Organization

Color Coordination

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When you have more than one child it is easier to have their towels and washcloths a specific color (like their favorite). No question whose is whose when its bath time!

Color Coordination

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I am mother of four and one thing that really helped me was assigning each of my kids, my husband and myself a color. Our favorite color. And I used the colors to color code my calendar. Beginning of each week I would check to see who had what and how many events I needed to be a part of. As my children got older, it was easier because they could drive themselves, so I would start my week checking the colors of the kids who couldn't drive. That was my clue I needed to be involved. It made it easier to plan my week. My children are all grown and now my calendar is filled with the favorite colors of our grandchildren.

Shopping by Aisle

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A few years ago a friend shared with me a Wal-Mart shopping printable spreadsheet. My husband made some adjustments to suit our family's needs and preferences and it has become a must have to grocery shop. Having a large family, the list along with meal planning is a must! The greatest thing about this shopping list is it flows by isle at our local Wal-Mart making shopping simple.

Sunday School

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As a Sunday School Teacher for grades 1-6 I used to fill rushed each Sunday morning trying to get to church early enough to get things set up for class. Now when materials come in for the quarter I divided the materials, student pages and teaching aids, by the week that they will be used and put them into a 13-space fan-fold organizer. I also try to prepare the memory verse cards I send with each students weekly so that they can learn the verse prior to coming to class each week. This has cut down on the weekly stress and only takes a couple of hours of dedicated time every quarter which will then allow me time to do my Bible Study each week and feel more prepared for teaching.

Multiple Electronics

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I use plastic bread ties to label each cord that comes with my electronic gadgets. I get the plastic bread ties from bread bags or potato bags. I write on the plastic bread tie with a permanent marker what gadget it belongs to . This makes it easier to find the cord you need and when you get rid of a gadget you know what cords go with it. I have several cords that I don't know what they belong to but I'm afraid to get rid of them because I may still have the item it belongs to. This helps to clear up some clutter of cords that I no longer need. I also do this with each item that is plugged into my surge protector. That way if I need to unplug something it's easy to identify which cord to unplug

Eliminate Clutter

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Always, always,always keep a narrow "stairway" basket at both ends of the stairway. We started this when our kids were little and now with them married and gone it still helps eliminate clutter and provides a "temporary" holding place until someone goes up...or down the stairs!

Organizing Receipts

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You are to keep certain papers and receipts for 7 years (in case you are audited, etc).  if you need to look up old receipts- I do this by keeping a file for each of the 7 years in the top of my closet, and in each file are categories of: Auto repairs, Gas Receipts, Utilities, Tax Receipts, etc. At the end of each year, I shred the oldest year of papers and use that file holder for the new year. This has been an excellent way to simplify such an overwhelming task!

Organizing Mail

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Open your mail while standing right next to your recycle bin. All the envelopes and junk mail goes right in. Save the bills and other important documents. Don't bother with piles of mail cluttering up your house!

Communication

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Communication between my husband, myself, and our tween and teenager can be poor with all of the events my girls are involved in. So, at dinner time, if we are all together at the dinner table, we discuss how our days went then we talk about any upcoming events and money needed for those events. So that everyone is on the same page with things coming up. Then later write those events on the calendar.

Changing Sheets

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I am a pastor's wife and a mom of 4 and we change bed sheets often and also have overnight company a lot. I found myself frustrated that I couldn't find matching sheet sets in the closet and so I began to put the matching fitted and top sheets in the matching pillow case when I folded them and put them in the closet, that way whoever changed the bed knew which sheets matched! Yay!