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TeacherBoards // Organising Family Life

April 30, 2018

When it comes to organising family life, it can be a little overwhelming. Whether you have one child or a whole tribe of them, there are so many dates, appointments and activities to keep track of. Add to this work schedules and childcare requirements. Not to mention tracking insurance renewal dates, car servicing, and those all-important holiday dates.

Organising family life doesn’t have to send you into a mild state of panic as you suddenly realise you’ve missed another appointment. Setting up a family organisational area within the home can be done relatively easily and once in place will hopefully streamline all the families appointments and paperwork.

Paper and Envelope

Location, Location, Location

Lets’ start with the basics, there is no point setting up an area in the home to manage appointments, schedules, and paperwork if it is in an area that you don’t frequently utilise. Your family organisation centre needs to be visible to you and the rest of the family. Whether this is in the hallway next to the coat and shoe racks, or in the kitchen next to the fridge.

All in one place

The easiest way to keep everything together in one place and to save it slowly spreading across to other areas is to install a noticeboard. Why not opt for a colourful one to brighten up the space and add a note of interest. Or maybe a dual noticeboard and whiteboard so you are able to leave messages and reminders.

Family Calendar

At the heart of any organisational plan is a calendar. This can be one that you have purchased or one that you have downloaded online. Just ensure that there is a column for each family member. Plus an additional one if possible for recording key dates such as birthdays and anniversaries. This calendar will become the main focus for recording activities, work schedules and appointments. You’ll be able to see at a glance where everyone is and whether there are any conflicts on that date.

Colour Coded

Purchase a multipack of coloured plastic wallets and assign each family member a colour. Then attach their corresponding coloured wallet to the noticeboard. This will then hold appointment cards, notices and invitations. Placing an additional wallet holding blank envelopes and stationery will make completing the calendar and responding to invitations and school letters easier (and more efficiently too).

A colorful toy on a table

Some training required

Whilst you might have now set up the perfect organisational system, it will only succeed if everyone plays their part. To ensure this you might want to drop hints, highlight key areas they need to pay attention to. Or better still sit them down and show off your latest pride and joy, give them the glare that should they not comply extra chores will be allocated.

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Collaborative Article

  • Tracy Nixon May 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Make sure packed lunches are prepared the night before and kept in fridge till morning!

  • Karen Barrett May 2, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    We have a planner that is always open on the kitchen counter, we keep organised by having everything written down and who has responsibility for tasks/apts/clubs etc

  • Margaret Gallagher May 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Family planner
    Everyone can see what everyone else is doing
    We complete/ look / fill in everyday as part of our routine

  • Heather Haigh May 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    We only really use a calendar, but we could do with being a lot more organised.

  • Sarah Mackay May 2, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Setting reminders on my phone to keep on top of family diaries

  • Anthony Harrington May 2, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    My Wife organizes me with her colour coded post-it note system, yellow, green, orange for level of importance, if I get a red one it is my final reminder!

  • Jessica Woods May 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Post it notes they are my life saver handy to carry around too

  • Anna Stimson May 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Each of my children has their own peg to hang their school bags on which saves tripping over them and trying to find them in the morning.

  • claire glace May 3, 2018 at 7:04 am

    For as long as i can remember, I buy a family planner calender where all the things we get up to are written on, having a felt board is different and would be lovely…many thanks

  • amy bondoc May 3, 2018 at 7:20 am

    we have a huge calender int he kitchen and we all update it! without it we would be so dis organised!

  • Ursula Hunt May 3, 2018 at 7:55 am

    We use a large family wall calendar

  • Emma chapman May 3, 2018 at 9:43 am

    We have large planner in the fridge with everything on so everyone knows who’s doing what when!

  • Solange May 3, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Create lists of daily or weekly things you need to do, places to go, things to buy, people to call and errands to run. In addition, create weekly shopping lists, menus and any other lists to help you recall things.

  • Emily Hutchinson May 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Shared apps are always good, calendars, shopping lists etc.

  • iain maciver May 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    a good routine to stick to

  • Susan B May 4, 2018 at 3:20 am

    A very large planner on the kitchen wall that everyone reads.

