I can’t believe how quickly the end of the school year flew by and that summer is finally here! As an educator, I suspect I look forward to the summer break as much or more than my students do. I am a schedule person, I love having a plan and that includes a schedule for regular household chores and home maintenance. I create daily to-do lists, monthly to-do lists and year long to do list all colour coded of course.
Yes, I’m *that* person who writes chore reminders down on the family calendar along with gymnastics, hockey, and swimming practices because at my house if it’s not written down it will likely be forgotten. Here are my tips for making the most of your family calendar.
Schedule Tasks that Occur at Regular Intervals
Did you know that the Canadian Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every 3 months or when they start to look worn (whichever comes first)? It’s true. Older brushes don’t clean as effectively so we relegate old ones to the cleaning bucket for any tasks that need a fine brush such as cleaning grout and getting stains out of coffee and tea mugs. A little Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and a splash of vinegar and a scrub with an old toothbrush will have even the most stained coffee mug looking like new in no time. I also put a reminder on the calendar to change the box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Fridge Fresh in my fridge every month to help keep my fridge smelling its best. Changing the box regularly also helps keep food fresher longer so I save money too.
Make a Date With Your Medicine Cabinet
All medications including vitamins and supplements expire and expired medications are less effective. Twice a year, I check my medicine cabinet and note down what I’m running low on and what has expired and needs to be taken to the pharmacy for safe disposal and replaced. It doesn’t take long to do the inventory and I can sleep better knowing that I have a fully stocked medicine cabinet. Things like Vitamin D are so important during the fall and winter seasons in Canada – so I have a note on my calendar for October to make sure I’ve got Vitamin D on hand and to start taking the ‘sunshine vitamin’ as the days get shorter. My family loves the Vitafusion Vitamin D gummies – a great tasting alternative to traditional Vitamin D tablets that can be hard to swallow. I’ve got some friends who chew Vitafusion Vitamin D gummies year round as they use sunscreen religiously and try to avoid the sun so they don’t get enough Vitamin D.
Colour Coding Makes Things Easy to Spot
I’ve been known to double and even triple book myself on weekends and in the evenings. Especially now that the kids are older and in multiple sports, it’s fairly common that each kid will have a different activity on a Saturday afternoon (sometimes in different cities!) and the best schedule conflicts are those that are found early enough to work around. Sometimes my husband and I will divide and conquer and make sure everyone gets where they need to go on time. Sometimes the stars align and the whole family will be able to attend a competition or swim meet to cheer on the kid(s) participating. By giving each person in the family a different colour on the family calendar, I can make sure the right kid goes to the right event on the right date and if we need to find a ride, we know well in advance and can line something up with friends.
By making the most of the family calendar that hangs in the kitchen, I can make sure that we don’t miss any important family dates, doctor’s appointments, or sports tournaments. Adding in the cleaning tasks that aren’t done every week and thus sometimes got overlooked was an easy way to remind myself of these important jobs – because nobody wants to realize that the toothbrush they’ve been using is older than their youngest kid.
What are your best tips for staying organized? Are you a colour coder like me or do you have another idea to share? As the chaotic summer kickoff is upon us, I wanted to wish everyone luck & safe travels! xoxoxo Sherrie-Mae