Manage: Taming the Family Calendar and a GIVEAWAY

 Winner is Comment #7 ( KELLI
By: Bev

It wasn’t that long ago we had a houseful of kids, and a full calendar to match. Three kids, busy with all sorts of activities, was a challenge to keep track of.

I bought a large, refrigerator-style calendar, skipping the type that had a nice picture and instead going for one with large blocks. It was our only calendar, and I was the only one allowed to write on it.

Each family member was assigned a color. Dad was green (he brought home the paycheck), I was red (the heart of the home), daughter #1 was pink, daughter #2 was purple, and our son was blue. I bought highlighters in those colors, and put them in a magnet-style basket that was attached to the fridge, next to the calendar. Any activity – a sports practice, cheerleading practice, football game, orthodontist appointment, sleepover, birthday party, was written down on the calendar in non-smearing ink. Then I ran a streak that matched the family member whose appointment it was over it. 

A white marker board might work well if you can post it high enough that little fingers won't smear / erase it.  I could easily see, even from across the kitchen, if anyone needed to be anywhere at a specific time.

Simple, inexpensive – who doesn’t love that? - and it worked for over twenty years. 
It might tame your calendar too.

Wanna win a free set of Sharpie Highlighters to start taming your own calendar? Enter by leaving a comment below. Winner announced Saturday morning. 


MommaRu said...

I love the idea of being able to easily see it from across the room. That is my struggle with the calendar on my iphone. Some how I never hear the reminder alarms, and I always forget to look. Then I am rushing around like a crazy person to get to the event on time.

FunMom said...

You? Never! I'm still laughing about our trail walk the other day! ;)

No judgement here though, friend! You know I'm always right there in that boat with you!!

Becky said...

I used to work for a dentist who used color coding on the treatment schedule. Each assistant had a color as did she. And things to prep before hand were color coded with the assistant's color. It was an amazing and wonderful system and worked flawlessly for us.

I love this for family. I'm like you ... no kids to keep track of anymore. But those are great memories when we were tooling from here to there and there to here in a matter of minutes every day. Crazy and fun!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I'm gonna try it! Cristi

Bev said...

I'm realizing we could STILL do this - color code our three kids' families, so we remember birthdays, soccer games, meeting for dinner, iChatting - we don't have our own kids living at home any more, but the calendar is still full and a challenge to keep track of.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I started doing something similar this year. Big calendar, big open squares. And I use a different color Sharpie Pen for each member of the family. So far, it's working well!

Kelli said...

I love the idea of a visual by person and this year is already shaping up to be "colorful" in our house ... bring on the Sharpies!

Becky said...

That is such a GREAT idea! I love it! I have 3 teens and a tween to keep track of and drive all over creation. : ) lol


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