Sending Some September Sanity

September for me is a month of running. No matter how organized I think that I am, I am never fully prepared for all the activities. Perhaps it is because the schedules of everyone in the family are packed with PTA events, School open houses, sports and science program sign ups and Cub Scouts, not to mention careers and housework. Or maybe it is just too difficult to leap from the lazy days of summer to the hustle and bustle of fall. I know for myself, I tend to get a case of the hunker-downs or a deep seeded nesting instinct. This of course brings to the surface the need to wash all the windows to prepare for the upcoming beautiful scenery and breezes, and the desire to launder all the linens and pillows for those, “Oh so awesome,” snuggly nights.

So in order for me to be able to keep my cool, I try to write out a list of must do items and want to do activities. On my must do list, are the basic taking care of business filing of all incoming paperwork…school notices go up on the bulletin board, permission slips and emergency contact forms get filled out right away and sent off to school, and Cub Scout events get entered on the calendar. To keep up with all the fundraiser and holiday events, my motto is to prepare as early as possible because time has a way of sneaking up on you.
On my want to do activities list, are the family favorites of apple picking, pumpkin picking, Cub Scout camp-outs and fall decorating. So, as a family we try to go apple picking early which gets this checked off the list and makes for the best selection of apples.

The key to maintaining sanity and order in a mostly crazy world, is to schedule activities on a calendar and check it often. I also like to keep our family calendar in a highly visible area, so that everyone can see it and reap the benefits. So, if you haven’t done so already read a few of my past blogs and pick one or two of their organizing projects, implement it into your life and sit back and enjoy the zen!

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Family Travel Made Easy

Well the summer is at a close and the kids are back in school. We had a blast the last few weeks of the summer vacation, including a small trip to the shore. In order to make my vacations start out smoothly, I always write down a packing list for myself and the kids. The husband, ha ha,¬† I let fend for himself. So I have created a few basic packing lists to share on my blog. Since I only have boys, I had to create a list for girls, I hope I included all the items a little girl would need. To start out, I put the bulk of the packing responsibility on myself or the “Mama”, since, let’s face it, we do most of the work. Then I created two more lists, one for boys and one for girls. If you don’t need these lists for the kids, then good for you, but these are a must for me. My guys get very excited about packing for a trip, so this list ensures that the packing doesn’t have to be done twice. Once by them and then unpacked and packed again by me. With these handy lists, I just include the amount needed of each item, the kids follow the list, and then off we go, literally. You can adjust the number of items needed, depending on the length of the trip. Sometimes I will also include some specific¬† items, for example, Logan’s favorite sweater, “the Gray Sweater”. You can add these little notes to help your kids gather their things more efficiently if you feel it is needed. I know that my boys like to have specific items of clothing for certain events, so I have to compensate for that or I have upset boys. I hope that this information was useful and it really makes my packing job a lot easier and a lot more fun. Good luck and happy travels!

Packing List for Mama

Packing List for Girls

Packing List for Boys