Auckland City Real Estate Blog with Harcourts Charlton

  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Say Farewell To Family Frantics

Simple Ways To Keep You And Your Family More Organised

Do you hear yourself saying “Hurry up” a lot lately? When you think of the ‘morning in your household’ what are the first words that come to mind? Rushed, hectic, stressful? If this is you then keep reading! Turn those negative words to positives with these ideas to keep you and your family so organised that other families envy your amazing stress-free life. 

The Basket Colour Coding Method

This method is your new best friend! Say you have four people in your home – Blue, Green, Orange & Red. Have a basket somewhere in the house identifying these colours. These then will be filled with anything lying around the house that shouldn't be. Then, whenever anyone misplaces anything, it will be in their basket, as simple as that!  Another Tip for the long run – Label any games, toys or anything that could start an argument of whose is whose with this colour.

Time for a Timetable

Depending on the age of your little ones, using words and pictures to help your children follow daily routines can be a huge success! Set a schedule with the times of; breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, shoes on and so on. Accompany this schedule with pictures of the item to help make mornings a little more fun for them. The more mornings this is used, the more likely it is to turn into a well-structured routine.

Cleaning Rewards

If there is a reward involved… the kids will become more motivated. Sit down with them, lay down a list of jobs you would want them to do and let them write what they would like as a reward down on a piece of paper. They don’t have to be expensive! Rewards can include; extra TV Time, Staying up a little past bedtime and so so on. However, these jobs should be done without being asked, get them into a routine of wanting to do the dishes, or wanting to pick up their toys once they’ve finished because they get something in return. As time goes on who knows, this could become more of a habit than a chore.

Managing your Menu

It’s now time to plan ahead. If you don’t already, set up a menu for your family meals. Start this process with dinners and plan them out weekly. Once you start to get more in the flow of this then add on breakfast and kids’ lunches (Save a lot of stress by preparing these the night before).  Also, to make sure you avoid the phrase ‘I don’t want that for lunch’ Keep a list of tasty snack ideas for kids lunches and allow them to pick two they would like for lunch each day (or even 3 as a cleaning reward).

Have any of your own ideas? Then send us an email: lisa.westerby@harcourts.co.nz

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