It’s rare to find someone among us who doesn’t feel the need to become more organized. And, if you’re an organizational freak, you probably like to read about others’ organizational systems. Whether you love to create to-do lists or would rather embrace the chaos, your adoption process will be so much easier if you can keep track. All of the items involved with infant adoption can get overwhelming if you don’t have some method of organization.
Here are 3 great ways to keep organized during your adoption journey:
1. Make a spreadsheet
Using Excel (Microsoft) or Numbers (Apple), create a spreadsheet and use it to keep track of things like your home study to-do’s or adoption budget.
You could also build a task list of items you’d like to do during your adoption wait. It may be for fun activities like traveling or constructive tasks such as finishing repairs around the house or getting your future baby’s nursery ready.
2. Buy a binder, folder, or similar organizer
Organize all of the forms, copies, papers you’ve signed in a binder, folder, or another type of organizer such as an expanding file. You might even choose to color-code your binder with tabs for categories like completed, copies, and to-do.
Folders are beneficial for storing info on your adoption expenses in one place. You’ll be thankful you were so organized when tax time comes around, and you’d like to take advantage of the adoption tax credit.
3. Grab your phone or tablet and use a free list app
Nowadays, there are so many list apps that you can download for free onto your iPhone, Droid phone, computer, and tablet. The app that you choose will sync to all of your devices. That way, you can access your notes and lists anytime, anywhere. Three free list apps include Todoist, Any.do, and Wunderlist.