With fall schedules in full swing, it can be hard to balance school drop-offs and pick-ups, extra-curricular activities, and busy work and social schedules.
To help get your family organized, editor-in-chief of INBETWEEN magazine, Rachel Naud, shares her tips.
Nine simple hacks to help your busy family stay organized
Get each family member to pick a mealHave everyone in the family pick a meal they're responsible for during the week. If the kids are old enough, get them to make it themselves. This takes the meal-planning pressure off parents and it's a guarantee that at least some of your kids will eat their meals without complaining!
Plan ahead for pick-ups/drop-offsSchedule when, where and who when it comes school and activity pick-ups and drop-offs. This can be done old school with a kitchen calendar or electronically with an interactive calendar that can easily be shared with the whole family.
Invest in a large laundry hamperThe hamper should accommodate separate sections for colours, whites and delicates. This will be a communal hamper that the whole family uses. The only rule: The last one to fill the hamper, puts in a load!
Get a family docking stationThis will be a place where everyone can plug in their tech overnight and keep it out of your bedrooms. This will not only help teens and parents alike get more sleep but all the phones will be charged and ready to go in the morning. Plus, you’ll know where they are in the morning!
Prep food on SundayThis includes chopping up veggies that your kids can grab on the go and to pack in their lunches, as well as pre-prepping for meals. Once dinner time rolls around, it will save you a ton of time in the kitchen.
Use a slow cookerUtilize kitchen appliances that are going to make your life easier, like a slow cooker, to have dinner ready when you get home. An instant pot and air-fryer are also great to have for easy, fast dinners.
Get an on-the-go beauty kitThis will include dry shampoo and wipes for those days when you’re rushing to and from the gym. Don’t forget to include some extra makeup to keep at the office!
Clean up dinner and pack your lunch at the same timePrep your lunch for the next day while you're cleaning up after dinner. This could mean packing leftovers in containers or making easy Mason jar salads.
Create an on-your-way basketKeep it by the front door. This will contain items that your family will remember as they're on their way out, including hand sanitizer, tissues and gum.