I’ve often talked about our house having a ‘command station’ or central hub, where you could find almost anything you need.
And though each family should have one, I’m sure that for each family it’s different.
Ours command station is in our kitchen, and it always has been.
In our kitchen, near our phone, near our newly organized junk drawers, we have a tile that literally tells the story of our week.
It has been hugely helpful for us, and it’s something that I cannot recommend highly enough.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Organize Your Family’s Week–Small Step With Big Payoff:
So how do we make our week happy? Easy.
We share the love. We share the news. We share the schedule.
There’s no biggie calendar on the way with everything we need; we use google calendar for that.
Instead, we go weekly.
Here’s what helps me take our schedule day by day. . . the widget for my phone. . .
. . . and this calendar widget shows our whole google calendar on one screen.
Monday through Sunday each and every week.
On an 8″ by 10″ ceramic tile–one kind of like this tile but bigger.
We use dry erase markers and a happy little photo stand.
Even when we were doing our kitchen renovation, we used the weekly tile. Just kind of in a different place.
What we do to make our week happy is we put it all out there. We lay out the week’s plan at the beginning of each week. That way, any time the kids want to see what’s going on, all they have to do is check out the tile. If they want to add something, they can.
The little letter on the righthand side of the tile? The letter of whomever’s day it is. No questions. No surprises.
And at the end of the week, we wipe it away and start fresh.
During the summer, we don’t go week by week; rather, we go day by day.
Our days together are longer in the summer, so there’s a lot more that happens in those hours between wake-up and bedtime. On summer mornings, the very first thing I do is write down the daily schedule so that there are few surprises.
And from breakfast to dive to swim to lunch and afternoon pool time, it’s all covered.
It’s not perfect, by any means.
But it helps.
And for kids who oftentimes thrive on routine, it’s helpful for them to know that our schedule is always here.
So there you have it–a really quick way to organize your family’s week in super-small steps with big payoffs.
How do you stay organized? What do you use to keep your family organized each week? I’d love to hear it!
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