One of My Favorite Insanely Simple Family Management Tools!

Howdy Strong Mamas!

Well, back to the school year we go.  I keep recalling that Staples commercial from a few years back where the dad is joyfully tossing school supplies in the cart while his kids are walking despondently behind him, as the Christmas carol “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background.  Praise God for the SCHOOL YEAR!!  I love my kids and love to be with them but the end of summer can be overwhelming for me! But enough of that, here is one of my favorite tools to keep all the chaos managed and it is simple and cheap!  All you need is the back of a door (preferably in a location everyone sees each day), a dry erase board, dry erase markers and some cork. IMG_3489This system is centrally located in our house, right on the pantry door where everyone seems to congregate several times a day, especially my boys.  Here is where I go over the happenings for the family each morning.  It allows me to help my 3 kiddos with executive functioning disorder (sometimes associated with ADHD) see the day ahead in a concrete way before they get bombarded by trying to focus at school.   I can also put reminders, the grocery list, prayer requests, chores… really anything that the family needs that day and that is why I love the dry-erase board.  Sometimes when I am working on a project I use it as a kanban board. From day to day, season to season, it is what we need it to be!

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The other component is the cork board on the bottom.  This is where I put static reminders and schedules that we refer to on a regular basis.  IMG_3497

Having lists posted makes life so much easier for me and for my kids because I am not repeating myself, asking the same questions several times over.  All I have to say is, “Did you do the Morning Reminders?” Now, I know a lot of parenting experts say that we should keep our lists short, but most of them don’t have 5 kids! I do think it is a good idea, though, to keep expectations manageable so if you can get away with a 3-5 point reminder that it probably best. This system has worked wonderfully for years, and my teen son with severe ADHD does not need the reminders anymore.  Here is a close-up of a couple items to get your juices flowing!

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So where did I get the supplies? The dry-erase board you can get from Staples, Office Depot, really anywhere.  Mine was very old and forgotten in the storage room of my basement.  The cork board I got from Target and just nailed on the door (though I would recommend using nails shaped like this with the flat-head to keep it from coming off,  just make sure they are shorter than your door or they will poke out the back!).  The key holder, eraser, etc. were from Target and the markers were from Five Below.

I hope that is a help to you! I love this system and use it every day.  What are your favorite family management ideas? I’d love to know.  Reply and I’ll be sure to get back to you. And PLEASE like and share this post, it really does make a difference!

Stay Strong! DJ

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6 thoughts on “One of My Favorite Insanely Simple Family Management Tools!

  1. I am so grateful for this blog! I have found your tips practical, easy to do and encouraging. Thank you for sharing! I put this system in place in my home and we’ve been using it for two weeks. Everyone’s getting used to it, even the hubby. I’ve even noticed my child with executive function weaknesses seems empowered by the reminders and not having to hear me tell her the same things over and over. If I could upload photos I’d show you my version. Thank you for the help you’re providing us mamas.

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    • You bless my heart Nic! I’m going to post the photos you graciously sent me on my mamastrong facebook page! You can access it from this site! You are such an encouragement to meeeeeee!!!!

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  2. Wow! I love it. What a blessing to have been brought to your site today. Thank you for your honesty and your openness. Keep on sharing, I know if is helping me for sure!

    Blessings

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    • Thank you so much Erin! That really speaks to my heart, my deep desire is to encourage other mamas to be strong in Christ. Praise God for being a help to us all!! This journey ain’t for suckas!!!

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  4. Thank you for starting this blog! Your obedience to God in writing it is blessing me. I am grateful for your honesty. You are very relatable! Thanks, also, for the practical tips to implement organization. Seeing your pantry door lists in action has inspired me!

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