Alright readers, it’s time you do something for me.
I’m in serious, serious, monster need of the best method for keeping your family all sorts of organized.
I’m not even looking for any type of organization in particular, I will accept tips in all areas. Right now, these are a few of the plans I have in place (and my plans I mean these are the things that keep happening on a daily basis so some great mystical being is planning them out, or, I’m lazy and just keep falling into the same messy traps).
For starters, we have a laundry chair. We take our laundry out of the dryer and flop it onto the laundry chair. It’s a giant circular chair-and-a-half that is located in the corner of our room for the time being and is used as a location for all the laundry I don’t have time to fold.
Sometimes, when I’m annoyed with the clutter, I throw it into a laundry basket that then sits at the end of our bed. Essentially I just relocate the clutter, isn’t that cute?
In my defense, on the occasion I actually fold the laundry, it usually ends up crinkled and unfolded when I attempt to shove it into it’s proper place in our bedroom.
All I can say is thank goodness we currently rent because I think a massive walk-in or double closet is now on our must-have list for buying a home. My husband and I go through cleaning sprees at least three times a year, but with clearance sales, work needs and my ever-morphing post-baby body we have quite the collection of clothing between the two of us.
For the record, our daughter and son’s clothing fits fine it they’re very clearly labeled and slotted bins and drawers, so we did one thing right when it comes to organization.
But laundry is really only part of our problem. We are busy, busy people. Between both my husband and I working full-time, my four to eight hours of softball lessons a week, Pear’s swim lessons, dance lessons, whatever her busy body is signed up for, our family commitments, our friend commitments, we are a really, on-the-go family.
Don’t get me wrong. I adore having things to do, places to go and people to see. In the last few months alone we’ve hosted a gender reveal party for a close friend, a birthday party for Pearyn, a bachelorette-bachelor party for our best friends, a wedding, birthday parties for our friends kids and 5ks and 10ks, oh my!
So far we’ve been testing out shared family calendar apps, but we haven’t found one that doesn’t feel like a chore to use. We have a large calendar in our living room that holds all of our appointments, trips and activities, I have a planner that sits dusty because my work-from-home job has made it extinct, and I have stacks of bills and e-bills scattered while I juggle to remember what gets paid when and where. Luckily I haven’t missed a payment, but with more and more things adding up on our plates, I’m afraid I might.
So what’s your secret to keeping your family organized? Is it an app? Is it a hands-on calendar? Is it auto-bill payment? This Chubby Vegan Clan is in serious need of an organization plan that doesn’t need organizing of its own!