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Tips for an organized family

In today’s busy world, families need realistic solutions that work on their schedule. Bullet journals and the Marie Kondo method work wonderfully for some, but others find it difficult to fit into their day or maintain a routine.

How do you maintain an organized family plan when you feel like you barely have time to focus on your own to-do list? Let’s start there!

Organize you first, organize family next

If you’ve ever flown on a plane (or even seen a movie where someone flew on a plane), you’ve heard a variation of the phrase “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others with theirs.” This statement holds true in everyday life as well, though less literally.

A great first step is setting aside some time to see what works for you personally. Your personality and work style have a lot to do with the organizational approach that works best for you. For example, are you a note-taker or do you prefer voice memos? Do you set reminders in your phone or set early alarms to give yourself extra time?

Once you figure out how to manage your own personal to-do list, it’ll help get you into the right headspace to help the rest of your family manage theirs. You can test out various methods until you find something that works well. Don’t be afraid to use technology! Home assistants and mobile devices are fantastic for keeping you on the ball and organized, including the Rosy Home digital family organizer and Rosy Go app.

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7 habits for a highly organized family

Have you got your own things in order? Fantastic! Time to bring in the rest of the family.

While this task can seem overwhelming and daunting, the benefits of having a cohesive organization plan for the whole family will do wonders for reducing the stress in the house. It will mean fewer chaotic mornings, fewer forgotten chores, and more quality family time.

Organize family meetings

Before you can succeed with your shiny new organized life, you all have to be on the same page. Kick things off with a family meeting to go over how you’ll work together as a unit.

The first meeting might take a while, which is why it’s a great idea to test a few things out yourself before bringing them to the (kitchen) table. Rather than trying to figure it out as you go, you can determine what works and what doesn’t before everyone gets bogged down in messy details.

Weekly family meetings are also a great way to check in with everyone and figure out what needs to be accomplished that week. Who has a doctor’s appointment, who has after-school practice, who needs a snack to bring in to share, what time do you need to be packed and ready to leave for your weekend trip?

Discuss all these things during the meeting, as well as any goals you have for the month, upcoming holidays, events that the family would like to attend, and anything else that would be relevant. Make sure you record everything so that you can put it on the calendar!

Bring in the kids

As long as your kids are at least three years old, there’s great news – they can help around the house! Part of keeping the organization running smoothly is delegation. You can’t do everything yourself, so let the kids help with age-appropriate chores.

Research routinely shows that children who do chores learn important life skills like time management and responsibility. You know your children best, so you know where their interests lie and what they can handle.

Here are some chores even young children can take care of:

  • Feeding pets
  • Setting and clearing the table
  • Helping with dinner
  • Simple cleaning
  • Tidying their room or play space
  • Dirty clothes in hamper, clean clothes in drawers
  • Wiping down counters in the bathroom

When everyone’s involved in making the household run smoothly, they feel accomplished and proud.

Start meal planning

While many people enjoy cooking, it can easily become a hassle at the end of a day that’s already chock full of work, school, and chores. One great way to reduce the stress around mealtime is to start planning out meals for the week ahead.

There are all kinds of guides out there that tell you how to make a meal plan, so we won’t get too deep into the weeds. Instead, let’s go over how you can modernize your planning to make it even simpler.

Technology is your friend! A digital home assistant like Rosy Home allows you to record voice memos so you can remind yourself what you need before your grocery trip every week. Check the fridge and pantry, dictate what you’ll need, and then use it to create your shopping list. If you prefer to write your list down, you can also use Rosy Home to scan it in and access it through Rosy Go!

Your home assistant is also a great place to scan and store all your favorite recipes. Choose what you’d like to make for the week and use that as a guide for your grocery list. For easy budgeting, upload all your receipts to Rosy Home so you can access them in one place.

Meal planning is an excellent way to take the guesswork out of what you’re making for dinner. With proper planning, you can also make enough for leftovers to be used in lunches or batch-cook meals to freeze and use at a later date or when you have a “fend for yourself” sort of night. Those happen!

Organize your email inbox

These days, we use email for so much more than work. Especially with everyone doing a lot of work from home and kids doing distance learning, you’re likely receiving dozens of emails a day. A cluttered inbox takes up a lot of mental space.

To help keep things in order and prevent the inevitable search for an important email amid a chaotic inbox, use the tools at your disposal to make life easier. A few tips:

  • Archive anything that you might need to reference at some point but don’t need for now
  • Create folders (work, school, vacation, donations, receipts, etc.)
  • Mark certain emails as important so they’re visually distinct from others
  • Alter your settings so emails from specific parties are delivered to an appropriate folder
  • Utilize your spam and promotion filters so you don’t get bogged down in junk mail
  • Carve out some time to unsubscribe from any newsletters or promotional emails you no longer want to receive

It may not seem like much, but it’ll go a long way toward making your inbox feel less daunting and helping you find what you’re looking for quickly. The less time you have to spend digging through your emails for the information you need, the better!

Reduce clutter by scanning everything

Organizing home paperwork doesn’t typically make anyone’s top ten list of ways to spend their free time. Even so, getting it done makes a world of difference in giving you even more free time down the road.

Filing cabinets and boxes are tried and true ways to declutter and organize your important paperwork, but if you’re planning on doing that anyway, you might as well save even more space by going digital. Organize family information, bills, birth certificates, and more by choosing a digital filing method that works best for you so that you can find what you need when you need it.

Rosy Home is an excellent central place to keep all your vital documents as well as everyday paperwork like shopping receipts and paid bills. Your information always stays private and secure, never accessible by anyone except those you choose.

Digitization is also a great choice for storing old photos, video, sound clips, and anything else that might degrade over time and you want to save for posterity. For even more security, keep copies on a removable hard drive that you can keep in a waterproof and fireproof box. This is also an excellent failsafe against fires or natural disasters.

After you organize documents at home by digitizing them, you can recycle anything you no longer need to keep. Now all that storage space is freed up and you know where everything is!

Come up with a cleaning routine

We all know how easy it is to let certain chores go until they seem unsurmountable, which is why it’s so important to come up with a routine that the whole family can get behind. When you have an organized family cleaning routine, monumental tasks suddenly aren’t so bad at all.

During the family meeting, decide who’s responsible for which task. You may want to assign tasks so everyone’s doing roughly the same work each week, or perhaps have things on a rotating schedule so no one person has to be responsible for a particularly unpleasant task all the time – like, say, cleaning toilets.

As mentioned above, even young children can participate in the routine. List out everything that needs to be cleaned and how often. Having a physical schedule you can post somewhere in the house really helps everyone see what needs doing and who’s assigned to do it.

And if anyone needs a little incentive to get their tasks done, there’s nothing wrong with that! You included.

Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate

You’ve done all the legwork at this point and uncovered all the best ways to maintain your newly organized family, so there’s only one thing left to do: consolidate everywhere you possibly can.

Get rid of duplicate paperwork and tasks, then find the gaps where you’re still wasting time searching for things or redoing chores. Everything we’ve already gone over so far will be a big help here, including all your now-digitized lists and reminders.

If you keep multiple journals, planners, calendars, or notebooks, it’s time to get all that stuff consolidated to a single location. It’s so much easier to have one thing to worry about versus a dozen!

Order in the house!

You’ve done it! Congratulations, you’re crushing it.

We hope these tips for organizing your household have helped you come up with a plan. We’d love to hear about how you’ve organized your family, so let us know what worked for you.

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