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6/28/11 8:15 A

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I hated the flylady process (I tried many many times because my friends spoke so highly of it)... I would spend so much time on the pre-steps that the rest of the house would be in complete disorder from lack of attention. For me, it became obvious over time that she did not personally deal with some of the same troubles I struggled with inside her household. I can show, explain, and, finally after much irritation and frustration yell at my kids, but when you are the ONLY person out of 6 that truly craves and adores organization you are in an uphill battle~ especially when 3 of those 6 are dyslexics and disorganization follows their very being!

For us, creating a clean organized home involves having check lists hung at the entry of each room. Those capable of reading are to pick one task for the list as they walk into the room and accomplish that task before they walk out. (In the younger children's rooms we have photos or clip arts illustrating tasks to be accomplished) These lists printed with a grid for each day of the week and are hung inside sheet protectors with dry erase markers. This allowed me to share the chores with children and hubby, both of whom had in the past claimed "But I don't know what needs to be done". It has made me feel much less like the household maid, even if I am still the one who does most of the chores. It has also helped many people to stop the "But I didn't make the mess" comments, because let's face it the stuff we (mothers) are cleaning up is typically not a mess made by us either ;)

Meal plans are done weekly. If I can, monthly I create a list of all the meals I want to eat that month so that we have no duplicate dinners. They are part of a family discussion, and I inquire as to things the children desire to have available to them (not allowed for those discussions are things like those gummy fruit snacks... it has to be real food) We don't use a chart for this it is truly just a scrap of paper on which I write it down and posted tot he fridge after I take the time to create a grocery list from it.

I don't have many extra activities that my children participate in... It is a goal I have always had to have more activities for them, but I can't afford to pay the prices people want for this area (it may be a general thing I don't know how much things costs out of this area any more) Our only extra activity since moving here has been AHG.

Most of our friends keep their activities schedules on a white board in their kitchen or schooling room (we do not have a school room) each child has an assigned color marker and they write the activities and times on the days of the week.

I hope you find something that works well for you.

Mary,
mom to 4 beautiful children that deserve a healthy and active mother



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KATIEJO5's Photo KATIEJO5 Posts: 2,113
6/10/11 12:07 P

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I like flylady as well. And I love my new Well-planned day planner. It has all of your lesson plans, grade cards, daily schedules in one place for your school. Plus, it has places to schedule meals and grocery lists and chores. I think it will be a great help.

Katie
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6/8/11 6:32 A

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I like both the flylady website - and the first link below looks awesome! I didn't check out the other ones.
Another idea that has worked well for me is to take 7 3x5 cards and use them to divide my housework/activities onto them.
I label each one with a day of the week then list the things assigned on those days:
ie.
Monday
Kitchen (includes washing floor, sweeping, and making something better in this room, like cleaning out one drawer)
Go through newspapers
laundry
Baseball practice
etc.

You get the idea.
I then plan for 20 minutes of grading each day, exercise on the days I do that, updating the kid's planners.

I use Abeka, so I update planners every week. I then tear out the tests/quizes and put them in a colored folder for each child in the order they will take them.

For menus - I have a master list that I made of all the meals we eat (not detailed, just things like, "meatballs""spagetti""chicken pot pie"etc.
Then I have magnetic tablet that I picked up at Target that has the days of the week on it. I write my meals for the week on each day. Then I make up my grocery list making sure to include all the things I will need for my meals that week. I usually use the back of last weeks menu to write my list for this week's groceries on.

In CHRIST I can!
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6/7/11 5:23 P

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I always want to be more organized, but I can never manage to actually be organized enough to start organizing, if you know what I mean. However, I love the idea of this free website with printable organizer sheets so you're not buying a notebook full of sheets you don't need and not enough of the ones you do: organizedhome.com/household-n
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Here's another one with a similar concept, but you have to buy the sheets: www.thebusywoman.com/index.ph
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Here's a complete planner meant for the Christian homeschooler www.wellplannedday.com/cgi-bi
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The only organizing calendar I've ever really used besides the regular ol' school planners is the My Plan-It calendar from Avalanche. They have a Mom's Plan-it, too. I really liked the My Plan-it one because it had a magnet to hang on the fridge. Like I said, I like the idea of being organized... I have lots of ideas... Not just much follow through! =)



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6/7/11 2:07 P

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have you ever checked out flylady.net? It works well for us.

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What is your method for keeping your schooling, meal planning, and weekly activities organized? It seems the older my children get, the more organization I need and I'd really like to keep it all in one place. We don't have any fancy tech gadgets. We're a post-it note or binder sort of people.

Blessings,
Heidi

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