Fall is just around the corner, and so is the busyness that school and multiple holidays bring. The only possible way I can keep my sanity, is to be somewhat organized.
Then I have a calendar that I printed off from CalendarsThatWork.com and written in all of our going-on’s for the month. Right behind this calendar is another one that the church sends out that has all of the member’s birthdays, anniversaries, as well as our church commitments and youth activities. Having everything right here has made it easier for me to see everything that is going, which makes planning other activities (or days of nothing) and our menu plans a cinch.
After the calendars, I have dividers set up. I first started with the pre-made tab dividers, but I will be switching to the tabs that you can put on yourself. I like for the pages that I’m not filling out constantly to be in page protectors, and the page protectors cover up my tabs. Putting my own tabs on the page protectors will alleviate this problem.
Under the Current Week tab you will find the current menu plan for the week as well as the kids’ chore charts that I made.
Each child has their own chore chart that needs to be completed daily, in addition to their daily routine which is posted on the dry erase board, otherwise known as Grand Central Station. At the end of the week they will have certain rewards that they are able to choose from if their tasks are completed satisfactorily. Following their chore charts are my day to day to-do lists. Since it is the Current Week tab, it contains 5 copies of this same page; one for every day except Saturday and Sunday. The to-do list is a printable from SimpleMom.net. You can find all of her downloads here.
Here is a peak at Grand Central Station. I love this thing! It has the week’s events written down and right there in my face. There is no way I can miss it! It also has the kids’ day to day schedule and what they need to get done before bed, in addition to their chores. On the cork board side, I have their spelling lists, study guides and a milestone chart that Noah is working on in preschool.
Nothing gets forgotten or misplaced!
Also, because the family is constantly asking me the menu for the week, I upgraded from my former calendar system to this:
A cute dry erase board that I spyed at Wal-Mart for $1!
The other sections in my binder include:
?Upcoming Week (basically the same as current week, except I am able to fill things in early if need be.)
?Four Season Binder (This is actually a binder all in it’s own, but it works hand in hand with the HMB.)
I will feature one section every Friday during Finding Freedom Friday. I will still have Mr. Linky available for you to add in your posts on the subject. You can see the dates they are being featured in my BlogFrog Forum. You can access that by clicking on the BlogFrog widget in my sidebar. While you’re there, introduce yourself!
I hope that you will join me in this journey of organizational freedom. Not only is it a good tool for you to manage your home more smoothly, but it is also a good tool in the event that someone else has to step in and do those tasks.
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