Is your life getting a little too chaotic? Are you children going to school dressed in pajama tops and mismatched socks? Rebecca Sauer, program manager for the Catholic Charities counseling program suggests these four simple steps on the road to the organized life.
4 Steps to an Organized Life
1. Family Corp
Try to think of your family as a corporation with each person having a job that makes it work, then make a list of what needs to be done. Chores are a great way to divvy up the work while also teaching your children life skills. It will also help to get you organized by reducing your to-do list. When each person in your family understands how and the importance of what they contribute, it will help everyone to take responsibility for their part.
2. Big Calendar
Get a big calendar with big squares. Write out what will be accomplished each day. If it’s not on the calendar, then you can’t do it. Plan a weekly meeting to go over what is on that week’s schedule. This practice will help you plan and manage your time.
3. Chore Chart
Create a chart so your kids will know what chores they are doing on what day and can mark them off when completed. Offer a reward system to keep them motivated and consequences for missing assigned work.
4. Dinner Menu
Create a three-meal plan for every day of the week in coordination with your activities. Make sure you write down everything you will need for recipes and have your kids help with meal preparation.
Try these four simple steps for a month and see if it helps to reduce the stress and chaos in your life. If you need more one-on-one coaching, please call our counseling center at 602-749-4405. Our low rates are based on your ability to pay at our convenient offices located throughout the Valley.