It's officially fall and that means it's time to stress organize. With everyone having different schedules we know it's hard to keep everything in the house in order and manageable.
Here are three quick and easy tips to help keep your chaos at least somewhat under control:
1. Use a Calendar
Whether it's a giant paper calendar that hangs on your fridge, or a calendar on the computer that your whole family can access, keeping an up-to-date calendar will help everyone stay on track. Be sure to add events to the calendar immediately after it was scheduled and be sure to include the location and time of the event. (If you aren't keeping your calendar on the computer and cannot get to your paper calendar immediately, make a note in your phone or even email yourself as a reminder for when you get home.)
Use a different color to represent different family members so you can see who is busy at a glance.
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2. Get A Bin for Every Family Member
Trust us, this is so helpful. If there is a shelf in your living room or kitchen that holds nothing but old, dusty magazines and never-listened-to CDs, it's time to throw those out and make room for the helpful amazing magical bins. Step one: get bins. Obviously it matters how big your shelves are, but the bins should be big enough to fit a piece of paper without having to fold it. For kids it may be better to use their school folders as a good measurement. Next: label the bins. If the bin is plastic, a permanent marker could do the trick, but if you are looking for something more decorative, getting distressed wooden boxed and sticky-back chalkboard labels is a perfect solution.
Organizing for the fall has never bin easier.
If you can't find bins you like, wrap old shoeboxes in neutral-toned wrapping paper - super cute!
3. Embrace the Bulletin Board
You may be thinking, "Why do I need a bulletin board and a calendar?" The bulletin board will serve as a back-up system to your calendar. Any invitations you get, notes you have to scribble down, or field trip permission slips you need to sign can be quickly tacked onto the board. Creating categories like "added" and "not yet added" on your bulletin board will help you remember what you have and have not added to your master calendar. You can use colored tape to separate the sections and simultaneously add a bit flair to the room.
Use colored sticky notes on each new addition to the bulletin board as a quick way to help you categorize . (As long as you have a way to remeber what the colors mean!)
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