This is part 2 of getting you started using your Family Home Organizer. If you have arrived here without first reading Part 1 then please check out How to Use Home Organizers Part 1 here. It's so important not to feel too overwhelmed so please don't rush through this process. If you can change or add one new habit or routine into your family each week and can keep to it then in a year's time you will be a long way along in your journey of building an organized, happy and stress free home. Just don't forget to look back and realise how far you have come!
So our next steps...
3. Storage of Home Organizers
It is really important to keep your home organizer in a central place in the home so that it can be accessed by everyone. Some families pick a place in the kitchen or near the telephone. Our home office area is opposite the kitchen and everyone has to walk past it everyday so that's where we keep ours. It has to be where everyone visits regularly. Wherever you choose, this will become your organization central.
Using a pin up board, whiteboard, or blackboard (or fridge) is usefull for hanging up different lists or calendars that need to be seen regularly by everyone throughout the day. Having a menu plan visible for all the family to see saves you having to answer the same questions all day, "What are we having for dinner mum?" There are six people in our house and they all like to ask the same questions within 2 minutes of each other!! See how stress can be avoided? They leave you alone and check the board! It's wonderful! We also use this space to display our chore chart / Reward Chart, our Weekly Activity Planner and a Monthly Calendar.
In your household organizer space keep a good supply of pens, pencils, highlighters and coloured stickers handy for inputting information as it comes along. I like to use a recipe stand to display my household organizer on so it's handy to flick through to the section I need. It's a good idea to keep plastic pockets at the back of your folder or in the necessary section for putting in favourite recipes, new playgroup, school or music rosters and notices you need to keep and input information from.
Use a sturdy folder or leather binder to keep your home organizer all together and in good condition all throughout the year.
4. Inclusion of Family
As a family, the more you interact together with this planner, the more effective it will be. come of the areas that can be done as a family are:
setting your weekly activities schedule together - have a family get together with drinks and snacks and chat about your week and what you are all doing. As children grow into teenagers, you will really appreciate this time of discussing your week and deciding together how to make it all happen!
When first setting up your home organizer and household organizer zone, take some time to explain where everyone can find the information they need and where they can add information. For example, show them where to find the menu plan, a shopping list if they need to add items for you as they run out, how to check the calendar or add items on as they are invited to different events etc.
Plan together how each member of the family will contribute to the smooth running of the family home (chore charts / responsibilities and types of rewards etc)
5. Priority of Home Organizers
The family home organizer must be the first point of call for all new events, activities and tasks that come along. Don't be tempted to jot information down on random bits of paper or sticky notes and leave newsletters and invitations lying around. Go straight to the Household Organizer Zone and at least put notes inside the planner to be written into your calendars when you have time.
Set yourself and your family a 30 minute time slot each week (my husband and I did this on our own when our kids were too small) to look over the week, the bills and finances that need to be paid that week and to make sure the planner is updated. It's a great way to help keep each other from getting too busy and to make sure some time together is planned and kept free. My husband and I often browse the Dating Diva's date ideas and we talk about who we might like to invite over for a meal or what plans we might like to make for the weekend. When we don't so this we all end up in different places at different times and rarely see each other when we have free time! This is pretty stressful for me as I love down time with my family all together. It also means a lot to me, as the one responsible for all our bill payments etc that my hubby is kept up to date with what is happening with our accounts so we can make decisions together and I don't feel the burden all on my shoulders.
So there you have it! Home Organisers come in all shapes and sizes but the style that I favour is one that I can print out and tailor to suit my needs, is cost effective (I don't have to buy fresh pages every year!) and I can put my own artistic design to it by purchasing a quality binder and tabs for it.
If you like these features of a Home Organiser then be then keep an eye out for our latest edition to be released soon!!