Revisiting Areas Of Household Organisation

Homework Area

With the kids making their way back to school / kinder, I have been revisiting the organisation of different elements of our household. I find that the organisational processes we use need to develop with us as our family develops. They are pretty much a constant work in progress.

I am currently taking stock, to see what is working, what needs tweaking and what needs to be completely overhauled.

What is working

Get Organized For School
Let’s start with the positives shall we! The arrangement we have for school bags, hats and library bags is working well for us. You can see more about how we organise the school gear in this post Getting The School Gear Organised.

Our night time routine works really well, setting us up for a clean slate each morning. You can see what we do in this post 10 Things To Do Before You Go To Bed. Simple things like setting the table for breakfast makes such a difference to the start of our day.

School and Preschool Routine
The kids routine charts work really well and feedback from readers is that they have worked for them too, which is great to hear.

What needs tweaking

9 year old

7 year old

4 year old

2 year old

Take own breakfast dishes to sink.Take own breakfast dishes to sink.Take own breakfast dishes to sink.
Take own breakfast dishes to sink.
Stack dishwasher.Put milk and juice in fridge.Put cereal back in pantry.Help 4 year old with cereal.
Make bed.Make bed.Make bed."Help" mum make bed.
Tidy bedroom.Tidy bedroom.Tidy bedroom."Help" mum tidy bedroom.
Put away clean clothes (if any to do).Put away clean clothes (if any to do).Put away clean clothes (if any to do)."Help" mum put away clean clothes (if any to do).

In the post, Kids Chores – What My Kids Do In The Morning the above table is what our kids were doing. The jobs each child does need rotation and there are some other things I am expecting the kids to do now, which need to be added.

I also need to make a better visual representation of this for the kids. It probably needs to be split into two charts one for the older kids and one for the younger kids.

Homework Area
The homework area we have still works very well, but the way we do homework now with four in school needs tweaking. Who can work where, where am I spending my time when, are things we are now working out. It will be a few weeks I think before we really find our feet here and tweak it, so everyone is okay with the way it is working.

What needs to be completely overhauled

We changed last year from this system to a sort of hybrid, but it needs to be overhauled again. Each year it seems that there is more technology to deal with. As kids get older I realise there are different needs to take into account than when they are young.

We are trying a few things out at the moment, again to see if we can come up with something that we are all okay with. But with this area, I will certainly be making sure there are firm boundaries around homework completion, sharing of technology etc.

We have just recently overhauled our drop zone as well. If you have signed up to the Planning With Kids newsletter (you can see the latest edition here), you would have seen this already today!

We have made a dedicated area, were the kids need to bring their technology before they go to bed – kindle, iPods, mobile phone all those types of things. For some of the kids it is not a temptation to have them in the room, but for others – they might never sleep!

How is the organisation in your house – are there areas that need tweaking or a complete overhaul?


  1. says

    Great ideas – I’m a bit of an organisation nut and love to see how others cope with things. I get proud of myself for just organising Miss M and here you are with four! You are amazing ;) xx

  2. says

    Hi Nic, I am on the same page as you with this at the moment. The family is growing and changing and our routines and organisation needs tweaking. For the first time I have one with homework in year 1, my 2nd child has started kindy 2 days one week and then 3 days the next. I also have one at home full time who still naps. It is a bit of a play with trial and error at the moment but I am liking the change :)

  3. says

    I’m with Janice and becci. I love to be organised too and we are learning. The thing I’m most proud of is that our kids are becoming more responsible. I can say put you shoes away and they get put away. Same with clothes in the laundry basket. I’m impressed with myself and 2 kids- but you with 5 kids just blows my mind!!

  4. says

    Good to see that I can’t aim to realistically create the perfect environment in each of these areas from the get go! Works in progress… Living that way isn’t in my comfort zone, but hey, it’ll help me grow as a person! As for technology & kids… Some of our friends with school aged kids seem to me to do it quite well – they have a limit on ‘screen time’ to cover technology in their house. And shock horror, their kids actually enjoy reading conventional books & spending time together as a family! :-)