Organising a Family Calendar

At the hub of our family’s Organisation Station is the FAMILY CALENDAR.

 

There she is…STEP 3 of the process.  If you look closely you will notice this photo was taken with the calendar showing September 2011 !!!  2013 will be our third year of using a family calendar from Stuck On You

“Spring Nest” Family Calendar from stuckonyou.com.au

 This year we I chose the “Spring Nest” design, you know how much I love those little birds!  I love that it is personalised, a great large size, with large “daily” boxes to fill in all our stuff and that there is a section for notes down the bottom.  Oh and of course I love that it is gorgeously designed and in colour!!!  After all I will be looking at this calendar every day.

Having the calendar is one thing, but you have to USE it EFFECTIVELY for it to help in your household organisation.  Here are my tips for keeping the calendar running smoothly.

 1. Colour Coordinate.  Ok so maybe I am a little OCD when it comes to colour coding but this is something that has always worked for me.  Each member of the family has their own colour. Any events or activities that are for the whole fmaily also have their own colour.  This allows me to see at a glance who has what happening each day.  I use these smae colours in my Diary aswell.

2. Location, Location, Location.  I keep our calendar at our Organisation Station.  It is near the phone, computer and where all of our bills and mails are kept.  This means as soon as any dates are confirmed they can be scheduled STRAIGHT onto the calendar.  If I dont do it straight awy or write it on a piece of paper for transferring later, it doesn’t happen!

3. One and Only.  We have only ONE CALENDAR in our whole house.  There is not one for him, one for me, one for school, JUST ONE FAMILY CALENDAR.  If anybody wants to know what is going on, they know where to look.  This means there is no double booking, or something being written in a work diary that no one knows about.  If it’s not on the Calendar than it’s not on. That brings us to the next point.

4. EVERYTHING GOES ON THE CALENDAR.  If it’s not on the Calendar its not on.  This means medical appointments, returning library books, party rsvp dates, school notes, EVERYTHING.  

5.  Take the time.  I take the time once a week to update my diary with what is on the calendar.  This gets everything clear in my head for the upcoming week.

That is it.  5 simple tips to keeping your life sorted.  Ok so maybe that is not your whole life sorted, but having a family calendar is certainly a great start to having an organised life! 

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Comments

  1. Anne McCulloch says:

    I have tried so many ways to organise my family without much success. 2013 is going to be different. Think this might be the system to work. Why? I love colour coding!!!

  2. Thank you – this is great – so easy! I’m going to make my husband read this! He insists on having an online calendar and won’t refer to the household one because his way is ‘easier’. We double up on things ALL the time and he often ‘forgets’ that things are on because they’re not on his calendar! 2013 is going to be the year that we get it together!!!! :0)

  3. Cathy White says:

    I’d love to win a family calendar to keep track of hubby-to-be’s work schedule and never miss an appointment/play date/party for any of our 3 gorgeous littlies! Meal planning would be a breeze with one too. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win one of these beauties! 🙂

  4. I would like a stuck on calendar to help me become more organised. My resolution this year is to become more organised and stress less

  5. Melissa Simson says:

    We have lots of medical apts mixed in with everything else so a family calendar helps everyone know where we are at all times. I love stuck on you calendars but haven’t got around to organizing mine yet for this year. I like the idea of once a week making sure the diary is up to date.

  6. Tammy Kitchen says:

    I’d love to win this calendar!! This year I have my eldest starting kinder, my youngest starting daycare & me starting a new job! Things will be a little crazy round here!! 😉 This will be perfect to keep on top of it all!

  7. My eldest is starting school this year so things are going to get a lot busier (also add in the fact that we have purchased a new house so we will be moving and renovating it). A large family calendar that is big enough to hold all of this information is just what I need to start 2013 off right!

  8. Katie Gibbons says:

    These are super cute! With two at school this year, I definately need to be more organised!

  9. Lisa Fitzsimons says:

    Oooooohhh! This would be a wonderful addition to our home… With three beautiful girls and a manic schedule, a new ‘Stuck on you” calendar and your 5 awesome tips will surely put us onto the best path to great organisation!! Fingers are crossed… 🙂

  10. Kristin Santi says:

    Back to work this February with an extra child in tow, this calendar looks perfect to keep us organised.

