Where to start getting organised at home!

Where to start getting organised at home!

Planning With Kids is about getting organised at home, setting up solid foundations, so you can spend more time with your family and on the fun bits of family life.

I have put together this list of key posts on the blog to give you a quick guide through some of the key plans, templates and processes that we have used to help simplify and add fun to our family life.

If you are thinking, I just need to do something now! Then this post lists the three key routines I would implement to make a start – Where to start getting organised at home?.

Getting started can be the hardest part. Think about what area of family life is causing you the most stress, find a routine to eliminate that one, spend time to make sure it is established and then move on to the next area. One routine, one step at a time you can get there. Good luck!

Menu Planning:

Stress free meal time is essential when you have a busy family. Meal planning allows you to simplify the eating and shopping process in one hit.

Night Time Preparation / Smooth Mornings:

Going to bed organised, means that mornings will run so much smoother and allow it to be an enjoyable as opposed to a hectic time of the day.

Children’s Timetables and School Activities:

Once kids start school, there are a number of plans you can put into place to allow kids to manage themselves, so they can become independent in getting themselves ready for school.

The associated paperwork  and activities that come along with school mean you need to have systems in place so you can stay on top of it all.


Productivity = using your time + energy + attention effectively to achieve your goal. I deliberately used effectively instead of efficiently in my definition. We can be efficient in our days, working on tasks in a very organised manner, but if those tasks are of low value or come at the expense of more important tasks, then we are not being productive.

I focus on productivity in the home so I can complete tasks I need in a minimum amount of time, so I have more time to spend being with the family, not doing for the family.

Home routines

Home routines are just like habits. Habits work because they take the thinking out of the minutia of the everyday activities you have to do. Scientists generally believe habits emerge because the brain is always looking for ways to save effort. Left to its own devices, the brain will try to make almost any routine into a habit, because habits allow our minds to ramp down more often.

By being conscious about the habits we develop for the home, we can make our own life much easier.

Children’s Jobs:

Allocating age appropriate tasks to the kids, not only reduces mum and dad’s work loads, but begins teaching them responsibility.

Family Relationships:

Communication is the key to keeping the relationships in the family in a healthy shape. Here are some ways we manage the relationships in our family:


Play is such an essential ingredient of a happy family. Play can take many different forms and you will find ideas in the post listed:


It is essential for a mum to have a range of activities in her life, to ensure that you can best take care of your family. Planning time for your work, rest and play means it is far more likely to happen.

If you have any questions, comments or tips you would like to share, feel free to leave them in the comment section below or you can email me at nicole@planningwithkids.com.

Wishing you simplicity and happy times for your family!


  1. says

    What timing – I feel a bit like I might have found the edge of the woods so this post is perfect for inspiring me to try my hand at compartmentalising the chaos. What do you charge for a private consultation????

  2. says

    Fantastic collection of posts! I may not have lots of things documented on paper, but you are a woman after my own heart. I am loving your practical, common-sense approach and the way you verbalise what floats about in my head all the time.

    Loved your 10 tips for organised school mornings. We leave home at 8am too…I have a visual/text list of what must be done in the morning for the kids and the 9yo still checks it every day just to make sure. Have had versions of that list since the oldest one was in preschool. We also have critical markers for time. The kids have to be up,dressed, bed made and breakfast on the go by 7.30am or there is stress and crankiness.

  3. says

    awesome. will have to read through all this. especially the planning food (as I’ve recently moved and not in the ‘groove’ yet. and mornings. oh i’m NOT good in the mornings. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!