Either my brain is shrinking or the amount of information required to run a household of five is increasing faster than my brain’s ability to contain it. Doesn’t matter–all I know is the less I have to carry around in my brain, the better.
And this is why I love lists.
(Mostly love. Sometimes I hate lists. My To-Do List, especially. My To-Do List mocks me.)
My favorite kind of list is the one that quietly reminds me of important things. Things I need to do on a regular basis. Things I should remember, except that I don’t.
Enter: My two new best friends. The Morning Checklists.
With three kids going in three different directions, I often find myself forgetting things, like who needs library books today and who has music lessons after school and who needs an extra snack and bottled water for sports practice. This isn’t the sort of thing I would normally write on a calendar, but I was never sure what to do with it, except try to hold it all in my brain (which we already established, is too small.)
No lie, it was not until MAY last year, that I finally remembered what day Elijah needed library books. MAY!
This first list tells me all of that, every single day, so I don’t have to try to remember at 6:30 am when I’m urging tired little children to finish breakfast and brush teeth so we aren’t late. Honestly, this list helps me so much, I can’t believe it’s taken me so many years to think to write it down this way.
This list will change from time to time as activities begin and end, obviously. But then again, this entire post may be obvious to you.
I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to give my son an allergy pill in the morning. Or left the signed permission slip on the counter instead of tucking it into a back pack. Or left the packed lunch in the fridge instead of handing it to a child. This second list helps me with that. I give it a quick glance just before we head out the door, just to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything.
I’ve taped both of these lists on my kitchen cabinet, just above the backpacks and lunch boxes. Pretty, huh?
Q4U: How do you keep it all straight? Do you use some cool app on your smartphone? Do you write it on your calendar? Play hardball and hold your kids responsible for remembering? Let’s share morning organization tips!