Organizing Weekly Schedules
As a mom, staying organized and on top of things, is key to making your days run smoothly. One of the hardest things for us is our schedules. Steve and I tend to have crazy schedules and a lot of times we make plans and forget to update the other on them [Cue the frustration]. We are both guilty of it! Now that the kids are getting older we also have many times when appointments, sports, school activities, etc. get mixed up on the calendars as well. I found an idea to test out from Pinterest a while ago and it really has helped us out a lot! If you are anything like us, we have to take the weeks as they come, and this system lays out the next two weeks we have ahead of us. This way we can make sure we have babysitters covered, or plans finalized. Or our “OOPS” I forgot to tell you I have a brunch tomorrow [Guilty].
I will confess though, since the morning sickness kicked in, all sense of staying on top of this has crashed and burned. I am just trying to stay afloat with feeding everyone and making sure we look presentable. We also have a spreadsheet calendar (no, I am not on the G Calendar train yet) that we update every few months. This way Steve can submit PTO or we can plan some fun stuff to do together in advance. These two-week outlook boards really help solidify the plans we have and helps in refreshing our memories!
SUPER easy and cheap! Ikea has the frames we used [You can use any type of frame though] and my aunt has a ton of scrapbooking paper so she let me use some of that. I maybe spent 30 minutes making these one day during nap time. I measured out my area [I used the white back sheet that the frame comes with] and divided it by seven. I cut all the strips I needed and figured out how I wanted them arranged. The nice thing is you can stick to solid paper and keep it clean looking, or get pattern crazy! These are easy to tailor to any type of space or color pallet in a room. I then took white paper and punched circles to place on the strips of paper so I can write the date in them. After everything is glued down and looks good, you just throw it back in the frame and hang!
I found black dry erase markers worked best with my board, but of course I went and bought some fun colors that now don’t show up well [ugh]. I hung the two frames in my little “mommy desk” corner, off our kitchen. My first thought was how it was such a great location because the pantry is right there; Steve passes it every day! Well I was SO wrong on that. It took Steve a long time to actually pay attention to the board, boys. So for a while it was more for my brain to organize what we were up to in the following weeks. This has actually saved me many times. I often make plans with people, then realize that I totally missed it or ran late to it because I completely forgot!
Again, super easy to make and you can get as creative as you want with the frame! I have one more item in my “mommy desk” area that I will share soon [ Hint: has to do with meal planning!]
Have a great day!!