Even the best system won’t work unless you use it. Flynn says beautiful, bright colors can help draw you to your organizational space, and successful homework projects and tests can be posted alongside your kids’ artwork for added inspiration.
Plan the space carefully based on your needs — do older kids need extra space for doing homework? Are you juggling lots of appointments and need to make your calendar the centerpiece? Novogratz suggests hanging up a family calendar and business calendar together so you can mark things on both, and kids can see when you’ll be busy with work commitments.
If scheduling is key, post pending items like permission slips and invitations in a prominent spot or keep them in an in-box that you’ll check regularly.