Keeping your family organized is no easy task. From personal experience, I can say that career, home, kids and trying to fit a workout in once in awhile is a challenge. I have found that putting a few family organization systems into place can save you a lot of time and headaches. And more time coupled with less headaches creates a better life! Here are 9 ways to keep track of everyone and everything:
1. Cubbie System
Cubbies are great for the kindergarten classroom, so why not use them to keep things organized in your home. Paint the back wall with chalkboard paint so you can leave reminders and love notes for your little and your big ones.
2. Family Charging Station
Drill holes into the bottom of a desktop organizer to create a charging station for the whole family. That way you can keep all the cords in one place and it’s easier to corral together all the electronics when it’s lights out. I also like that it keeps the kids tablets and phones out of their bedrooms all night. Michael’s is a great place to find these inexpensively.
3. Kitchen Cabinet Organizer
If your fridge is starting to look more like a bulletin board than a place for food, this one may be for you. Line the inside of the cabinet with sheet metal and cover it with shelf liner to create a pretty, magnetic surface. The clothespin organizer can hold takeout menus, bills, and gym class schedules.
4. Weekly Wall Calendar
This weekly calendar not only provides a decorative element to your home, but makes it possible for your family to take in the week’s highlights at a glance. It will keep everyone on the same page and no one can say they didn’t remember Wednesday was the dance recital!
5. Menu Planning Board
Day of the week boards are also a great decorative addition in the kitchen for meal planning. This DIYer took an old picture frame and lined the picture with fabric. Then she drew her grid with permanent marker on the inside of the glass and inserted it back into the frame. Use dry-erase markers to jot down the weekly menu.
6. Family P.O. Boxes
Avoid stacks of paper by creating an inbox for each member of your family. Stash unread magazines, invitations, pending homework, and whatever other “paperwork” your spouse and children may have.
7. Corner Command
This is a great command center if you’re working with a small space. We’ve all got a tiny corner we can spare. Install a corner shelf, put a bulletin board and inbox center up on the wall and you’re ready to go.
8. Errand Closet
Keep bins in your hall closet that you can grab and go. For example stash store returns in one bin, library returns in another, and items to donate in the next. That way, the items stay organized and out of sight until you’re ready to run errands. Plus, when you’re running out the door, you can just grab a bin. Try The Container Store or Target, or even garage sales.
9. Family Binder
Here’s one for the uber-organized moms out there, a family binder. You can find free printables to get you started. Store things like babysitter’s contact info, all of your utility accounts and passwords, insurance and health information, and whatever else you deem important enough for the family binder. This mom created a meal-planning page with interchangeable post-it notes for each day of the week.