Your Busy Family and Fall Schedules

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Fall Schedules



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Copyright 2012 Molly Gold

Fall schedules are full of fun which means no time like the present to get organized and back on track.  As colder temps settle in and the leaves begin to change color, I’m eager to keep the new groove positive for each of us and in many ways, it’s up to me to make that happen.  My family is busy and blessed so the excitement of September is simply traded for the fun of Fall.  October brings birthdays and Halloween, weekends full of college football, Fall baseball, and tennis while getting a jump start, at least in my mind, on planning for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The more focused I am on staying organized and planning for this social season, the more delightful it will be so here are a few of my tips to keep you focused on the fun:

Keep Getting Organized on Your List

Block an organizing window on your personal calendar every week using this time to plan, research and outline logistics for projects on your list.  Use a seasonal checklist and include everything from rotating seasonal clothing and décor to tackling fall yard work and home safety tasks like changing batteries in smoke detectors, furnace filters, and more.  That way when Saturday arrives, you can stay focused on what you’ve made time for and know that you’ll get more done next time.

Keep Fall Schedules on Track

Carry forward your hard work from September streamlining menu planning, minimizing time spent shopping thanks to services like Click ‘n’ Pull at Sam’s Club, and cooking extra meals for those busy nights so that the basic needs in the kitchen are covered drama free.   Back to school brings you back to a more predictable season in the kitchen.  Save your creativity for entertaining by using weekday shortcuts like cooking on the grill or using a crock pot.  That way when your fall schedules really kick into gear, you’ll embrace the prep time and be willing to think outside the box for seasonal fun.

Keep Supplies All Stocked Up

Fall schedules seem to take on a life of their own.  Every time you add in something new to your calendar like a tailgate party, a seasonal school function, or a quick trip to grandma’s for the weekend, you are increasing your to do list.  So keep yourself ahead of the game by stocking up on all the basics that make your home run smoothly including food, non-perishables, cleaning supplies, homework supplies, after school activity needs and more.   You can even choose a fall focused signature hostess gift to have on hand.

Keep Planning for Fall Schedules

After years of trial and error, I’ve come to realize that having an awesome holiday really just boils down to project management.  Take a look at your calendar and identify every special event and holiday your family will be involved in.   For each event make a list of what’s involved.  Are you hosting or attending locally?  Are you traveling or staying home?  Will you have house guests?  Do you need to purchase clothing or costumes, home décor, seasonal decorations, gifts, entertaining supplies, arrange for invitations, or more?  I think you get the picture.  Then create a timeline for each event to accomplish all the tasks involved.  Our GO MOM! DIY Planner is full of worksheets to help you and most everything does well with at least 4 weeks to plan.
By living a life well prepared for function and fun, you’ll find less work in accommodating the fun and more joy in your busy Fall days.  Tell me…
How do you adjust your schedule and to-do list when the seasons change?
Thanks so much for stopping by…we’ll see you next time!
Disclaimer:  First shared in 2010, this post was written as part of a series in partnership with Sam’s Club, but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
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