Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Our Daily System

Football and cheerleading practice. Boys and girls basketball. Summer sports camp schedules, and vacation scheduling. Three Back to School nights, three sets of Parent-Teacher Conferences. Birthdays, anniversaries, school and sports pictures. You get the picture. Each family has so much going on! Running here and there, how do we make it on time, or even make it there at all??!!
My family and my home would not function if it weren't for our "Daily System". It was my best Pottery Barn purchase to date, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. The only thing that worries me...when the wall comes down in the kitchen to make room for my "forever wanting" island (which it'll soon be tumbling down!!), I don't yet know where I'm going to put it. Operative word: yet.
Component #1: Our calendar. Our brain as I affectionately call it, since that's all we need to look at in the morning to see where we're going, and when. Each of us...even the children. (My daughter had a playdate over yesterday, and the little girl said, "Oooohhhhh...I wish my mommy had one of those!!! She never knows what we're doing...and we're always LATE!!")
Bless her little six year old heart...but kids know. They thrive on structure!!) We have a brain on the wall for all to see, and a book brain for the entire year. No need to go out and buy one...I've done that...they just fall apart after a few months of constant use. I printed out calendars from the computer, punched holes, and popped them into a three pronged folder (one of the perks of having a teacher in the family...we always have school supplies around. Not necessarily in the fashionable colors I prefer, but free. Beggars can't be choosers!!)
This stays in the calendar mailslot so we always know where it is.

Other components: As well as the "Calendar and Notepaper" mailslot to hold our paper calendar and for messaging by the phone, we have a "Mom" mailslot, for important school papers, medical prescriptions, etc, "To be Filed" for paid bill slips, insurance papers, etc, and "Mail" mailslot...for incoming and outgoing, as well as address labels, stamps, and envelopes.

I'm always on the lookout for organizational ideas and tools. Do you have a daily system? What Works for You??!!


  1. Great system. We have a family calendar too that I can't live without.

  2. That really is a great system you have for all those things to remember.

  3. The Daily System is from Pottery Barn. The whiteboard, mail slots, and rod. They also have other components, like key hooks and charging shelves instead of all of the mailslots, but they work best for us. Thanks for reading!