I have two main places that I have set up in my kitchen that have everything at my fingertips to get me through the day with out having to think about much other than my family. I don't have to think about what's for dinner, or what I have to clean on what day, or what's going on at school, or what we have planned for the day. That just SOUNDS exhausting. It's all right here in front of me for a quick glance and then onto the day.
The two main places are my desk and the fridge, which are right beside one another. Above my desk is my bulletin board. This is where my Chore List, Menu Planner, To Do, To Pay, To File & Coupons live.
At the top of my board is the Chores List. I first seen this idea here, and thought it was such a great idea to break up cleaning into days so you have your weekends free to play. I decided to make my own Chore List steming from the original idea, you can find my printable templates here. This is how it works, everyday you focus on the section in your house where you are scheduled to clean (Monday through Friday), you get as many things done as you can, I try to dedicate at least 30 minutes a day and the rest waits until the next week. The daily chores I break up into the day, whenever I can squeeze them in. *Note: I do not accomplish everything every day, the purpose is to create MORE time not less. Do what you can, it will still be there tomorrow. I have laminated my list and I cross each one off with a dry erase marker as they get completed, it makes me feel happy, Mommy-1, Chore-0!
Next I have my menu planner, I found this particular template here. I really like just organizing our dinners instead of every meal during the day at the moment. I have in past listed all meals and I tend to bounce back and forth between both systems. When I get tired of one, I switch to the other.
At the bottom of my bulletin board I have my four envelopes that I cut off at one end. I downloaded a label template and pasted my four label names of: To Do, To Pay, To File & Coupons. If you search 'free printable lables', tons of different labels appear for you to choose from. I stapled the envelopes to the board and they were done.
Siting on my desk I have an organizer where I keep my stationary, magazines and my Household Management Notebook, this particular one I purchased from Home Sense. I found the template for my notebook cover page here. Inside my notebook I have all my compartments for things I use on a regular basis. I purchased the folder from the dollar store and broke out my labeler and away I went.
Lastly is my fridge. This is where I keep my Mom's Ultimate Family Fridge Calender, which I don't think I could survive without. Since I found this product, I anticipate the arrival of the new one each fall, it cycles by the school year, how genius! I tape the monthly school calender that comes home with the kidlets underneath the family calendar (not seen in photo). Also under the family calendar, you can see two other charts. The top one is where we keep track of our 'Caught You Being Good' tally chart which I will blog about in the near future. Below that is our house rules. I used to hear from my son that he 'forgot the house rules' when he did something he wasn't supposed to, so I decided to post them on the fridge so I wouldn't hear that anymore. It is right at their level, they can take a look at it when they do forget and it is a good tool to use when I think they are getting close to breaking the rules. I send them to check them out and remind themselves. I also laminated these charts and the printable version for the House Rules can be found here.
That's it! That's how we run things around here and a lot of the time, they run themselves! Happy Organizing!
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