4 Tips to Organizing as a Family

09 November, 2015

As the holiday season approaches, it becomes more and more evident how busy we are. Work, school, meetings, basketball practice, dance lessons, holiday engagements, projects—the list goes on and on. With all of your commitments and chaos, it’s inevitable that an appointment gets missed, communication gets crossed and maybe a kid gets left at piano lessons …
 
If this scenario rings a bell in your own life, check out these great tips on how to get organized as a family!
 
1. Make time. The first step to getting organized as a family is to make time. Take 10 minutes at the end of every day to sit down as a group and discuss the next day’s activities. Who needs the car? Who needs picked up or dropped off? Who can swing by the house to let the dog out? These are little details that can be ironed out in just a few minutes. This might also be an excellent time for you to catch up and ask how each other’s days went and share the day’s highs and lows.
 
Lulalu Meal Planner2. Meal planning. A great way to take some stress out of the week is to plan your meals ahead of time. On Saturday or Sunday, make a list of what you’ll pack for lunch and make for dinner each day, go to the store and do as much as you can ahead of time. Chop vegetables, throw dinner in the crock pot and even bake enough chicken to make several different recipes throughout the week. Take a look at the assortment of Lulalu meal planners - from notebooks to pads - to simplify your planning.
 
3. De-clutter. You will feel a million times better if you rid your life of some clutter. Many times you are late for something because you can’t find your keys on the crowded table or you cannot remember where you last saw the remote control. Take a weekend to rid your home of anything you haven’t used in the past six months, and you’ll immediately feel a sense of relief.
 
4. Keep a family calendar. With a calendar that all family members can access and edit, you can keep everyone’s commitments straight. Take it to the next level by color-coding each family member, and fill in regular, standing activities at the beginning of each month. Consider adding the Lulalu Chore Chart List Pad to your family calendar. Each sheet allows you to delegate chores and structure everything in a way that fits your family’s needs. Stick it to your refrigerator, glass or mirror for easy access! 

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