The weather’s hot, school has begun, and everything around you is crazy! If you feel like you’re running around in circles all day long, it’s time to get the school year started off right for your family by getting organized. Having an organized family schedule and plan will make everyone’s life simpler, and give you more free time to slow down once in a while! Here’s how to get started:

1. Family Calendar. If you’re like most families with children, everyone is on the go all day long during the week. Did you ever forget to pick up your kids from sports practice or about their parent teacher conference? Are you always running around in a hurry to get to the next place you need to be? If this sounds like you, you need a family calendar!

What should your family calendar include? That’s easy; everything! Kids sporting events, school events, who’s in charge of driving to each event, your own schedule and any family obligations. Make sure to put your family calendar in a commonly used area of the house, preferably hanging on the wall so that everyone in the family can easily see. Each family member will then know what’s going on at all times, which will make planning new events easier! Use your calendar religiously, and make sure the rest of your family members do as well.

2. Incoming/Outgoing document station. Kids are always needing something singed for school, or money for an activity. Have a spot in your house for incoming and outgoing documents. Your kids can put anything that needs your attention in the incoming tray, so that you can take care of it in the evening when you have time. Once your done, put it in the outgoing box and your children can grab it on their way out the door the next day. As with any habit, it takes time to get use to, but make it a point for you and your children to check the trays each day for new items.

3. Meals. Use your family calendar to determine the nights in which your family will need something to eat. Then, start out your week by meal planning and going to the grocery store. It’s also a good idea to plan out which family member will have time to cook each particular day, so that there’s no confusion. This sounds simple enough, but it can save you a lot of headache and a lot of eating out during week!

4. Family time. Don’t forget to schedule in family time each week. Getting caught up in busy activity everyday is OK, but families who take time out each week to spend together are happier and healthier. Don’t forget to mark this time each week on your family calendar!

If you have tips on keeping your family organized during the school year, drop us a comment!