This quick guide to organise daily family life is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting.
The overwhelm of daily family life comes swift and mercilessly. One minute we feel like we’ve got this, the next we are drowning in a sea of paper, unwashed clothes and slothful children. Enough already!
We’ve rounded up our best short, sharp tips for organising daily family life. Start at #1 and work your way through to #5. Ahem, lady, you’ve got this.
1 x GAME CHANGER
Just meal plan already! You’ve read about what a difference meal planning makes, so why aren’t you doing it yet?
2 x THINGS THAT MATTER
1. Write things down. Don’t force yourself to remember things – that’s just another burden on your mental load
2. Make sure everything has a home. There’s no way you can keep everything tidy if nothing has a home.
3 x IMPORTANT RULES
1. Allocate enough time. Don’t spend your life rushing because you’re not realistic about how long kids take to do things
2. Stick to a cleaning routine. Don’t let it pile up on you. Fold the washing as soon as you bring it in and put it straight away. Have a cleaning schedule that means you do a little every day, not a lot one day (because one day never comes).
3. Get the kids involved. Organising daily family life is so much easier when everyone is helping out.
4 x THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW
1. Create some family go-bags. Have go bags for every activity your family does on a regular basis and keep them topped up. That way, you just grab a bag on your way out the door.
2. Put some screen rules in place. So much time is wasted every single day on screens.
3. Create a dedicated area for school paperwork. This will help you keep track of school life
4. Plan a week of meals. Again, we can’t stress enough how much of a game-changer meal planning is.
5 x RESOURCES
1. Zen Habits: A guide to getting good at dealing with chaos
2. Childhood 101: 10 simple ways to get your family more organised
3. Planning with Kids: Where to start getting organised at home
4. HuffPost: 7 apps for family organisation
5. Becoming Minimalist: 15 clutter-busting tips for any family
Would you consider yours to be an organised family? Have you found your rhythm?