We all know that as moms, our days are filled with everything from chores to playtime, work to doctor appointments.
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FAMILY COMMAND CENTER
A family command center is a great way to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks. To have a successful Family Command Center you first need to designate a space in your house for it. For us, it is in the kitchen because it is a place that everyone can see.
Items for your Family Command Center:
- Key hook
- Hooks for backpacks and purses
- Dry erase board
- Notepad and pens for messages and your grocery list
- Basket for bills and mail
PREP FOR YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
One of the best things that I can do for my day is to get things set out the night before. Every night before I go to bed, I pick out my outfit for the next day and the kids’ pick out their outfits, make everyone’s lunch for work or school and, pack the diaper bag and backpacks for the kids. By having all of these things ready the night before, our mornings go so much smoother. Everything is set out so there is no searching for anything in the morning as we are trying to get out of the house on time.
Meal planning can save you so much time trying to decide what you are going to cook for dinner every night. Not only will you know that you are planning on making every night and you also know exactly what groceries you will need for the week. Meal planning works for breakfast and lunch, too. Spending a couple of hours on the weekend meal planning makes your week so much easier when it comes to cooking for your family.
A planner can really help you keep track of everyone’s obligations in your family. Being able to keep all of the appointments, soccer practices, and meetings in one place will make sure that you don’t miss something. I personally like planners that allow space for time blocking by the hour and have a space to write down your goals. Here are a few different planners that work well with mom life:
Creating a job (or chore) chart for your house will make sure that everyone is on the same page. You can hang it in your Family Command Center. Instead of constantly reminding the kids what their chores are, you can simply refer them back to the job chart.