Setting Up A Family Scheduling Station

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If there is more than one person in your household, you have probably faced the challenge of trying to figure out who is where when. It’s manageable if you have two adults and each keep their own calendar: it’s simply a matter of communicating. But add a child or two into the mix and chaos can erupt. Enter the family information station.

Combining the calendar with notices, shopping lists and other items can make it very easy for the entire household to keep in contact. Here is our family center:

The Calendar

The calendar is the main focus of our family center. We all have information on the calendar. Each of us has a different color ink, and I denote events with stamped images to make it easy to find things. I maintain the schedule for my daughter and myself, and my husband adds his own information.

Upcoming Events

We post lists of upcoming events on the board as well. For summer camp, the list of field trips is listed so that we can quickly refer to it without my having to transfer all the information to the calendar. Keeping it next to the calendar makes it simple to see if there are general events for the day, and then field trips (requiring special clothing or equipment).

The Chore List

I have two lists on the board: one for me and one for my daughter. This keeps our must-dos in one place that is easy to find. Since I go out this door every day on the way to work, I just glance over the list and make sure I have done everything like start up the vacuum and start dinner (if necessary).

My daughter’s list is to give her a visual reference for what she needs to do when she gets home. During the school year, it includes things like practicing piano and doing homework. The list changes based on the time of the year.

Reward Tracking

My daughter can currently earn points toward a reward based on chores she does around the house. The sheet showing her progress toward earning a movie is hung where she can see it.

The Shopping Lists

Above the bulletin board, I have a small white board that is divided into five sections. Each section corresponds to a specific store we frequent. We write things on the board when they need to be purchased. It is hung high to keep my daughter from adding things to the shopping list (such as candy and soda).

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This all-in-one-place solution has made a big difference in our family communication.

  1. I really like this idea and have put on my list of things to try. Schedules are starting to get crazy and I know it is going to get worse when my younger kids get older. Thanks.

    • I’ve recently convinced my husband to send me his Outlook calendar, which I import into Google calendar along with my own (my daughter’s schedule is mostly in my calendar). This also helps with on-the-go checking, and with having one print out to transfer to the master calendar.

      I also find that having a calendar that runs August to August is better with kids, because you can get all the school dates on at the beginning of the school year.