Organized Christmas? Make a Christmas Planner Notebook

What’s the fast-track way to an organized holiday season? Prepare for the holiday season with the help of a Christmas planner notebook!

Most often created as a simple 3-ring binder, a Christmas planner notebook is Santa Central for an organized Christmas.

Because you make your own Christmas planner, each notebook will be unique: a treasure trove of personalized planning helpers to cut holiday-season stress.


Household Notebook: Planner for an Organized Home

So you think businesspeople are the only folks who need a personal planner? Think again: families need an organizer, too, to keep life moving smoothly on the home front!

Whether it’s called a household notebook, a home management binder or family organizer, this simple idea saves time, cuts stress, and enhances communication in any-sized family or household.

A standard-sized binder stocked with calendars and schedules, planner forms and inventories, a Household Notebook creates a one-stop information center for busy families. Whether it’s a carpool schedule or a co-worker’s phone number, the Household Notebook holds the information you need to check each day.


Magic Minimum: Cleaning Secret of Organized Families

Is there time to clean house? Not for today’s busy families!

Between work, children’s activities, and vacation plans, even the most leisurely days don’t seem long enough to get everything done at home.

There’s a solution for busy times! Just as your body needs a “minimum daily allowance” of vitamins and minerals, an organized home needs a minimum of maintenance and attention to keep running smoothly.


Tame Morning Madness with a Family Launch Pad

Morning Madness! Only the pre-dinner “Arsenic Hour” comes close in the “Calgon, take me away!” category.

Bathroom fights, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, “Mommy! I can’t find my . . . !”

Getting the family out the door in the morning can make any parent want to pull the bedclothes up and hide.

One small concept can go a long way to taming the morning beast: the family Launch Pad. Just as a spaceship must have a dedicated structure to support liftoff, so family members need a Launch Pad to stabilize them as they blast out the door.


Get Organized for Homeschool

In my years as worker, mother and home manager, I have experienced a full range of life’s little organizational challenges. I have run a business from a home shared with two tiny children and moved cross-country (and back). I’ve merged two cluttered households into one small city apartment, and lived for many happy years with a card-carrying packrat husband.

The challenge of home schooling a child beat them all hands-down, organizationally speaking.


Teaching Kids The Planner Habit

Teachers, parents and homeschool families know that training kids to the planner habit makes for successful students.

School districts throughout the USA issue planners to pupils and integrate planner use into the school day. Homeschool families use planners to track and organize lessons, chores and activities, while tech-savvy teens rely on smartphone calendar and to-do apps to organize their work.

A student planner is only a tool. How do you teach a child to use one? Try these tips to teach kids the planner habit.


Get Organized: Tips to Help With Homework

The start of a new school year means fresh supplies and new outfits … and their less-welcome cousin, homework. How will you handle daily homework sessions in your organized home?

To stave off homework battles, it pays to make a plan. Creating a homework routine undercuts foot-dragging, while setting up a homework station keeps distractions to a minimum. Having a plan for homework accountability encourages student responsibility–and sees to it that homework gets done on time.

Ready to plan for homework? Try these tips to get it done swiftly, done right during the coming school year.


Kids and Clothing: Win the Wardrobe Wars

What to wear? For many families, this simple question is a daily flash-point for conflict on school mornings.

A budding fashionista throws a tantrum if a given outfit doesn’t meet her standards, while another child insists on wearing one favorite shirt day after day–laundered or not. Younger children resist getting dressed at all, delaying the whole family’s departure–and everyone’s mood descends to the basement before the day has even begun.

Win the wardrobe wars! Try these ideas to get ’em up, dressed and off to school on time.


Gear Up for School Lunches

Will you add “pack school lunches” to your to-do list when school starts? Time to get organized!

School-day mornings veer to frazzled in a heartbeat, and never more so than when trying to pack lunches while locating laundry, overseeing homework and calling children to breakfast.

Give yourself a break, and take time now to prepare for the school lunch routine. With nine months of lunch duty ahead, planning school lunch menus will make it easy to pack the sacks each day!

Printables: 

PDF iconBack-to-School Lunch Planner

Create A Family Command Center

Each day in your household, the questions fly. What time is soccer practice? Do we need to buy milk? Is the family free to attend a barbecue this weekend?

Even in an age of smartphones, each household needs a one-stop location to find the answers: a family command center.

Information central for busy families, a family command center cuts school-day stress by creating a single location to find calendars, information and messages needed by the family each day.

Today in the Back-to-School Countdown, we’ll set up–or spiff up!–a family command center to keep life running smoothly.