We don’t blame you — it’s hard to feed the kids, get them off to school, go to work, run errands and prepare dinner at the end of the day. There’s so much to do during your day-to-day, it’s no wonder you haven’t been as organized as you’d like to be. You can really use some help, but don’t have the means to hire a nanny, a driver, a cook or a personal shopper. To manage all of your roles, staying organized is paramount. To help you along the way, we suggest you use these …

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The great divide
During your family’s morning rush, it’s hard to dress your little one. A disorganized closet is the worst thing that can happen when trying to pick out tops and bottoms for baby. The Peek-A-Boo Child’s Closet Divider will help you set apart shirts from pants, winter from summer and more. Made out of durable plastic, these cute separators easily attach to any closet rod. (10.99 for a set of six at www.organizedliving.com)

Days go by
As the winner of Good Housekeeping’s “Good Buy Award” in 2007, the handy DaysAgo boasts life-saver status for moms and dads alike. When you buy perishable goods, it’s easy to undermine when it’s time to toss them upon expiration. This sophisticated timer will help you determine when food has been opened and tracks the days they’re in use. Bonus tip: You can use this wonder tool on medicine, too. ($10 at www.howmanydaysago.com)

Laundry help
Doing laundry can be the most frustrating chore in the world. You separate the colors from the whites, throw them in the wash, then you wait, load up the dryer, fold (the mother of all tasks!) and finally go from room to room putting it all away. Most of those duties are inevitable, but to simplify your workload, Whirlpool has developed the ultimate laundry organizer. The company's Laundry 1-2-3, a collection of vertical towers, work surfaces and pedestals, offers an instant solution to organize, sort, treat and fold. ($199 and up; visit www.whirlpool.com for stores)

A complete baby care cart

The Deluxe Baby Cart by Munchkin comes with four large storage bins for everything you need to tend to baby. From bins to diapers, and blankets to towels, this cart even has a storage area that keeps frequently-used items like baby powder and baby wipes on top and within close reach. When your little one’s all grown, pass it on to a friend — it’s rugged metal frame is so durable, this product will last over a lifetime. (Prices vary per store; visit www.munchkin.com for stores)

Stylish and efficient handbags
You want to buy that new Prada tote, but it just doesn’t have the compartments a mom requires. Where are you going to put your baby wipes? What about your baby’s animal crackers? Not to mention things every woman travels with — a wallet, cosmetic case, aspirin — where are you going to put those? A fancy tote may boast the size you need to lug all of these items around, but when it comes to finding something, you’re like a hamster in a crazy maze. Kara James Bags, which launched in February 2008, has spruced up the typical handbag with various compartments to meet your needs. This must-have carryall will transform the way you pack and find your goodies. ($125-$475 at www.karajamesbags.com)

The ultimate to-do list
Anyone can write things down on a piece of paper, sure. But is that person making his or her “to do” list as effective as possible? Some might not even have the time to stop to write. When it comes to the day-to-day tasks and shopping lists, moms may need some fancy papery to encourage them to take the time to make a list at all. Enter the What To Do Pad from Whomi.com. The handy notebook comes spiral-bound with three separate colored pads—organized by what to buy, who to call, and what to do. With the What To Do Pad, moms can keep lists organized by task and categorized by color. ($15 at www.whomi.com)

For label fiends
When you start putting away outgrown baby clothes and old toys, don’t forget to label them. Refrain from using markers this time around — it’s so tacky — and consider the PT-80, a handheld, all-in-one, personal labeler. This affordable gadget prints labels in six types of sizes and nine types of styles. You can even add the time and date to every label if you want. Use the PT-80 for craft projects, office supplies, even spice racks. ($29.99 at www.staples.com and other office supply stores nationwide)


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