Ok, I couldn't help myself! Every time I say this I have to sing it and sometimes I get side tracked singing the rest of the song - it's a problem, I know.
Anyways, its that time of year when all of the kids are getting back into a routine and getting back to school. In our home, and in my classroom, that means I need routines and checklists. I've got 3 kids plus a high school exchange student and 3 of the 4 are involved in at least 1 after school activity. Which means my husband and I are outnumbered physically and with vehicles. Not to mention he and I are involved in church, both still attending school, etc. So staying organized and having the kids help around the house we have found is VITAL to our sanity and marriage.
I got these calendars off of Amazon and right now they are giving some order to my crazy life. I've color coded them by kids and or activity - in fact I screwed them up at first and Rose made me go back and update them so that they were matching the way that they were supposed to.
You can find the monthly calendar here , the weekly calendar here, and the meal planning one here. I don't get paid for mentioning these, I just love them!
The other thing that we have found that helped save our sanity and keep the house clean over the past year was our kids chore charts! This really was helpful as our first bonus daughter joined us and set a great example for the kids on what needed to be done. Dividing the home into zones also was amazingly helpful because then I just really needed to remember who had which zone and not the specific zones.
Here is the editable link to the files - click here - I laminated them so that I could use a dry erase marker for the kids to mark off as complete. My older child, in green, has less because they don't have to be reminded to do simple tasks like brush their teeth and hair. On the subject of allowances, they don't get them for doing what's on their checklists or in their zone - that's just part of being in our household. If they want allowance, they have to do something from the Extra Chores list. My pink and blue charts are for 9 and 7 year olds and the youngest doesn't have one yet - it will come this next year!
Questions? Let me know!