Nothing says back to school like a fresh set of school supplies! And for me, that means its time to give our family communication station a fresh set of all the key things we need to work well together for an organized year. If you haven’t noticed, back to school is when you discover how well, or not well, your family organization systems really work. From basic communication about the calendar or chores to being on time for activities at school while having made sure to actually register for them too, it all comes to an organized dance once your family is in the back to school groove. So in order to make your days more managed than monstrous, check out my 10 must have items to create the perfect back to school family communication station!
GO MOM! Back to School Bundle
Because your family communication station needs it’s biggest overhaul for back to school, our GO MOM!® Back to School Bundle has every printable form you can imagine to help you organize for the year ahead. Its the perfect tool to help you corral all key contact information for teachers and the school, to keep track of friends new and old, and get organized for activities and sports as they begin.
GO MOM! DIY Planner
Fact is, if Momma ain’t organized, nobody’s gonna be organized! And we both know that all begins your own personal planner. It’s only by managing your own calendar that you will truly be able to manage everyone else’s. If you love paper, then you’ll love our newly streamlined 2014-2015 GO MOM!® DIY Planner! Focused entirely on your schedule, you’ll find our 2-page format for 17 dated months and an undated weekly spread right up your alley. It also includes the best Organized Week tool I’ve ever designed ~ seriously ~ it’s the bomb!
While GO MOM! DIY Planner is ground zero, its a huge wall calendar that really makes the difference in how I have taught our family to stay on track. Large enough to write everyone’s information and color code too, its the first place my kids look to know what’s coming at the start of each day and week. It’s where my husband double checks for anything new even though we communicate and update directly too.
Because you family communication station is in a highly visible location, your message board is key for actual communication. It’s the perfect place to write a daily prayer, post an unexpected award, or share an invitation to an upcoming event.
Family In/Out Box
Having an in/out box system for every family member is the best way to make sure paperwork gets managed. Most importantly, it gives you a way to train your children on how to handle their own paper as well. When they come in from school, they will know exactly where those daily or weekly folders go for your review and as they pack up their items every night, they’ll know to take whatever you’ve left there for them with them too. It’s organized magic I tell you!
The thing about paper is no matter how much we don’t want it, it’s always around. Include a file box that encourages you to deploy the one touch strategy for every piece of paper your family throws your way. As you are sorting those papers in the In/Out Box, you need to Act, File, or Trash each and every one. And if it needs filing, you’ll know exactly where those papers need to go.
DIY School Planner
Such a simple tool, a DIY school planner for each child is organized central for each school year. Its your home for all those papers, tests, and anything else that will fit in a binder that you need to keep throughout the year. Use forms from your Back to School Bundle for sections related to teachers, volunteering, and activities and you’ll always have what you need on hand. And your kids will know where to find it all too.
The family that communicates together stays together and the same goes for all that handheld technology. A centralized charging location housed in your family communication station makes perfect sense because that’s the one place that everyone is sure to stop and check in. No more looking for that cell phone or ITouch as you are all running out the door and no more uncharged devices frustrating anyone as they go. And for those who organize their calendars digitally, it also makes it easy to update anything right on the spot.
While this might not be a necessity for everyone, having a desktop, laptop, or tablet as part of the family communication station can make a positive impact on taking action in a timely fashion. Things like registering for an activity, communicating with a teacher, or simply double checking an important detail rich there on the spot. If you don’t have desk space as part of this station, don’t worry. Just make sure that it’s close enough to a spot where you might be able to use your laptop while having easy access to any information you want to retrieve.
Because life is busy, I like to remind us all to smile. At the start of the school year I choose a fresh set of pictures of happy times as a family or with friends from this summer to remind us all to have fun. And then we add as the year goes, making our family communication station a reflection of what our lives have been all about. I love this pictures!
And there you have it! No matter how much, or how little, space you have to work with you can have a family communication station that works. If you don’t have a kitchen desk area to accommodate it all, don’t fear ~ there are so many ways you can make this work. In my own home, our family communication station consists of the wall calendar, message board, family in/out box, and photo display all on the wall in our entryway from the garage. This is our main point of entry to the home and the perfect spot for us all to stay connected. While I don’t have a desk in that same location, my office is 2 feet away, literally, where my planner, GO MOM!® Back to School Bundle, DIY school planners, file box, and charging station are all housed so its all good. Creating an effective family communication station is as much about location as it is function so focus on the space you have and make it work for you. Tell me…
Do you have a family communication station?
Where is it and what do you love best about it?
Make sure to check out our Back to School Pinterest Board for all kinds ideas to help you every step of the way, not only from GO MOM!® but from around the web too. And if you are looking for the ultimate organizing tool for this special time of year, check out our brand new Back to School Printable Bundle. I can’t tell you how helpful these checklists and forms have been for me over the years ~ I’m so hopeful you’ll find them to be helpful too! And it’s the perfect compliment to our 2014-2015 GO MOM! DIY Planner , newly redesigned to focus entirely on your time and give you the best Organized Week worksheet around. As always, thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!