It’s not enough to keep yourself organized, many people also have little people and/or a spouse to keep organized too. It’s not an easy job. Here are a few tips to help you keep everyone in your family organized.
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Tips for getting your family organized
#1 Organize yourself first
If you’re disorganized there’s no way you’re going to be able to keep track of anyone else’s itinerary.
Use whatever system works best for you; day planner, mobile device, computer calendar or good old fashioned pen and pencil.
If you are having trouble coming up with some ideas here are 4 Routine Ideas for Moms to Better Manage their Time.
#2 Personalize your Systems
Create solutions that fit the person’s personality.
Some people are detailed and able to follow through, others…not so much.
Address the challenge your family member is facing. For example, if your daughter has a good system for organizing her school work but fails to follow through then her challenge is in the follow through.
Help her create new habits.
Additionally, some people like very structured organization while others are more relaxed about it. As long as they can immediately find what they need and mistakes are not made then the system works.
For example, one child may keep a calendar on their wall of all their practices, meetings and homework. Another child may keep the information on their iPad and have it send them messages when things are due.
Both systems, while very different, can work.
#3 Create a home central
While individual family members may be able to keep track of their own tasks and responsibilities it can be difficult to pull it all together as a family.
Many families create a central information zone. You might use a chalk board or dry erase board. You might use a large hanging calendar.
One great idea is to create a monthly calendar on a piece of poster board. However, instead of writing on the calendar you use post-its for each day.
You can color code the post-its for each family member and write down their schedule. That way everyone can tell at a glance what’s going on for the entire family.
#4 Individual space
The entry way of your home is a perfect example of a location where everyone needs their own space.
Children come home from school and just dump their stuff on the floor. Your spouse comes home and drops his or her keys on the table.
Eventually it all gets muddled together. It’s a mess and things get lost.
Create a space for each person. Use a coat rack, shelf or baskets. Label them and teach everyone to put their items in their space.
That goes for you and your spouse too. Central mail, keys and charging stations also help ensure items never get lost.
You can embrace this “own space” concept in other rooms too.
The laundry room, bathroom and even the living room can each offer storage space for each family member. It helps keep things organized, minimizes lost items and squabbles.
3 Tips Every Organized Family Needs
Keeping your family organized is no small task! Organize yourself first. Pay attention to each personality in your family and try to create systems that work for them. Finally, provide space for each family member in key areas of your home.
Why does it seem that some families have it all together while your family struggles to balance everything? Well the truth is that those seemingly organized families may not have as much going on as your family does.
However, they may also know a few family organization secrets.
Here’s what they know:
#1 Each Person Needs Their Own Space
When your children walk into your home do they have their own space to put their belongings? Sure, they have their bedroom. Do they have space in the main area of your home for their belongings?
A great, and very simple, solution is to provide a cubby for each child in the entry way or mudroom of your home. If you can also designate a coat hook then children have a designated place to put their coats, shoes, and bags.
If your children are old enough to have a mobile phone or device consider getting a family caddy that provides enough space for every family member’s phone.
Label everything so children feel a sense of ownership and belonging.
#2 Command Central
Keeping track of everyone’s schedule is a definite challenge. Create a central calendar for the entire family. You might integrate it with your chore chart.
Using a large desktop calendar and hang it on the wall
A chalkboard or white board calendar
If your children are older everyone can create a Google calendar and they can be integrated into a central family calendar. For this to work children must be online
A large poster board calendar and color coded post-its for each child and day
There are actually many options to create your command central. Use a method that works for you and your family.
#3 Daily Structure
Create a family structure that helps children know what to expect.
That means children get up at the same time every day. They do homework at a scheduled time; watch television only after all homework is done.
Chores are done at the same time every day. They also go to bed at the same time every day.
When a structure is in place it helps everyone know what to expect. It helps maintain organization and provides time for good old fashioned family time, rest, and relaxation.
It’s also important to know that no family is perfect and your family’s organization needs will change as your family grows and changes.
Create structure and systems and then step back and allow your family to adapt.