Happy Monday! For many it is a holiday, off from work for President’s Day along with the kids.
Quick question, have you ever wished for one central spot to keep the kids and you organized? I mean besides the pile on the kitchen counter or table when the kids unpack their bags from school? Maybe you have a basket where everything gets dropped?
If you are like me, usually something gets lost in the “pile”. Or something never makes it to the pile so it never gets done. What if you had one spot for everything?
Does your refrigerator look like this? Notes and lists everywhere. Mine isn’t this neat and as a result, you guessed it, things get lost.
As women, we need to fulfill many roles and take care of many responsibilities in our families. Everyone looks to us to keep them on track.
A Control Center is the communication center for your family where you keep track of all activities, as well as the plan for managing your household. It is in one central location so everyone knows the plan. Each control center may be different BUT the common elements are:
Calendar: to keep track of appointments, doctor’s appointments, music lessons, sports practices/games and family social events. We have one on the fridge but the information never seems to make it past my planner or the calendar on our phones.
Meal Plan – A weekly meal plan will not only help you get dinner on the table but will save you time and money as well. Since it is just hubby and I, there is not meal plan. LOL. I cook on Monday and Tuesday for the week for him and freeze. A meal plan allows the kids to pitch in and help to get things ready.
Grocery List – Keep a grocery list on your fridge so you can mark when you are about to run out of items. We use a wipe board and add to it as needed which is a HUGE help when it comes time to grocery shop.
Kid Plan – Chore charts and lists with morning, afternoon and evening routines will help to keep kids on track.
This is also a good spot for Emergency information for babysitters. A list of phone numbers for neighbors is good to in case your children need to call them.
The Oh Snap Pockets by Thirty One are perfect for kids papers or to keep forms handy. They can be personalized for tasks or for individuals OR you the chalk front which is easily wipeable to change as needed. The Oh Snap Bins are great for keys or your cell phone.
The key to a successful system is to keep it as simple as possible. Too many steps or ‘over-organizing’ can be a waste time. Choose your most basic, essential needs and skip unnecessary elements.
Not a lot of space, how about the NEW Hang-It Pocket Organizer. Get organized in the mudroom, office or playroom with this five-pocket organizer. It can be tied on a door or hung on the wall. Extra-roomy pockets are great for craft supplies, file folders or even kids’ toys. Pair it with our Wall Together collection for the ultimate wall storage solution!
Printables are courtesy of The Peaceful Mom. Be sure to check out her blog for more tips, tricks and printables.
My essentials in our control center is a calendar and the grocery list. Choose what works for you. What would you include?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!