  11. Oh Gorgeous! I’ve bought myself a day planner, but I’ve been on the hunt for a family calendar I don’t hate.

  12. I’ve been using a family calendar successfully for a few years now, but I love your idea of colour coding for family members…I’m going to take that on board today.

  13. Lindy King says:

    I think I might have to make my new years resolution to be getting organised as you do. Sometimes I just dont know what i’m doing when and its hard!! This year is going to be harder, because both my boys are starting a season of football with different teams, training times, game times and game locations…. HELP!!

  14. A calendar means missing none of this important school things that need to be remembered each week

  15. Angie Boylan says:

    Even my kids tell me I’m disorganised. Would love them to help me use this calendar to get organised this year so we don’t miss any important events, appointments or wedding anniversaries again!

  16. Yvette Ajani says:

    My KK was supposed to get me a new family calendar, but it got lost in translation and missed the sleigh ride from the North Pole ! Lol…… I really need one of these, with my eldest starting high school, and my other three in primary school (my youngest in prep…..woo Hoo all in school), I need one to write when sports days are, camps, and different days in high school and primary school sessions….bring in 2013 with an ace family calendar…….WOOOOOOOOO…….gotta love them!

  17. Charmaine Campbell says:

    My youngest is starting school so it’s now or never, I NEED to get organised! I was a lot more organised before I had children!

  18. Kim Heironymus says:

    My husband is always complaining that he never knows what I am doing or our two girls. A family calendar would keep him happy 🙂

  19. I have a weekly calendar in paper format that i update on a Sunday night but it is not as big so not as much detail! I love the colour coding idea, would mean more to hubby when he looks at it!

  20. James Thompson says:

    This would be so helpful to help organise and manage our hectic lifestyle!

  21. renee hermansen says:

    i dont feel organised unless i have a good calender to keep me on track of things.

  22. So pretty! I am trying to be more organised this year. Wish me luck!

  23. This would be great to keep me as organised as possible

  24. This would be groundbreaking for my family – they won’t know what’s organised them!

  25. Toni hill says:

    to help keep me more organised this year when both my kids will be at school

  26. We had a regular calendar last year and it just did not work! It was my daughter’s first year of school and we were busier than ever. We need a fabulous, large calendar!

  27. I’d love to win a family calendar because I have never used one before. It’s is my year to finally ‘do’ all the things I planned in my mind. 2013 is a lucky number for me so I hope this translates with a lucky start. Btw I really found this blog post to be simple, achievable and effective. Thanks for sharing.

  28. I feel completely disorganized because week to week I don’t know when my husband will be home or away for work because it changes so often. Mostly he tells me, other times he forgets. If we had this calendar I’d make him write it down so I can plan my weeks ahead – activities, meals etc.

  29. Life isn’t slowing down, each year there seems to be more and more to to accomadate in a week, without organisation in the home, dates would double up, or simply missed

  30. Desperate for such a pretty calendar!!!! With 3 small children (2 with school and after school commitments) and 2 very busy parents who work full time also with many after hours commitments it’s ESSENTIAL we are all on the same page with what’s on!!!!!

  31. Because I like to be organised!

  32. Kristie McK says:

    Just be happy to organise my family totally!

  33. I’ve always had a diary, but I would love to have a calendar as well so that everyone knows where to always go to, to see what is going on.

  34. Cathy Houden says:

    News Years Resolution… I must get myself organised and remember to pick up the kids on a regular basis!! This could be achieved with a “Stuck On You” Calendar!

  35. Lady Tiffany says:

    Love to be organised and 2013 is an especially busy year. At a glance I can be ready to roll with a new organise station…whooo hoooo

  36. I’ve love a calender to be able to track down where everyone in my family is! We all have such busy lives that it would be great to have a central place to be able to see where everyone is. Thanks for hosting the giveaway Stuck On You and My Pigeon Pair!

  37. Stacey Shailer says:

    I love a calendar so that hubby can keep up with what day/week/month of the year we are currently on!

  38. Amanda Mackie says:

    It would make it so much easier to keep track of everyone’s activities.

  39. A great way to keep the family “must do’s” in one well organised place so the VERY OWN FAMILY CALENDAR would be a great item to win -indeed

  40. Pretty and efficient! Organisation can be both!

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