I have a lot on my plate. I run a business, have a home to take care of, volunteer, have an elderly dog that needs a lot of care, and all those other things that add up.
I need a lot of organizational tools to help me keep up with it all, or at least try to keep up with it. There are those two baskets of clean clothes waiting to be folded, but everyone is alive and most things are taken care of.
There are so many things in my life that I use to help keep me on track but these five organizational tools are the biggest things and translate well into most any family.
Organizational Tools You Need to Try Home Management Binder
This is essential and very helpful when it comes to taking care of your home. I keep so many things in this binder. It’s where I put my cleaning and meal planning printables, important papers, and so much more.
If it’s needed in the running of my house it is likely found in this binder. I think this is something every adult needs as soon as they get their first home or apartment that they are responsible for.
Additional Resource: How to Create a Home Management Binder
My home management binder isn’t something I need every day. It’s a bit more for reference and seasonal type things. My planner is where the day to day things go.
Some weeks I’m on top of things and do pretty layouts with stickers and color code everything. Sometimes I just quickly write in the things I need to remember. Both ways work.
Additional Resource: Popular Planners for Every Budget
Since I don’t have kids my husband and I just keep our joint calendar on our phones but if you have kids and a lot of different activities a family organizer is a must. It’s also helpful in the case of an emergency and is overall just a good thing to keep on hand.
You can keep your family calendar in it, contact information for your kid’s schools, doctors, etc… Keep track of medical information and all the other things that can end up lost or forgotten.
Additional Resource: How I Set Up Our Family Organizer
Wall Command Center
This is a new one for me that I’m loving. In my office, I set up a command center on my wall. It’s a dry erase board and also magnetic. I can keep track of things, write notes, and it’s easy to use for different things as needed.
I choose the Erin Condren wall organization center because it has interchangeable boards making it really useful for me. I can either have a calendar up for those busy months or just a dry erase board that I can do whatever I need to with. This is great for if I’m working on a project and need to write notes or just want to have a daily schedule up instead of monthly.
There are other options out there as well so just find one that works for you. You can keep it in an office like I choose to do or keep it in a room that gets more family use.
Additional Resource: Erin Condren Wall Organization Center Review
Last but not least our phones can be such a useful organization tool. My husband and I have a family calendar on our phones so we always can see what the other person has going on.
I also use my notes app a lot. I have notes for everything! I keep a shopping list on my phone on an app, I use the reminders a lot to have my phone remind me of important things, I have a daily alarm to remind me to take medicine and so many other useful tools.
Phones can be a distraction but they can also help us so much when we use them well. Think of the kinds of things that it’s helpful to always have at your fingertips and find an app that will help you do that.
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