Monday, November 17, 2008

Help for Growing Families! Family Calendar

Without this calendar we would all be lost. Sure, at one time I used a regular cute flip open calendar, but with my growing family it was never big enough.

So, I went to Staples and bought a huge desk calender. You know...the big ones that you lay on your desk. It usually has black corner protectors on it, but I take those off.

I use business card magnets I had from mail offers or ones I picked up here and there and tape them to the back of this large calender and put it up on the side of my refrigerator, but it can be put up on the wall if you have room.

I also keep a clip at the top with appt. cards on it. I'm not sure why I keep those there, because I have everything on the calendar, but I've used this clip for other things like business cards, invitations, driving directions, etc., and I keep a pencil at the top of the clip.

In years past, I actually had colored markers/pens, and had a specific color assigned to each person, but as the family grew, my brain shrunk it became more difficult for me to remember who had what color, so now I just put the person's name next to the appt./activity.

And toward the end of the year when apppointments are made before I can get the new years calendar, I just jot down the appt. at the bottom of Decembers calender in the space for notes. So, when I finally buy the desk calender I can transfer those appointments and not miss anything.

This is the handiest thing for our family, and we all use it!

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  1. Thanks for the link, Lisa. Great plan. We do have a lot to keep up with.

  2. This is such a great idea. I love, love, love it! I am promptly putting this on my Christmas wish list! Great tip!

  3. I use a calendar, of course, but a bigger one would be nice. Thanks for the tip!

    I had to laugh because I keep all those little appt. slips too... even though the info is on the calendar. Glad to know I'm in good company! :)

  4. We have the exact same calender at my house!