As the holidays approach, school commitments increase, and extra-curriculars pick up, it can be really easy to lose track of permission slips and activity schedules, especially if you have more than one kid hitting the books. Don’t let the business of busy-ness get the better of you! Try a few of these daily tricks to keep your family organized throughout the year.
Write down events on a family calendar. It’s not easy to keep track of everyone’s schedule — band practice, baseball games, track meets and other obligations tend to bleed into each other when there’s an activity going on every day of the week. A centralized calendar for the entire family is a good way to plan ahead and keep schedules straight. A family pow-wow over what each person’s month looks like and writing it down together will save you time and a headache.
Put together a morning checklist. Most of us have a hard time staying organized early in the morning, especially when the kids are on a time crunch to make the bus and you’re rushing to get to work on time. A morning checklist of things that need to be done before you leave the house will significantly trim down on the frantic morning rush. A whiteboard on the fridge is a good place to write down all the things you and your kids need before you get your day started.
Set up a file to store school information. Schools frequently send home papers to keep you in the loop. As the year goes on, it’ll get easier to get lost in the pile of flyers, permission slips and report cards. File cabinets are a great way to separate the papers before they pile up. Color coding certain folders and putting time stamps on the folder tabs will help you keep everything together.