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I don´t have too much to offer as I have been researching this and not finding what I am looking for. But I will say I am married to my calendar, check it a few times a day sometimes. Take it with me everywhere and check it often. As for mornings, I have found getting as much ready the night before is key.
So you tell me how to stretch 1400 sq feet to house 11 people, store the stuff, have room to play, work, read, etc.
Constant vigilance lol. Seriously though you really have to be on top and stay on top of things or it all falls part. Right now I am so not ready for school to start because with all the pregnancy issues I have not been on top for a month and it will take me at least a week of hard work (which I am not allowed to do) to get it all back together.
Kristina SAHM of Janessa 16, Xandria 14, Thayer 13, Alorah 10, Nathalia 9, Malayna 7, Sawyer 5, Ryder 3, Kristiana 1 and edd Jan 24
I have one of those big flat desktop calendars, and I keep it on the lid of my washing machine. As soon as I schedule something or see an activity I want to do I write it on the calendar. Every weekend I look at the calendar to see what is coming, then I look again the night before, and then again that morning. I live by the calendar...if it's not up there it just won't happen. I've done this for several years in a row and it works really well for us.
I don't know if I am organized in most parts of my life (like when it comes to stuff). I am when it comes to appointments though. Being self employed, I have to be... so does my husband. We use google calendar so that we can sync all of our different schedules together: husband has 3 schedules for his work: meetings, cleaning, and church events/classes, I have my doula calendar for meetings and EDD's (on call schedule), and we have our family calendar for family events and sports. I expect when the kids get older, they will each get their own calendars that we can sync up for their social lives, jobs, extra curricular activities, and I would also like to use it for home school to add projects and their due dates.
I write everything on my calender in the kitchen. I could put my stuff on my phone but I like seeing a whole month at a time. I have a color for each of the kids, so we know who is doing what and going where, dh and I or family things are the same color (black).
specific to calendaring things: when all the kids lived here, i got this calendar set at target. it was generic months so i could pencil in the dates but the key was colored stickers. there were like 5 or 6 colors and i assigned a color to each person. then i put the stickers on the correct days. they are easily removable if things change. that way i can see at a glance what the day looks like, where i am expected to help out when and i can also see the month at a glance. it was so helpful.
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Google calendar is great. My dd and dh have the password and they can add their own stuff to it from whatever computer they are on. Then I print off a weekly agenda every sunday and a monthly one too. I attach them and any other important notes to a sticky on my front door so I cant walk out without seeing them. This worked great last year with OT, speech, ortho appts, OB appts, and games all happening regularly. When I didn't print my calendar I always missed stuff. I have to get it going again. although this years schedule should be easier. I only have 1 son in speech, dd is getting her braces off and everyone in school goes every day this year.
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