The secret to an organized life? Time.
Since we can't get any more of it, we need to deftly manage what we have during fall's hectic days.
Right now, before the mad dash of the holiday season is underway, is the perfect time to get a handle on your home and family schedule.
These 7 fall organizing tips can help. Start with a master family schedule and conclude with a renewed cleaning routine just in time for fall's cooler, indoor days.
Priority one: create a shareable master family schedule. Include details such as doctor appointments, soccer matches, play dates, and lunch meetings in the week ahead.
Here's how it works:
Plan to combine errands and tasks this fall to save time and make room for more enjoyable activities.
Constantly on the phone or texting? Try organizing your calls and texts into an hour or so each day. Let voice mail pick up the rest of the calls throughout the day (monitoring them for emergencies, of course). And let non urgent texts remain unanswered until the next day's allotted time.
Take a tip from school cafeterias and set up a monthly meal plan. Assign each meal a night on a biweekly basis. If it's Monday, you're having pasta. If it's Thursday - pizza.
Plan to grocery shop for two weeks in advance because you will actually know what you're cooking. (After a month or so, you probably won't even need a list.)
The more organized your family's daily routine, the easier everyone's life becomes. Start with the most hectic time of the day: weekday mornings.
Simplify mornings by doing a majority of the daily essentials the night before:
This way, there should be no surprises in the morning. No last-minute discovery that the math homework wasn't finished. No fights about inappropriate or missing clothing.
Designate days for regular weekly errands or activities. Saturday mornings, for example, could be house cleaning time. Wednesday nights, laundry. Friday afternoons could be devoted to errands.
Break up chores into time segments. What needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly or yearly? Post them on the family calendar. Schedule in some fun as well. Save Sunday afternoon for family time – attendance required.
Your mother was right. You should always clean up a mess the minute it is made.
Keep a basic level of tidiness and you'll never face an overwhelming mess. If you follow these organizing tips, fall will be the start of more than a fresh new season. It will be the season you at last organize your home and family life.