Quick Tip Wednesday: Family Calendar

I’ve used a family calendar off and on over the years. I recently added it back into our routine after not using it for about a year. I needed something that would help my family know important information without relying on me to tell them. In the past I used a paper calendar that I hung on the wall in the kitchen. This time around I decided on a erasable black magnetic monthly fridge calendar that I purchased from Arteza. It being erasable allows me the ease to change things without having to mark through them like I did on a paper calendar. I’m using it in pretty much the same way as in the past. It has holidays, birthdays, and any other events that I need everyone to know about. This time around I have Marc crossing off the days since he has a hard time remembering what day it is (don’t we all? LOL!). It also came with a small to do list that I am using for Marc’s chores and tasks for the day. I love it! I can ask him to check the fridge and he can go down the list of tasks and mark them off without me having to run through the list verbally and possibly forgetting something. It’e been a lifesaver!

7 tips to staying organized for back to school

Hi Loves! Today I want to share with you seven tips that I will be using to stay organized for back to school. Every year I say, this year will be different, I will be more organized! The first week or so goes fairly well, but before I know it I am overwhelmed and not much is getting done. In looking at years before I realized that I haven’t followed through, because I didn’t create a plan. Somehow I thought that by me saying I would be more organized it would magically happen. Nope! The same way that I have to manage my money by telling it where to go, I have to do the same with my time.

Here are seven tips that I will be using to stay organized this school year:

  1. I created a routine for me and one for our youngest son. It’s not a long list, just the basics (i.e. mines-pray, morning affirmations, check bg, lunch bag out of fridge, etc.; his-wash face, brush teeth, brush hair, make bed, lunch bag out of fridge, etc). It’s something that he can visually see and check off. It worked very well this summer with his chore list.
  2. I started using my calendar to plan ahead. I use google calendar for scheduling and a traveler’s notebook for tasks.  I’ve added all of the school events for both boys in google. I am using my traveler’s notebook to manage daily tasks and future planning ideas. I’m thinking of getting rid of the calendar in my TN since it’s a duplicate of what’s in google. The thought scares me a little to only have my calendar in one place. Maybe…
  3. I will be over communicating with my family. There is a wall calendar that hangs in our kitchen with appointments and events, I will be sending our oldest invites via google that has reminders attached to them and I will verbally remind my hubby, because he won’t check the wall calendar or google.
  4. I will sit down every two weeks and create a meal plan. I just started back meal planning, and it has helped tremendously to keep us within budget and it is one less thing for me to worry about during the week.
  5. I try to get enough sleep. Now this may sound funny to you, but sometimes I go to bed at 7:30 pm. It depends on the day I’ve had. If it was rough, I will need more sleep. No matter what, I try to get in bed no later than 10 pm during the week, because I am not a morning person.
  6. I will try my hardest to stay consistent. Our youngest son performs at his highest level during school when we are on task at home. I also stress less when I have a routine, because my mind doesn’t need to think of a bazillion things that I need to do.
  7. I will do what works best for my family. While I would like to think I will hit all six of the above tips, reality is that life will happen. I will fall short at times. I also know that these tips might look different once the school year gets going. My overall goal is to do what is best for my family, so if something (or everything) needs to change I am okay with that.

That’s it, do you have any tips to stay organized for back to school? Share them in the comments below.