11 Smart Organisation Tips For A Super Productive Family Life
Parenting is a wonderful job but let’s face it, it’s a hard one. Any attempts to make it easier and free up my time for the more important things is ok with me. So I’ve put together a list of my favourite tips that help my automate or alleviate some of the essentials of family life. Because let’s face it freedom is what we’re all looking for. So without further ado here are my 11 smart organisation tips for a super productive family life.
1. The Calendar is King
I don’t know what I’d do without my calendar and my diary. Life seems to flow so much more smoothly when I use them. The kids love to see the activities they have coming up we also like to decorate with stickers and make it more fun.
2. Family Mission Statement.
Get together as a family and decide what’s important to you. What are your core beliefs? What do you want to achieve as a family? Get creative and make it beautiful and exciting. Hang the finished product on the wall in a place you will all see it regularly, then you can all refer back to it during the tough times. I will be doing another post on mission statements.
Affirmations are positive statements that you can say to yourself to help you stay positive and deal with difficult times. Pick yourself a few favourites and learn them by repeating them daily then you will have them to hand when you need them.
4. Day boxes
Sort everything your child needs for the week into boxes labelled Monday to Friday. Include outfits, library books, sports kit, entry passes, birthday gifts, after-school activities, anything. This works especially well for young children, you can even put them away and hand them a box every morning or evening.
5. Meal Planning
I can’t say meal planning will stop your kids from complaining about the yummy meals you plan to prepare but at least they can get all their complaining out of the way in advance. Meal plans are also great for shopping lists and sticking to your budget.
6. Chore Cards/Charts
If you don’t like the idea of having regular chores maybe chore cards or charts will help. Make a set of cards with all the weekly chores on and get your child to pick one when it’s time for clean up. I find chore charts work better for children who prefer to know what’s going on in advance and are not keen on change.
7. Refrigerator Planning.
At the beginning of each week, prepare small tubs or bags of healthy snacks for your children to grab and go. arrange these neatly in the refrigerator. When the kids go to the fridge they will see the healthy cute snack boxes you have prepared first and hopefully grab those before looking for junk to snack on. This works really well for independent lunch packing too.
8. Boredom Busters:
Prepare a jar of activity ideas so when your children say those two dreaded words “I’m Bored” you can have them pick an activity from the jar.
9. Wifi Time
Do you struggle to get your kids off of the tablets? For some, this is not a problem. It works for some households. If not, consider introducing set times when the wifi will be on and off for everybody. This is a difficult one I know and it will not be easily accepted but if you keep it up it will soon become the norm and the complaints will eventually stop. I find this works best if it’s lead by example… yes, time to dust off the board games, that means grown-ups too.
10. Gentle Reminders
Pop up a simple morning routine checklist or “now wash your hands” sign in the bathroom. This can be all some children need to take on a little responsibility. You can even have them help you and assign a few simple rewards to each task, however, I’m not making any promises on this one.
A little bit of positivity goes a long way. Our children watch our every move. When we are mindful of our attitude we are able to set a better example. It’s not easy but if we’re consistently positive, motivated, action takers, our children are more likely to be that way too. Negativity, However spreads like wildfire.
BONUS: A place for everything and everything in its place.
Assign and label a space for everything so when it’s time to tidy up there’s no confusion as to what goes where. A few labelled boxes, drawers and cupboards might take a while to set up but it can save hours of stress and struggles in the long run.
That’s all I have for now. Good luck in your mission to free up your life. I hope these tips help you along the way. If you have any more tips to add. I’d love to hear them.