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5 Habits Of Highly Organized Families




In my quest to become one of these highly organized families I spent the last few months studying families we know who are super organized and always seem to have it together. These families astound me- many kids, homeschooling, active in the community…I want to be one of those families. So I started asking questions and working towards making changes in my own family. I’m sure some of those moms I pestered with questions thought I was off my rocker but they were very gracious and gave me some tips. I’ve already implemented some of them and I’m still working on others.





1. The Family Command Center & Master Calendar. This was the number one thing mentioned by every single mom I talked to. They all have master calendars large enough to keep track of every family member’s activities. Some even color code each person’s activities with colorful sharpie markers- I really should start doing that too. One mom told me “If it’s not on the calendar it does not exist”. They also have family command centers to keep everything organized and easy to find. 


 2. The One-Touch Rule. I’ve heard of this before and always thought it was a good idea but never made a conscious effort to follow it. The One-Touch rule means you only touch an item one time. For example- you see your kid’s jacket lying on the floor. Instead of picking it up and moving it to the couch you take the extra minute to walk it to the front closet to hang it up. Or you see your daughter’s doll on the table. Instead of putting it on the stairs to take up to her room later you walk it up and put it away right then. I always thought it seemed counterproductive and quite frankly, like a lot of work. Since implementing this rule in our house I’ve been amazed at the difference in how picked up and clean the house has remained. 


3. Utilizing a Cleaning Schedule & Kid’s Chore Routine. This was huge for me. By creating a daily cleaning routine the housework never piles up and becomes this albatross around my neck. It makes it easy for me to whip through a room every morning and get the work done quickly. Giving the kids chores not only teaches them responsibility, it also shows them how to work together and function as part of a family unit. Plus, the kids doing the smaller chores frees up mom to take on the bigger projects. 


4. Limit Your Commitments. As one mom told me “there’s a fine line between being involved and being over-involved.” She was right. Lately I’ve found myself tired and stressed out with projects and time constraints pushing on me from all sides. I had to let go of a few projects and committees so I could focus on the ones that really matter to me and focus on my family. Being able to take a walk to the neighborhood playground for half an hour after dinner instead of rushing off to a meeting makes for a happier family and a more connected mom.


5. Break Large Jobs into Small Increments. Putting off bigger jobs because they are time intensive is something I do often but then they never get done. Breaking up the job by setting a timer for 10-15 minutes and doing as much as you can until the timer goes off is a great way to tackle big jobs. I did this with my Magazine Reference Binder– well, I’m still doing this with my magazine binder project. It’s nice to see some progress and I know the job is getting done even if it’s getting done slower than I would like. 


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Organize Household Bills The Easy Way

Household Bills. The source of 99.9% of my stress. The most hated of all the chores in the house. The bane of my existence…you get the idea. Every month Matt and I look at each other and wonder why there seem to be more bills than the previous month. Bills come in the mail and get tossed in the drawer immediately because I’m in the middle of something else. Then a couple of times a month Matt will panic and remember the bills stuck in the drawer and scramble to get them all scheduled to pay online. This system we have going on….not so much a system. A couple of months ago we got a final notice from the power company because somehow that bill slipped through the cracks of our “flawless” system- not just once but apparently two months in a row. That vein in Matt’s forehead was throbbing. Something had to give.


Enter my Household Management Binder. I dedicated an entire section to Bill Paying. I knew I needed a simple system that could be done quickly and easily or it would never happen on a regular basis. I took a good look at the problem areas in our bill paying not-really-a system and found the main flaws were tossing the bills in the drawer and forgetting to schedule them. I started planning our new system around fixing those issues.




I found a great monthly bill tracker online for free and printed it out. I love that it’s two side-by-side sheets so nothing is cramped and everything is easy to see. I dug out every bill from the previous three months and listed them all on the bill tracker in order of due date.  Most of our bills have set monthly due dates that never change and the few that do not I listed the earliest date it was due in the previous 6 months. 


Now when a bill comes in the house it gets opened immediately. I double check the due date with what is listed in my on the monthly bill tracker sheet and make a notation if it’s changed. Beside that particular month’s box I write the amount due. Then I file the bill right away in the household file in my Everyday File Box


Matt and I sit down twice a month now- on the 1st and the 15th usually- and schedule every bill for online payment. On the 1st we schedule every bill due before the 15th and on the 15th we schedule every bill due before the last day of that month. We check them off the monthly bill tracker as soon as we schedule them so we can see that every bill has been paid. We’ve been using this system for a few months now and I’m pleased to say we haven’t had one late bill and no utility companies have threatened to turn off our services. I guess that means it’s working!  


I also printed out a bill info sheet and listed every single account we have with all the important information. Now if we have an issue or a question about a bill we can easily see the number to call and our account number. We schedule our bills to pay through our bank’s online payment system but we manage some of our accounts online still so I listed the web address and log in information for those accounts on this sheet. 


It feels so good to get this part of our lives organized once and for all! I feel like a genuine adult now. Ha!


You can see all the posts in my 31 Day Series HERE. New posts are added daily. 



House Tour 2013

We’ve lived in our home for over a decade now. When we first set out to purchase a home in a brand new city several hours away from our extended family, we only had 3 small kids with no intentions on adding anymore. 10 years later we’ve added 2 more kids and 3 dogs to our family. We get asked all the time when we are going to move to a bigger house. Short answer- we’re not. We love our house, we love our neighbors, we love our neighborhood. Our house is just over 2400 SF with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. You can click the links to see more pictures of each room. 
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