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What do you use to help orginize yourself / your home / your family? Just lookign for ideas that were helpful to other people.
 

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System? I'm supposed to have some kind of system? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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a system??<br>
let me see...<br>
make sure no one is hurt, make sure no one is hurting someone... make sure nothing is on fire.... do we have milk? get child off chair, stop 2nd child from climbing on table, 1st child pulls out vacuum... ok im going to vacuum... while vacuum is running :: child 1 falls, 2nd child spills the milk.... 3rd child wakes up....<br>
OH FORGET IT....<br>
go back to original philsophy<br>
1. anything burning<br>
2. anyone hurt<br>
3. all kids accounted for<br>
4. repeat as needed<br><br>
probably not what you were looking for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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I use Flylady's system and it is saving my sanity. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have three laminated household to-do lists in the kitchen for chores; one for daily, one for weekly and one for monthly. There's a calender in the kitchen to keep track of appointments, kids I'm babysitting and plans outside the home.<br><br>
I try to plan out a menu for the week on wither Sunday or Monday so I know what I'm cooking and what we need to go buy from the grocery store.
 

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Menu planning and routines for me.<br><br>
Every week I use Word and type out 7 full dinners. Underneath that I write MEAT, PRODUCE, DAIRY, FROZEN and GROCERY and I break the meal ingredients into categories. I add the non-dinner items that we need that week under the correct category and that is our grocery list. I go shopping first thing Saturday mornings and when I get home I hang the list on the fridge so I can use it to pick a new dinner each day.<br><br>
I follow a loose routine each day of getting up, picking up the living room & kitchen, dishwasher, breakfast/coffee, throw in a load of laundry. Late morning I make the bed, I vacuum after nap and start dinner around 3.
 

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How about all the of the above, which rarely gets implemented or used in a meaningful way? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: We really are trying to work on our organization! Now that I'm graduated we'll have an opportunity...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">a system??<br>
let me see...<br>
make sure no one is hurt, make sure no one is hurting someone... make sure nothing is on fire.... do we have milk? get child off chair, stop 2nd child from climbing on table, 1st child pulls out vacuum... ok im going to vacuum... while vacuum is running :: child 1 falls, 2nd child spills the milk.... 3rd child wakes up....<br>
OH FORGET IT....<br>
go back to original philsophy<br>
1. anything burning<br>
2. anyone hurt<br>
3. all kids accounted for<br>
4. repeat as needed<br><br>
probably not what you were looking for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> Good lord, that sounds like my house, and I only have two kids!
 

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I've recently started making myself use my planner, and it's helping. I use:<br><br><a href="https://www.familyorganizer.com/product.aspx?id=10" target="_blank">https://www.familyorganizer.com/product.aspx?id=10</a><br><br>
I like the layout best of all the ones I've examined. I use it in a bigger binder and have an extra pad and address pages in the back. I've also been trying to implement the running to-do list system, where I put EVERYTHING I think of on the to-do list in the back, and transfer things that I think I will get done each day if I have time into the daily or weekly section (crossing off the running list as I do). I note everything on the day it's scheduled for, and then also note it on the monthly page so I can see the month at a glance.<br><br>
I also recently started making a meal plan, which is proving EXTREMELY useful, but somewhat difficult to stick to unless it goes like this: Breakfast--waffles, Lunch--cream cheese and jelly, Dinner--cream cheese and jelly, Breakfast--waffles, Lunch--cream cheese and jelly, Dinner--cream cheese and jelly, Breakfast--waffles, Lunch--cream cheese and jelly, Dinner--cream cheese and jelly, Breakfast--waffles, Lunch--cream cheese and jelly, Dinner--cream cheese and jelly, Breakfast--waffles, Lunch--cream cheese and jelly, Dinner--cream cheese and jelly.<br><br>
I'm getting knocked off track by the frustration of the two kids refusing to eat what I make. Also, I keep forgetting to defrost things! Which reminds me...<br><br>
I want/need a routine so badly, but I work from home, so I'm forever trying to squeeze in work here and there, and it makes a routine difficult to stick to.<br><br>
I highly recommend Confessions of an Organized Homemaker and, to a lesser extent, Confessions of a Happily Organized Family, by Deniece Schofield. I got so many great, practical ideas from the first one, and the second had a few very valuable ones too. I borrowed them from the library and then went and dug them up through Paperbackswap.com to always have on hand, I found them so helpful.<br><br>
ETA, you should also check out:<br><br><a href="http://motivatedmoms.com/" target="_blank">http://motivatedmoms.com/</a><br><br>
I ordered the half page one, and staple or clip the MM into the appropriate week's page in my planner (when I remember). It's cheap ($7?) and helpful in getting into a routine.
 
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