Organize Your Family

Organize your family for smoother daily activities to reduce the stress of modern living. Whether you have a small family or a large one, you need to learn how to prioritize to get things done. The steps will vary according to need, age of family members, whether or not family members have disabilities and the size of your family, but establishing order from chaos can be done with some planning.


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Calendars

If you are serious about organizing your family, you need to start with a schedule or calendar of activities. You can buy calendars or print free ones for scheduling activities. You can make individual ones for each family member, but to be effective you need a large one that can hold everything so it is easy to see everyone’s schedule at a glance.

For the family that uses many electronic devices, using online calendars and reminders is also a good option. All smartphones have a calendar that you can use to set an alarm for events. They are also useful for sending group reminders or invitations for activities. Many email services offer these types of calendars that are effective as reminders.

Scheduling makes it easy to keep track of practice time for kids who are involved in various activities. It also identifies schedule conflicts quickly, so it is easier to put arrangements in place to prevent kids from missing out. Having a number of kids involved in different activities at different locations sometimes requires organizing backup transportation. For many parents, it helps to share transportation responsibilities with other families.

Color-coding activities on a calendar will highlight the most important events. Use a color that will jump out at you so that anyone can see it at a glance, such as red, a popular color but other bright colors are just as good.

Alarms

Setting different alarm times for getting out of bed makes it easier for family members to get ready in the morning. This approach is especially helpful for large families with children of varying ages. When you organize your family this way, fewer squabbles occur over bathroom time, plus it allows younger ones to sleep in a little longer.

Using increments of 20 minutes can prevent a lot of frustration when getting ready in the morning. Weekends are generally easier, but with school-aged kids, being on a schedule makes a difference in what can be a chaotic morning routine.

Planning Meals

Planning meals is another great time saver if you want to know how to organize your family. Knowing beforehand what meals to cook means less time looking for ingredients and wondering what you are going to put together. The same approach applies to planning school lunches.

Assembling Records

Keeping a folder or binder with important information is one key component in any plan to organize your family. This folder ideally should contain the following information:

  • Contact information for family doctors, dentists and any other specialists
  • Telephone numbers for the closest police station, fire station and the poison control center
  • Copies of vital records such as birth certificates for children
  • Copies of immunization records for children
  • School calendar with schedules for the activities of the children
  • Contact information for backup transportation

Chores

Make it a habit to break down chores into lists and assign them to individuals, but make the list manageable, trying to do everything at once will only cause frustration. While planning, keep in mind the time needed for school and work activities as well.

When you organize your family, everyone benefits, as apart from a reduction of stress, it makes it easier for family members to have more time for other things, including more family time for fun activities.

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