6.18.2013

How to fail at keeping your family organized

Alright readers, it's time you do something for me.

I'm in serious, serious, monster need of the best method for keeping your family all sorts of organized.

I'm not even looking for any type of organization in particular, I will accept tips in all areas. Right now, these are a few of the plans I have in place (and my plans I mean these are the things that keep happening on a daily basis so some great mystical being is planning them out, or, I'm lazy and just keep falling into the same messy traps).

For starters, we have a laundry chair. We take our laundry out of the dryer and flop it onto the laundry chair. It's a giant circular chair-and-a-half that is located in the corner of our room for the time being and is used as a location for all the laundry I don't have time to fold.

Sometimes, when I'm annoyed with the clutter, I throw it into a laundry basket that then sits at the end of our bed. Essentially I just relocate the clutter, isn't that cute?

In my defense, on the occasion I actually fold the laundry, it usually ends up crinkled and unfolded when I attempt to shove it into it's proper place in our bedroom.

 All I can say is thank goodness we currently rent because I think a massive walk-in or double closet is now on our must-have list for buying a home. My husband and I go through cleaning sprees at least three times a year, but with clearance sales, work needs and my ever-morphing post-baby body we have quite the collection of clothing between the two of us.

For the record, our daughter and son's clothing fits fine it they're very clearly labeled and slotted bins and drawers, so we did one thing right when it comes to organization.

But laundry is really only part of our problem. We are busy, busy people. Between both my husband and I working full-time, my four to eight hours of softball lessons a week, Pear's swim lessons, dance lessons, whatever her busy body is signed up for, our family commitments, our friend commitments, we are a really, on-the-go family.

Don't get me wrong. I adore having things to do, places to go and people to see. In the last few months alone we've hosted a gender reveal party for a close friend, a birthday party for Pearyn, a bachelorette-bachelor party for our best friends, a wedding, birthday parties for our friends kids and 5ks and 10ks, oh my!

So far we've been testing out shared family calendar apps, but we haven't found one that doesn't feel like a chore to use. We have a large calendar in our living room that holds all of our appointments, trips and activities, I have a planner that sits dusty because my work-from-home job has made it extinct, and I have stacks of bills and e-bills scattered while I juggle to remember what gets paid when and where. Luckily I haven't missed a payment, but with more and more things adding up on our plates, I'm afraid I might.

So what's your secret to keeping your family organized? Is it an app? Is it a hands-on calendar? Is it auto-bill payment? This Chubby Vegan Clan is in serious need of an organization plan that doesn't need organizing of its own!

5 comments:

  1. We do autobill pays and a big dry erase calendar for all our activities! If you figure out the laundry though, let me know

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  2. I use iCal for all my bills and use the orange color for the category. If they come monthly, I make sure it repeats monthly. If it's a yearly payment (like car registration), I repeat for a years time. At the same time that I schedule repeating events, I include "reminders" 3 days before the bill is due. When I pay a bill, I star it in iCal by including an asterisk before the name of the event i.e *Visa Bill vs Visa Bill. That way when viewed monthly, I always know what bills are coming up and which I have paid for the month. I do billpay on some bills but I don't like this for any bill where the company will add on extra charges. Also my partner washes all the dishes. I wash all the clothes. If my clothes are dirty, I don't always care but I do care when my partner's clothes are all dirty and the clothes washer (me) hasn't done her job. This motivates me to wash clothes, dry them and put them away ASAP. I hope he feels the same with his dish washing :) This has worked well for us for about 3 years. The rest of the cleaning we are more lackadaisical about...

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  3. I find an old fashioned wall calendar and dry erase board works for me. As for laundry-- is it the sorting or the folding and putting away? I find folding the clothes in the room where they belong helps, otherwise they just end up in big messy piles on top of the washer.

    Kim

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  4. As much as it sucks you have to fold the laundry when its done- right then and there. It might take ten minutes. And it will make your life more organized.
    The only calendar that works is the one you will use- paper, book, wall or app. If you already have a wall calendar then use that as the "master" calendar for everything. Mark on it when what bills are due and keep the bills as you recieve them in the order they are due. Also schedule time off! I have a regular no plans night on wednesdays.
    Every sunday i spend two hours cooking for the coming week- a grain veggie salad for lunches, hard boiled eggs, muffins for breakfasts, and prep for a few dinners so i can put together a healthy meal quickly during the week
    Juggling it all is not easy!! These are just a few ways i figured out that work for me, hope its helpful....
    Ttrockwood(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Thanks for all the tips, I know I'm going to have to just tackle all that laundry, but boy is it not fun! Our big paper calendar is actually a pretty decent method, plus my husband and I have been sharing out our Google calendars with each other so that helps us keep kid and work appointments in check! Who knew being an adult was so much work ;)

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