Do you ever feel like you are running a day late and a dollar short? I know this past year or two have been like that for me. Our lives were completely turned upside down for a bit and it has taken me quite a while to figure out which way was up. I have found a lot of comfort in going back to some of our old routines and they are helping us to get better organized.
It’s almost a new year so I am trying my best to get our home running even smoother which will help alleviate a lot of the stress that we have around here.
One of my best organizational tools over the past several years has been our Cozi Calendar. I also like to keep a large calendar handy for everyone to access so there is less confusion about what is happening and who needs to be where and when they need to be there. I haven’t tried out some of the newer scheduling systems because the one I currently use seems to work pretty well for us and I don’t really want to try to implement a lot of new changes while we are still trying to find our way back to ‘NORMAL‘.
We do pretty well about keeping our doctor appointments and such straight but sometimes it’s the other things that get overlooked… I actually almost forgot one of the kid’s birthdays last month! Thankfully I had already bought the supplies I needed so I was able to pull it all together fairly quickly.
One thing that I did bring back was my old index card system… some of these cards have been around for over 15 years!
My index card system originally started out before I really used a computer much so it was the easiest way to keep our home organized at that time but it still works rather well. The kids knew what to do and when it needed to be done and I was able to tackle my household tasks while working 50-60 hours a week! These cards have been updated and modified as we’ve moved over the years but the basic principle still works the same.
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I don’t believe that I have any posts about this but I will try to do one whenever time allows.
One part of this that really helps is the monthly section which reminds me to look ahead at the next month or two so I can plan for upcoming events. I usually try to check around the middle of the month for upcoming events the next month so I have time to order last-minute gifts or supplies. Then I check again at the beginning of the month for anything that may have been forgotten and I try to check the following month in case there is something I need to get ordered early.
For each month I have listed all the holidays that we celebrate as well as any birthdays or anniversaries for that month. I also write any notes about things that we may need to start thinking about like in October I have a note about starting to plan for our Polar Express Party in December as well as getting the menu planned for Thanksgiving. Does this mean I am always prepared? No, because I’m human and sometimes I forget to check on things, and then sometimes things get back ordered or are no longer available so then I find myself rushing around trying to get it all figured out. I can say that this doesn’t happen very often though.
I also add sticky notes for things that may be just one-time events or something we just want to try to do. I have even taken it one step further by making a note card for each holiday or special event that we celebrate. This note card lists all the things that we need to take care of or order, it also has ideas like going to see Christmas lights or planning a family Easter Egg Hunt.
I also have a party planning binder with all of our favorite recipes and detailed lists of the things we need to order for the party/event. This probably needs its own post as well! If we find something new we want to try then we make a note and place it in the folder for that event in our binder. I also stick notes and copies of menus from our past parties so we have something to refer back to.
I also have added homeschooling to our adventures so I include some homeschool tasks to my cards to help keep everything running smoothly.
Whether you use a daily checklist, a calendar, or an index card file system… you just need to find something that works for you and your family. Once you get everyone on the same page and then know what is expected of them you will find that your home will get a little less stressful!
What are some tips that you use to keep your family on track?
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