18 June 2014

Moms Command Center

This is the brain of my home. This is where I keep our schedules, chores, to do lists and anything else that I need to keep track of.
Here is a picture of how I had my board set up during the school year.

First yes I have pink tile all over my walls, its in the bathrooms as well, floor to ceiling. I like pink but this is to much even for me. So I am not working with the prettiest of walls to start with. However it works and I know someday I will have a house that I can paint and design what ever I want. Until then it makes the best sense for us to live in government quarters. 
Anyway let me explain what I have on the wall for you and then in my Summer Plan post, I will show you what changes I made for the summer and tell you why.
Also I am sorry for the lousy pictures. I usually don't get around to doing my blog till after the girls go to bed. Night time pictures are never great and there is a counter right across from this wall that makes it hard to take a strait on shot. Ugh! Someday right. Do I hear other military wives out there sighing with me, "yes someday".
So lets start at the top.


I love sunflowers so of course this is at the top of my wall. Yes it clashes with the pink but I dont care. I made it for my "someday house" and it makes me happy. I cut the letters out with my pazzles, I love that machine. Then my mother-in-law sent me this really beautiful sunflower card. It has sat on my counter forever so I decided to hang it here. I plan on framing it, lol, someday.
Then moving down

2, 3 and 4

2 This is my monthly calender with my to do list. Which includes my shopping list, phone calls I need to make, emails that I need to send, reminders and even a place to write down future plans/crafts. That way I dont forget later on. 
3. This is my daily chore list for me and when to do it. Example in the morning I needed to put laundry in to start it washing, and take the meat out of the freezer. Our morning routine is mostly the same but it gives myself and my big princesses a check list to follow, so we can make sure we got everything done. I will explain a lil more about her chore chart in a min. 
4. Is my week at a glance. I used my phone to keep my apts in however it was nice for me to have them all laid out like this so I could more easily see if I needed to shift school or reschedule something. Some days it just wasn't possible to do school because we were to busy and others there was nothing planned so we could do all those "extras" that as a homeschooling mommy I want to do. 
All of these were print outs, I found most of them on line and edited them to fit us or I created them myself. They are all placed in a cheap dollar store frame that way I could write on the glass and then just erase it at the end of the week and start over, or cross it off when we did it.
I like to have Sunday dates with myself so I can plan ahead for the week. I don't always get them especially when daddy's gone on deployment but I still try. 
Now on to Savannah's chart.

I don't like the thought of chores per say, I feel that they should clean their room, care for their pets, and do self care themselves because these are things they need to learn. Not just do them because they are getting paid to do them. So when I started off doing chores for Savannah I called it her responsibility chart instead of chores. She had a list of things that she had to do everyday because she is part of this household and we work together to make it a home. 
I am here to care not serve them. God's word says we need to work together as a team just like the different parts of our body work together. Now on the flip side of that I wanted her to learn that doing work can bring rewards so after her responsibility's are done she can choose to do a chore. At age 4-5 she got 1 dollar a day if she did an extra chore. So at the end of the week, paydays are always on Sundays, she would get $5.  Each day on her chart there was a different room to focus on and sometimes I just asked her to do a certain one. So below her chart I attached 2 envelopes, one was squares with different chores printed on them. I used both words and pictures so she would know what to do. The other envelope was for her to place them in after she had done them so I would know how many she had done, and know how much to pay her. By the way it never occurred to her to do more than one a day. That was just because of her age, if I did the same today she would do all of them over and over every day to get more pay, lol. So you will have to chose how this will work best for your child.
Hanging behind the frame is 3 envelopes. One is for the churches donation plate, one is for savings, and one is to be spent or saved, which ever she chooses or wants. We tried to stick to 1 in church, 2 in savings and anything left went in her spend envelope. However their were weeks that she only earned 2 or 3 dollars. Those weeks we sat down and talked about why and how we were going to split it up. There were many great lessons and discussions during these weeks. Now she is using a different system that's adjusted for her maturity level, ie, more responsibility/chores and less daily routine since now she has those down. It comes as second nature to her now to make her bed, get dressed, brush hair and teeth, those kinds of things. I will talk about that a little later in a different post more in detail, we are still tweaking it a little and I now have added a responsibility chart for her little sister. 
On to the last part of my command center. 
6. (Sorry no close up pictures)
The last is just a simple magnetic, dry erase, cork board. This allows me to write notes, pin receipts even clip coupons that need to be used on it. This way I can see everything and nothing gets lost on the counter. 
 Like I said this is how I had it set up during the school year. I changed it recently in anticipation of summer. Its nice to have a change in the house to mark a change of seasons. This is what it looks like now. 
I will share these changes in my Summer Plan post. So check back soon. 
I hope this helps. Do you have a command center in your house? What do you have on it?

God Bless you and yours, 

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