It’s time to celebrate, today marks the last day of our weekly Home Organization Challenges. The only thing left to do before moving on to the next step is to decide which order you want to put the weekly challenges in. When that’s done we can start working on our monthly challenges, you’re going to absolutely love this part, it’s where we’ll begin doing our detailed cleaning. I know, who loves detailed cleaning, but you will when we’re done.
Everything that we have been doing so far has involved planning, planning what you’re going to do in the morning, the afternoon, and in the evening. Planning is one of the most important parts in getting organized. Some people are lucky enough to be able to store all of this information in their heads, I’m not one of those people. I need to have everything spelled out in front of me otherwise I have a tenancy to overlook things, sometimes important things.
One of the keys to getting organized, is to plan ahead, that’s why I’ve included one day a week for planning. I’ve scheduled my planning day on Sunday’s, it’s the best time for me to check in with everyone to see what their commitments throughout the week are and to coordinate them with everyone’s schedules. Since the day is devoted to planning, this is also when we plan our Date Night and Family Day activities.
Another thing that I spend some time doing is planning our menu for the following week. It’s amazing what a little menu planning can do to save you some time and money. I actually don’t spend a lot of time on my menu planning because I already have several weeks of menus planned out, along with the shopping lists. I keep these menus and shopping lists in my Reminder Binder under the menu tab and when it’s time to go shopping I just pull it out and take it to the store with me, it makes life sooooo easy.
Here are some of the things that I do on Planning Day.
- Log everyone’s commitments for the week
- Plan Family Fun Day
- Plan Date Night
- Create Menu/Shopping List
Setting aside some time once a week to coordinate everyone’s schedules eliminates unnecessary stress and frustration. It also takes the last minute guess work out of deciding what you are going to do on your family fun day or date night. It’s nice to start the week out knowing exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.