Easy Steps For Organizing A Family

For most modern families, organization is key. With so many friends, hobbies, jobs and commitments, it can be easy to lose track. Staying organized is crucial for a smooth and harmonious daily life but it is not always easy to achieve. We may feel like we often don’t know what each family member is up to during the week or that appointments and commitments can sneak up on us. There are many advantages to being an organized family that go beyond simply making things run more smoothly. Being organized makes it easier to ensure that you spend quality time together. It makes holidays simpler to plan if everyone knows their commitments, and it keeps morale high. Disorganization can lead to a lot of anxiety and stress. They commonly cause tension in relationships and so a disorganized family is often a stressed one. But with a bit of forward planning and communication, you can revolutionize the ways that you and your family get things done.

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Communication is a common buzzword in relationship terms. Whether friends, family or partners, we are often encouraged to express ourselves. Communication shows respect and interest. If it is sincere and not accusatory, we should regularly ask our family members what their plans are and share our own. By knowing what is going on in each others lives, there is instantly more to talk about. You won’t feel shut out and neither will they. Communication facilitates more communication. The more openly you share the more likely you are to get the same back. Try to keep everyone involved and updated with your plans and they will soon learn to return the favor. Emails and even an online calendar can be a great way to keep teenagers involved. If they can add an activity to a calendar that is then visible to you they can feel independent whilst still keeping you updated.

Emphasize Quality Time
Organization makes quality time more of a possibility, because you can better organize your time to suit it. But interestingly, family time can also lead to better organization. If we regularly spend time together, we are more likely to share plans and activities for the coming week. We can then chop and change what is inconvenient. We can fit activities around others, and we can schedule in our family time. Quality time is important for family relationships but it also makes it easier to stay organized. It can act like a mini-meeting or weekly debrief each time to catch up on the week and plan the next.

Prep Work
Getting things done in the early mornings or evenings in preparation for the day can be a great way to stay ahead. Many parents swear by the routine of packing bags or lunches in the evening so that they can sleep in a little later and not compete with the morning rush. Prep work doesn’t have to feel like a chore either. If you take something on when the rest of the family are still asleep or preparing for bed it can be valuable time for yourself.

Brother P-Touch Challenge: The Results – A Basement Makeover

Back in August, I participated in the Brother P-Touch Challenge. In that post, I mentioned that I would be making over my basement and sharing the results with you.

It’s been 2 months since I put up that post, and I am so, so excited to share the results with you.

I figured the best way to really show you my new and improved basement was with a video. That being said, here it is:

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Ok, ok. I know. I like the world great. Sorry. But it really is great. The kids and I all love our basement now. I don’t have toys all over my house, the kids have somewhere to call their own, where they can watch movies, play video games, play board games, or just goof off. If it’s raining outside, the first place they ask to go is in the basement. It is so nice to actually have that option now.

I also thought it would be fun to show you my favorite areas in pictures. Ready?

Here we go!

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Ta da! Doesn’t it look awesome? {Maybe I should say great? :)} I really think it does, and I love how it turned out. The picture above shows a glimpse of the chairs where the kids can watch movies, the bookcase, and my exercise area.

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This picture shows our new “multimedia” area. We’ve got the X-boxes, the wii, the DVD player, and all the DVDs in one easy to access place. I’m pretty sure this is the kids’ favorite part of the room.

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Here’s my favorite area. It’s my craft area. I finally have one place to store all my crafting stuff. I can sit in that chair and sew, make hair bows, wipes cases, jewelry, or anything I want. Everything is clearly labeled, easy to find, easy to access, and the best part…. easy to clean up. If my kids would let me, I could honestly spend all day right there.

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Here’s my second favorite area in the basement. I’ve got my photography backdrop all set up and ready to use anytime I want to. Now I have no more excuses. My light is hidden directly behind the backdrop and is easy to pull out, pop the shadowbox on there, and plug it in. I love, love, love that it’s so easy to take portraits of the kids now. I haven’t had an area like this in a home since we lived in Ohio, and I have really missed it.

This Challenge has been awesome. I love the new room that I have thanks to Mom Central and Brother.  And I have to say, the Brother P-touch PT-1290 is so easy to use. Even my kids can do it. {I made the mistake of leaving the P-touch where Jace could reach it, and he went through and labeled everything… including a few of my dishes. It’s funny now, and I’m finally able to see that it’s great that he could spell the words correctly and label them. If nothing else, it was a learning experience for both of us. But, I do love the fact that it’s so easy to use even a child could do it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my results of the Brother P-Touch Challenge. I know I’ve had a blast doing this, and so have my kids. If you have a room in your house that you want to organize, I would highly recommend the Brother P-touch PT-1290. The labels stay put, it’s easy to find exactly what I need, and my basement looks fantastic.

To learn more about the Brother P-Touch Label Maker and the different options available, check out the Brother Website.

What do you think? How did my basement turn out?

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product and gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

The Brother P-Touch Label Challenge

Have you ever tried to label something important, only to have the labels all fall off after just a short time? (Think Seinfeld.)

If so, pay close attention!ptouch test kit

I was selected by Mom Central to participate in a campaign with Brother to showcase their P-Touch Label Maker. Over the next few months, you’ll see several posts from me about the Brother P-Touch Label Maker and how those labels get me organized and then how they hold up in my house.

My first post is about the P-Touch Label Challenge. I’m supposed to put these labels to the test and see how they really hold up.

I took the challenge, and with the help of Jace and Parker, we put these labels to the test! Here’s our Challenge Results caught on camera:

As you can see, the labels definitely held up to all the abuse we were giving it. I also have to tell you that Jace stayed outside for 20 more minutes trying everything he could to get that label off the block, and he absolutely could not get it off.

It’s awesome to see the label withstand so much and not come peeling off.

In case you didn’t take the time to watch the video, here’s a recap:

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We took the P-Touch Challenge

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Here's the label before we started our testing.

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Jace tried so hard to get the label off!

After the challenge

Even after all the abuse, the label still looks exactly the same.

As you can see, the label held up under all the pressure we put on it. I am super impressed with these labels so far, and I can’t wait to see how they hold up to the everday abuse my kids will put them through.

In the next few weeks, I will be giving my basement a complete makeover. (Thanks to Mom Central and Brother.) It’s time to turn it into the dream room I envisioned when we first moved in here. I’ll be using the Brother P-touch PT-1290 to help achieve my {organized} dream room.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey! I have a feeling it’s going to be lots of fun.

To learn more about the Brother P-Touch Label Maker and the different options available, check out the Brother Website.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product and gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.