It’s time for me to get ORGANIZED- I need it my life. I’ve noticed I’m not focused or on top of things when my house is not organized. I need that in my life or I get depressed. I was able to find some great tools to work with at Staples, they are the best for getting organized. I needed to sit down and figure this all out and get rid of clutter and things we just don’t want anymore. Here are some tips for you to get prepared. Plus below I have printables for Organization.
1. Dinner Plan. Sit down on Saturday or Sunday and plan out your weekly meals. Try new recipes (which you can find on Pinterest) and put couple family favorites on there too. When you got down what you are cooking for the week then go into kitchen and write down what you need from the store. I’m on a budget so I can’t be just buying because it’s on sale or looks good. Put your list on your phone (I always leave my list at home but always take my phone so I’ve learned) and print out your menu plan out then put on Fridge. Every day my kids asked me what is for dinner so that menu plan answers their question. Planning your dinner menu and shopping list will save you money and time. I know I need a lot of both.
2. Create a family notebook. Yes, a whole notebook just for the family. Each child would have their own section. They bring home a lot of papers (specially the first week) so make sure you have it all in one place. I have the Staples Better Binder with Removable Rings because it is sturdy, holds a lot of papers, and can be placed in file cabinet. I put everything I need in the notebook. I have my TO DO list, Homework Schedule, Lunch and Dinner planners, and Calendar all in one place. You will also need the Staples® One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler to put papers together. Last year I kept telling myself- get a Stapler but never did and I was loosing papers all the time. This year I’m on it- I got a stapler.
3. Keep a smaller calendar. I have the Staples Arc Customizable Leather Notebook which I LOVE! You can customize the way you want your notebook- with your favorite accessories (fillers) that help you be organized. I like to have the calendar so I can manage mine and the kids’ schedules more efficiently by adding school-related items to the calendar, like holidays and school events. I have projects every month so I need to add that to my notebook plus a To Do list just in case I’m not home. You can keep the organizer with you and make changes whenever something comes up. I love that it fits in my purse!
4. Set up a homework schedule. I made a special “homework” printable and every day when they come home from school they will need to write down their homework assignments for that day. Before any TV or Games they will need to show me their homework and I can cross of the sheet. This is a good way for your kids to have visual proof of their progress, and for you to keep track of what they’re doing. Accountability is important.
5. Plan out what to pack for lunch. My kids want me to step up my lunch packing skills- no more sandwiches they told me. I will ask them what they want and from that and what is on sale at the store I can plan out the weeks lunch. Plus I like having this Lunch Printable because then I can show them and they don’t have to ask every day….What’s For Lunch, they just look at form.