The Reason Organization Wins.

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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In the 11 years that we have been parents, we have learned many valuable lessons. We've learned to always call when we're unsure of a publicized date on the school's website (super awesome to show up late to our daughter's first day of school parent breakfast!). We've learned how valuable early bedtimes are. We've learned how important a routine is for our children's development. And most of all, we've learned the value of being organized in our parenting.

I say this with hesitation. In fact, I almost didn’t write this post for fear of judgement. There’s always someone who points a finger and calls foul on posts like this. “Who’s to say you’re an expert?” the haters cry! “Tell me, Mr. Parent Expert, how do I get myself organized in the midst of the complete chaos I have to deal with every morning before my kids go to school? Easier said than done!” Trust me, I’ve heard it all.

But lately, I’ve decided to take a bold approach to parent blogging. I’ve decided to blog about the things I know, and know well. Through the encouragement of great bloggers like Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins, I’ve realized that, since I’ve lived through nearly all of what I blog about, I’m an expert in a way. However, a post about getting yourself organized as a parent is a touchy subject because most parents struggle big time with this.

To all of those who that applies to, let me just say- I know. I really do. The reason? I struggle too!

I know the disadvantages of being disorganized and I know the advantages of being organized. On the mornings I wake up to get my kids ready for school and realize I did not plan ahead and get lunch boxes cleaned out, and containers cleaned the night before, there’s chaos. But on the mornings I wake up and I actually took action the night before, cleaned everything out, and prepared ahead, there’s peace.

Take this morning, for example. All of my kid’s lunch containers were washed, dried, and ready for assembly (see picture above). From 6:40-7am I worked to get lunches packed and it was a breeze. The other thing that helped was that I had packed my work backpack the night before. My daughter and I left with plenty of time to get her to school, and I made it to my office in a timely manner. All was well. The fact that I was proactively organized resulted in a very peaceful morning.

The day before? Not the case. I forgot to let the dogs out and feed them at 6 am (which is important, and kind of sets the day in a positive direction), the lunch containers had not been washed the night before because I was really tired and went to bed, and all of the contents of my work backpack (iPad, MacBook, books I’m currently reading) were scattered across my house. I couldn’t find my shoes or my keys, and there were no clean coffee mugs (not the end of the world, but quite tragic for a coffee-addict like me :-)).

My daughter and I flew out the door, with barely a second to spare, and we were late dropping her off. In my own rush, I nearly forgot about an appointment I had at 8:15am sharp.

Chaos, chaos, and more chaos! All because I neglected the necessary organization, the night before, that I always know results in peace. Obviously organization alone does not prevent chaos because sometimes life just happens and no amount of planning or organizing can prevent that.

We get asked all the time how we do it. “How do you do it with 8 kids?” people ask. “I can barely manage with 2!” The answer is simple: organization. And a little bit of OCD! But understand- it’s an ongoing struggle for us. We learn lessons all the time. When we neglect organization (which happens weekly), we fail. When we adhere to it and utilize it, we win! It’s that simple!

What lessons, similar to ours, are you learning in your parenting journey?

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.