30 Days to an Organized Life Day 11
Today we are going to organize our family’s life by creating a Control Center.
A Control Center is the communication center for your family. It’s the location in your home where you keep track of all activities as well as the plan for managing your household — all in a visible location so everyone knows the plan. An effective control center will include several elements:
Calendar – Keep track of appointments, music lessons, sports practices/games and family social events.
Meal Plan – A weekly meal plan will not only help you get dinner on the table but it will save you time and money as well.
Grocery List – Keep a grocery list on your fridge so you can mark when you are about to run out of items.
Kid Plan – Chore charts and lists with morning, afternoon and evening routines will help to keep kids on track.
Household To Do List – Keep a list of home projects that need to be done such as seasonal cleaning and repairs.
Important Information – Emergency information for babysitters, phone numbers for neighbors in the event that you children need to call, etc.
You can use a bulletin board, magnetic whiteboard or the front of your refrigerator. Choose a central location that is easy for everyone in the family to access and where you have space to file papers, pin lists and write notes.
Your Control Center will enable you to run your household smoothly and to keep each of your family members informed about what needs to happen. It can also help you to avoid multiple trips to the store and prevent you from scheduling or committing to two events at the same time. The key is using it and teaching your family to use it.
Today’s Task 1: Spend 10 – 20 minutes creating your Control Center. Remember to keep it simple. You can always change or add elements at a later time. Don’t let perfectionism keep you from taking action!
This is our current Control Center and you can find links to download each of these printables in the RESOURCES section below. You can pop the pages into page protectors and use a dry erase marker so that you don’t have to reprint the pages every week. (I just printed a new menu planner so I have no meals written in yet.)
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