That’s the technical term, FYI.) Just because I don’t have an 8-5 office job doesn’t mean I’m not incredibly busy every minute of my life. I yearn for the days when I could watch Bravo TV marathons and wake up at 10am. Now, I need an assistant for my assistant. Just saying that makes me exhausted.
I’m the schedule keeper of the Lowe household—until Samuel can write— which means I’m a sucker for lists, planners and calendars. I’ve been using an Erin Condren LifePlanner™ for years (I have a graveyard of them in my office closet to prove it) and I couldn’t imagine using any other kind. Currently, I’m using the hourly layout in my minimalist design LifePlanner™ so I know what I have planned at any time during the week. If I have a doctor’s appointment for Samuel at 2pm on Tuesday and Sean needs to know if we can do X-Y-Z that day, he can just look at my planner because I always have it up to date.
Now, if I need to remember birthdays or any big thing that I have to prepare for weeks in advance, the Jumbo Calendar gives me big picture perspective. I’m a visual person so I like having everything visible so I don’t forget anything. Since I juggle work, being a mom and other normal human adult things, it’s hard to keep everything organized without the right resources. And I want to make sure my office and house is pretty so aesthetic is really important.
But the thing that really gets me is the Schedule Pad because that has the space for me to write all the little things I HAVE to get done that week, by day. Sometimes I use it for other lists like big ideas I want to execute for my business or things I need to look up for Samuel’s future (preschool lists already?!), but this pad is obsession-worthy. Right now, I am working on a list for what things I want LoweCo. to sell in the coming years and breaks down what I need to do to make it happen. There’s space for me to do that and to doodle my ideas. I’m telling you, it makes me more efficient and motivated so take that Genie I don’t have!
The most important thing to me, though, is family. I tape pictures of Sean and Samuel to the wall of my workspace to remind me what I do everything for so I don’t get overwhelmed by all my lists and responsibilities. These days it’s easy to get daunted by everything we “have to do” so when I see my sweet Samuel’s baby feet on the black and white canvas above my laptop or a picture of Sean and me from our early days, I get a little less stressed out. Lucky for me, Samuel and Sean are never that far away so if I need more than a “a little less stressed out”, I can give them a kiss and all the schtuff melts away.
Erin Condren has everything but a robot to actually execute all the things on all of my lists, but if they had one, I’d buy it.