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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Getting Organized for School - Family Calendar

It's nice to be home after taking a couple of days to visit my husband's parents. Even a two-day trip is disrupting to routine, I find. We listened to books on tape which made the five-hours-each-way fly by, even during the pouring rain. And we learned a lot!

Here's another episode of getting organized for school to give you a head start. :)

Getting Organized for School - Family Calendar

I'm taking another look at getting ready for school - if you start now and get yourself organized, life will not be so chaotic when school starts. The following is a revamp from last year's post on the same subject.

A major aspect of getting ready for school (or life) is having a family calendar in a location where everyone can check in to see what's going on. It's best if it is located at your hub (see my post on this subject, listed below).

Your calendar can be an organizing software program on your computer/laptop or a wall 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 childre
n coming each week, it makes more sense for me to just post a weekly calendar from my Palm Centro (Palm's version of the Blackberry) 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.

You can use a different color pen or marker for ea
ch person, and a separate color for family activities. Then 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? Subscribers click here to comment on the original blog.

More on Calendars/Organizers:

Getting Organized for School - Creating a Hub

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