If you want your family’s life to run more smoothly, you can make a few simple changes to improve the routine. When every family member lends a hand in activity scheduling, everyone’s life can be easier.
Besides making adjustments to your family’s habits, you can use devices that allow you to automate your home and streamline your day-to-day activities. Discover three simple tips to help you find more time in your day.
Know What’s Happening With Scheduling
With work, volunteer commitments, school, and extracurricular activities, organizing your family’s activity schedules can be a nightmare. Knowing who needs to be where, which child needs a ride, and who has to have soccer gear washed and ready is critical to planning ahead and not spending your life in a state of perpetual panic.
Hanging a calendar in the kitchen or using a free online schedule can allow all members of the family to add their commitments. This way, your youngest child can see you are already driving your oldest child somewhere, so the mom taxi is unavailable.
Having this information in front of you also makes planning meals, finances, and parental supervision less stressful.
Plan Ahead for Dinner and Laundry
Once you know who needs what, where, and when, you can organise activities in advance. Plan your meals for a week so that you can prepare a quick dinner on a night you are too busy to cook. When you write out several weekly meal plans and their associated shopping lists in advance, you can avoid having to worry about arranging dinner and the shopping on the same day.
The same goes for clothes. If possible, sort your children’s outfits according to what they will be wearing each day. This way, you won’t be hunting around for a matching sock two minutes before you have to leave for the school run in the mornings. By making a plan, you can also avoid having to do laundry at 2 a.m.
Work Smarter With Smart Devices
Imagine not having to wake the kids because you set their bedroom alarms and turned on their lights remotely. Your coffee can be brewed and waiting for you, and your day’s schedule can be displayed on your tablet. The garage door opens, and the car starts warming up at a preset time.
All of these scenarios are possible with relatively simple home automation devices. One such device is a Wi-Fi thermostat, which you can program to have the temperatures in your house at specific settings throughout the day and night. Additionally, you can control these thermostats remotely so that if you are on the way home early from work, you can use your phone to adjust the heat in your house so that you can open the door to a comfortably warm home.
As you can see, streamlining your family’s daily routine does not have to be difficult. By including all of your family members in the scheduling, you can help make life easier and less stressful for all the members of your household.