FYI- For those of you wondering how I got this post up after my little post yesterday, The Carpenter and I decided to not go up to the lake unitl this evening, thus giving me a little bit of kid-free time to get some things done! Lucky you! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming!
A while back I became privy to an intriguing little organizing system via the one and only Pinterest, and decided that it just might be a perfect addition to my little planing-obsessed world. It is called The File Crate System and was designed originally (as far as I know) by Dawn at By Sun and Candelight (you can click there to get to her entire archive of File Crate System posts).
You see, I was already planning on doing something similar for just our homeschool materials and printables, since I have the entire year planned and needed a way to organize all of it. This system took it to a whole new level for me, however, because it incorporates everything on a personal level as well! Wahoo!
So, what does it actually look like? Well, I have 52 file folders (Yeah! Finally a use for all the cute file folders I have been unreasonably collecting due to my paper and office/school supply addiction!) labeled with all the weeks of the year and the week number of school and subject matter (or school break if we are on one). These regular file folders are then placed in hanging file folders for each month.
What’s inside the folders? School-wise I have all the printables for that school week (lapbook components, coloring sheets, worksheets, instructions, flat craft supplies, etc…).
I also have things pertaining to the overall workings of our family. For instance, I place bills that need to be scheduled for payment and filed into the appropriate weeks, flyers for events we want to attend, coupons that need to be used by a specific date, etc…
I also have a master to-do list that will move from folder to folder each week so I can keep whittling away at it, and a weekly to-do list inside each folder. The weekly to-do list is fantastic because as I think of things all throughout the year I can write them on the list for the specific week that I want or need to accomplish them. This is a great way to make sure I have birthday presents purchased plenty in advance, blogging deadlines met and so forth. It’s fool proof, right?
So, how does it actually work? Well, each Friday after we are done with school I will take out the folder for the following week and replenish our workboxes and folders for the week to come. At this time I will also be able to mentally make note of the family contents in the folder so I have a good grasp of what needs to be done in the week ahead. This folder will then stay on the desk all week, until Friday when it gets switched out. It’s pretty much as simple as that!
I am sure this system will evolve and change through the year to completely fit our needs, but I really couldn’t be more excited about it! I think it is going to be such a tremendous help and I just can’t wait to really put it to full use once our school year begins!
I also do want to mention that my actual lesson plans for the year are not placed in these folders but rather in a 3-ring binder that will be stored behind the folders (see it back there?). I felt like it would be easier to keep all the plans in one central location so I can look at our full scope a little bit faster.
Behind the folders I will also have freezer sized baggies for each country we are studying to organize craft supplies and momentos for each country that aren’t flat and therefore wouldn’t easily fit into a file folder.
There are so many endless options of how you could really make this system fit your family. You could file your menu plans here (unless you do a yearly meal plan, which I am going to talk all about next week!), pre-purchased birthday cards for the year or even tickets to events that you want to make sure not to lose! I would love for you to share some of your own ideas and the customized way you plan for your family! Do tell!
Oh, and as a little reward for making it all the way to the end of this post, I wanted to pass on a free printable to you! Here is my Weekly To-Do List planning form, special just for you! And hey, if you really like them, maybe you could think about tweeting, facebooking, blogging, or even Pinning them! That would be totally awesome and I would completely love you forever! (To help out, there are a bunch of easy sharing buttons at the bottom of this post- except for Pinterest, that one has to be done the way you normally would.)
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Tomorrow you can look forward to a post about the basic routine we will be following this fall.