Monday is a public holiday in Victoria, giving us a long weekend! We aren’t going away this weekend, but have a few fun activities lined up and I intend to read a book and have some sleep ins.
Amongst this I also plan to work on a few small organising tasks to keep me on track. Here are some simple organising ideas you might like to try over the long weekend.
1. Make a photo album
One thing I hear from many parents is they take so many photos now, but don’t ever print them out. This is a great activity to do with the kids as they love looking at the photos. Depending on how long it has been since you have printed photos and what you have done over the last year you might choose to simply create a family album from a holiday you have had recently, or do what we do and make a family annual – an album started from January going through December for a year.
Options for making albums online are:
2. Write up a will
No one really likes to think about this sort of stuff, but it is important. If you haven’t set one up, you can do one yourself and it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can download a State Trustees Legal Will Kit to complete (one each). A single kit costs $29.99 and can be downloaded online. It comes with a fantastic Will Planning Guide, which takes you step by step through the sections you need to complete to make a comprehensive will. This kit suits only those who have straightforward circumstances. The infographic below will give you an idea if it is for you or not.
3. Declutter the kids’ toys
You can check out this post to see how we go about it – Toy Organisation Tips
4. Set up a school paper work system
If you are new to the school system this year, finding away to manage all of the paperwork that comes with school is essential. This doesn’t mean you need an extensive set up or need to buy stationery items to sort it, it is about finding something that works for you and the kids.
Here are some ideas for you:
- Managing School Paperwork
- Home Organisation – 4 Tips For Handling Family Paperwork
- Children Information Sheet – a one page document with all the essential info you need when completing forms for kids at school like last Tetanus injection, Medicare number, Doctor’s Name and Details etc.
- How to use Evernote to reduce paper clutter in the home
5. Declutter your wardrobe
I honestly cannot believe what an amazing effect culling my wardrobe has had on my life. In this post How to simplify your wardrobe I show the process I went through and share some useful resources on the topic.
6. Weekly food preparation
The long weekend provides a great opportunity to get some additional baking and weekly food prep done. Having food prepared in advanced makes the week run so much smoother and doing it on the weekend means you can have the kids in the kitchen with you giving you a hand too.
You may find some recipe inspiration in these posts:
7. Heavy duty washing
While we have only been back at school less than two months, some of the kids uniforms are ready for some heavy duty cleaning especially the boys white shirts. Check out this post if you have whites that need some work and you want to do it in an eco friendly way – Keeping your white linens white.