When is comes to systems, there is definitely a need for good systems in dealing with the onslaught of paperwork, homework, STUFF, event reminders, all the schedules and everything else. Moms have to be TASK & ORGANIZED WONDERWOMEN to keep up with life’s fast pace. I’m here today to talk about simple systems that help me keep track of my kids’ schedules, homework, activities, car pools, and the other 5o million things on our plates.
At our house…organization (I’m not even sure I would call it that) starts with our FAMILY CALENDAR. I LOVE MY FAMILY CALENDAR. I have to see things in my own handwriting or I’ll forget….must be the visual side of me. To buy this, I went against my rule that I can’t buy something I can make…well after trying to figure this baby out for the whole year, I ended up buying it at Swiss Days and I have loved it ever since. This ALA BOARD was $115 at Swiss Days a couple of years ago, yes I know that seems like a lot (I about wet myself buying it), but I LOVE IT. The numbers and months are magents, LOVE IT!
***WE TAKE A PHOTO OF OUR MONTH AT THE END BEFORE I CHANGE IT OUT TO REMEMBER WHEN AND WHAT WE DID THAT MONTH***
It’s nothing fancy but super functional.
1. Find a 1″x5″ board and some hooks
2. cut board to length and fasten coat hooks to board
3. screw wood nails into the studs (important for hanging heavy backpacks and things)
MAGNET BOARD (Ikea $14.99 I think, magnet clamps to hold paper: Wal-Mart $3)
I LOVE LOVE THIS. IT’S PURELY FOR FUNCTIONAL PURPOSES. I TRY TO KEEP ONLY ONE PAPER ON EACH HOOK AT A TIME.
1. 1 magnet for each child
2. I use these hooks for all the things I need to see again, while making sure I throw things away frequently…..
**homework sheets that need to be turned in by the end of the week**
**sports sign-ups that I need to think more about before doing anything about it**
**Pictures (ok so these are normally up here, it looked a little drab without them :)**
**Reading & Incentive Charts**
**anything you want to see and use again….be picky**
Thanks to Cousin Brooke, (see her cute board HERE) I have this awesome wall storage system (Target $7.99)…extra crap now contained, priceless.
With Fall and Winter coming up, it’s super important to have places to store all those coats, gloves, hats, and all the other small cool weather items. We store our sunscreen and summer hats here as well in the warmer months. This has SAVED ME.
MUST HAVES WHEN SHOPPING FOR THIS:
**see through pockets**
**somewhat sturdy pockets**
**24 of more pockets**
whether I can DO IT ALL….or have all the time in the world, it’s about having good systems that save
you time and brain power that make all the difference. What systems have you found that work for you?