  • Jo Carroll May 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I would love to be in a position to give a tip but as my house often resembles one organisation wise…I’ll just be happy to read the other comments 😉

  • EMMA WALTERS May 6, 2018 at 7:49 am

    i have to get everything organised in advance and lots of lists!!

  • Erin Bryant May 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I’d be lost without my kitchen calendar!

  • Kim Carberry May 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    We have white board in the kitchen and which at the start of every week I write what we have on. It keeps us organised x

  • Pam Smith May 8, 2018 at 7:51 am

    We always use a family planner calendar

  • Rachel Butterworth May 8, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Lists, lists and more lists.

  • Stevie May 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    For the really important things, like appointments, I use the calendar reminder on the email pages. For other things we write a simple note.

  • Keri brooks May 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Stay up to everyone gone to bed then sort everything the nite before even down to the shoes and socks sitting waiting . Write planning for food shop bills on a white board in the kitchen

  • ADEINNE TONNER May 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    My tip is that i have a large calendar in my kitchen with a white board next to it that i write important stuff on for myself and my family so i don’t forget to do things.

  • Lynn Neal May 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Involve all the family by allocating tasks to them however small and they will be used to helping to keep things organised!

  • Paul May 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t know. “Disorganised” is my middle name!

  • Jessica Powell May 12, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    We’re always struggling to stay organized to be honest! If it’s not in my diary I won’t remember it’s happening.

  • JULIE WARD May 13, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I am not organised one bit, I do try to write things down though thats when I can find a pen

  • Rich Tyler May 14, 2018 at 9:59 am

    A family planner!

  • Rebecca Sutton May 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I cannot help there, i am so unorganised, i need help!

  • Susan Willshee May 18, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I have a blackboard divided into the days of the week and I stick post it notes on each day to remind us what appointments we have or what needs doing every day

  • Diana May 18, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    We only use family planner, we aren’t very organised

  • DENISE WILDEN May 18, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Every thing goes into a large desk diary

  • paula cheadle May 19, 2018 at 12:51 am

    write everything on the calendar, and check it the day before, or if you want to do something, check it first

  • amanda j greensmith May 19, 2018 at 10:42 am

    we have a calendar and i also set reminders on my phone

  • donna l jones May 19, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    we use a calender

  • Adrian Bold May 19, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Use a calendar that everyone can see, and also stick to schedules.

  • ellie spider May 20, 2018 at 12:20 am

    we have a week calendar on a dry wipe board which we use to see whats going on

  • astrid c May 20, 2018 at 7:47 am

    i put everything in my diary xx

  • Kim Neville May 20, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I use post it reminders and write everything in my personal diary. I get my OH and daughter to put important dates in their phone calendar

  • Jo Hutchings May 20, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Communication! Don’t just rely on writing things down; remember to tell each other as well.

  • adrian price May 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    i find a daily planner diary a great help

  • Julie Edwards May 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I do a weekly menu and shop to this and have it on display so everyone knows what we are having,

  • Danielle Graves May 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    we have a set of plastic drawers labelled Mon-Friday and every Sunday I wash my sons school uniform and put on of each item in each drawer so that each drawer has underwear, socks, tshirt, trousers and jumper. It means everything is to hand on a morning and there is no panick searching for

  • gaynor Vincent May 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Get up early and don’t expect any real help from your sons – you will only be disappointed : )!

  • Allan Fullarton May 20, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Love the large family wall calendar

  • Laura Kevlin May 20, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Use a shared electronic calendar with reminders to my phone – I have been SO organised since I started this, I set them for half an hour before so if I’ve forgotten an appointment I have time to dash to it!

  • Tammy Neal May 20, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I love the family calender x

  • Kelly Cooper May 20, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    As a family we all have access to the calender and we can all write on there, so if my daughter or son has something on they will write it and look to see what they need to get ready for next day.

  • Daniela GT May 20, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Would love this! ⭐️

  • Emma Payne May 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I would love this for all my important stuff in my classroom… or it would be fab in my son’s playhouse too!

  • Rachel Craig May 20, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Use of diary, calendar, planner, etc. As need to consider various family members appointments, etc. Lists can also be very helpful.

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