Keeping Life Organized
August 1, 2012
Life is busy. And when you care for other people’s children, its even busier! There are a number of tips and tools out there to help keep your brain from exploding and helping you stay on top of things. As a business owner, teacher and mom, here are some things I do to help keep me sane – they work…. most of the time
2. The dreaded To Do list – I am a list maker. With all the different hats I wear, I find it is necessary to keep lists so I can keep all I need to do straight in my head. I have different categories of lists: Dayhome Registry, Kids, Home, Work. Then, under each of those categories, I break it down into timeframes: What do I need to do today? this week? this month? this season?. I have an android phone, and it comes with a great task organizer complete with due dates, recurring “to dos” etc. There is also a great i-App called Trello. It allows you to share your lists and “to dos” with others via email.
4. Filing – once I pull out the papers from their baskets, they need a home to go to. I have a three drawer filing cabinet, each one labeled appropriately (Home, Business, Teaching Work) When organizing papers for a dayhome, I would have a folder for each child containing their registration, allergies and medications, parent communication and receipts.Once you receive payment, generate the receipt and put it in that child’s folder. For the business side of things, have 12 different file folders, one for each month, and then file expenses (craft supplies, groceries, cleaning supplies, diapers, etc), statements, and utility bills by month. If you buy sand toys and bubbles in May for the dayhome, put it in the May folder. At the end of the year, all your receipts are neatly organized for doing taxes and giving to parents. Have a file folder for craft ideas, recipe ideas, games ideas, etc. When you are stuck for something new, you can pull out a quick idea to use with the kids.