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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Get Organized for School (or life!) - A Family Calendar

A major aspect of getting ready for school (or life) is having a family calendar in a location where everyone can check in and see what's going on. This can be an organizing software program on your computer/laptop or a wall calendar. You'll want to have a personal calendar or organizer, but you'll also need a family calendar.

There are a number of great software programs that track several family members (some are free!). And there are several personal spiral/notebook type organizers - my favorite being the Planner Pad. I've done reviews of both software programs and notebook type organizers and will link the related posts below.

When my children were home, we used a huge calendar on the side of our refrigerator. My friend Carole, hangs hers inside one of her kitchen cabinets so it's not so unsightly. Now, with different foster children coming each week, it makes more sense for me to just post a weekly calendar from my Palm software. But if I still had kids at home, I would use something like Mom's Plan It Calendar. It's a 17-month calendar which can track up to 5 family members, with stickers, and more. Click the link on my sidebar to get a more detailed description.

Use a different color pen or marker for each person, and a separate color for family activities, and it's a breeze to decipher your daily activities!

Do you have a favorite family calendar or software program you use to organize your family?

Related posts: Product Review of Organizers - Daily Home Planner, Product Review of Organizers - The Planner Pad, Product Review of Organizers - PDAs, The Final Review of Organizers, Cozi 2.0, Oops


Megan said...

This is awesome!

Qlubb-Andy said...

Forgive me, as I'm a biased reader. I use Qlubb (http://www.qlubb.com) (where I work) to organize my family. We put up our family calendar on it and we can even plan events, send group emails (like yahoo groups) and share photos, assign tasks. It's not just free for me too :-).

Hope you find it useful.

Shane said...

Oh, I LOVE the Mom's Plan-it calendars! I use one on the side of our frig and the spiral bound one for my purse.

1-2-3...Get Organized said...

Thanks, qlubb-Andy - sounds like a great program! Let me know if anyone else out there has tried qlubb, too. - Bev

1-2-3...Get Organized said...

Nice to hear the Plan-It calendars work for you, Shane! Sounds like a great combo. :-)