By Organising guru – Sharne Kuper
Many of you may go digital all the way when it comes to yearly diaries. However, I know a lot of people who still prefer to use the paper kind and some who like to use both (personally I would find that confusing!) If you have kids it can be helpful to also have a wall calendar. This way everyone can see what is happening on any given day for each individual.
Whatever it is, make sure you don’t delay. Go out and buy it ASAP. That way any appointments coming your way between now and New Year can be slotted straight in.
My favourite wall calendar for the family is the Kikki K large family calendar at $29.95 (also available in small $24.95). It has space for up to 6 family members.
- PLAN THE HOLIDAYS
I find it really helpful to plan out the month of January. If you are lucky enough to have a significant holiday planned during the summer school break these holidays then you may not find this as necessary. For me it takes the pressure off the eternal question “What are we doing today Mum?” and also lets you budget ahead.
There are no better people to help you plan the month than the little ones in your life. Get them involved in deciding the things they would like to do. Everything from play dates, parks to visit, beaches to swim at, stuff to make & bake and movies to see.
- BEACH BAG READY
Come summer I always have a beach bag on the go. It lives in my laundry next to a pile of beach towels. My beach bag essentials for families with kids are:
- Suncream and basic first aid kit
- Water bottles
- Swimmers & rashies & swim hats
- Talcum powder (for getting the sand off legs and feet before getting in the car)
- Sand toys & ball
- Sun shelter/umbrella
- Tub trug (for bringing wet gear home from the beach in)
- DECLUTTER THE TOYS
If you didn’t have a chance to do this pre-Xmas then during the holidays is a great time. No doubt your children received a number of gifts at Christmas and if it is not just a case of too many toys it might be that there are toys that they have simply outgrown.
Now is the time to declutter the toys with your children’s involvement. This teaches them the act of giving to those less fortunate than themselves and makes way for a less cluttered bedroom and play area.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Before you know it those carefree days of school holidays are coming to a close and you need to think about the return to school and what needs to be ready. Aside from the obvious items like uniform, shoes, lunchbox, drink bottle and back pack I also prepare the following 2 essentials for my kids back to school routine:
Morning chart – On this chart I list what they need to do every morning with additions of what they need to do on each given day. For example:
Every morning – breakfast, clean teeth, get dressed, pack school bag + lunch + water bottle
Monday library day
Tuesday sports day etc
You can find many free printables on sites like Pinterest for helping you make up your children’s personalised chart. For the younger ones who cannot yet read visual images can also help them understand what they need to do i.e. an image of a library bag or a water bottle
I keep these charts in their bedrooms.
Homework box or caddy – Homework can sometimes be a chore and there is nothing worse than sitting down to do it and then finding you don’t have what they need at the ready for them to make the most of their time. To avoid this prepare a homework box or caddy and make sure that everything they need is at their fingertips. This can include items like scissors, ruler, glue, scrap paper, eraser, pencils and sharpeners.
Feature image credit: greatbeachchairs.joomla.com All other images: Howards Storage (tub trug), Kikki K (family wall calendar), Pinterest (homework caddy), Stockvault (beach umbrellas)
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“Sharne is a Sydney based Professional Organiser. After spending most of her career in fashion she has found her calling in helping people reclaim their space and simplify their lives. “I love doing what I do and seeing what a difference it can make in peoples lives is very rewarding”