It’s March and that can only mean two things. First, it’s officially spring cleaning time. Second (and decidedly more fun), Spring Break is coming!
Whether the idea of cleaning, sprucing and organizing fills you with glee or with dread – I’ve got two awesome offerings today to help you get it done quickly AND to enjoy all the extra free time with the kids.
First on the list, MJ is here with a free “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life” printable: our 4 week Spring Clean Challenge!
It’s a great reminder of all the cleaning and organizing tasks that are a good idea to tackle once every 3 months or so. And the layout will help you to get it all done without getting overwhelmed.
Just pick a 4 week period and start! (See below for full details.)
Second, we’re offering a new, limited time, “Save Your Spring” Bundle on our most popular PDF products – get $6 off when you buy them together!
Three of our most popular products, each at 25% off:
- The Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life 2015 Printables Pack PDF – 38 PDF pages in all
- The Camp Mom Activities Pack PDF – An 84 page PDF perfect for keeping the kids busy over spring and summer breaks
- The Kids Responsibilities & Money Management Pack PDF – routine charts, chore charts, allowance ledgers and more!
Bought separately, these PDFs would be $23.97 but for a limited time you can get them all for only $17.97.
These kits are just what you need to finally get organized and have some fun this spring!
Our 2015 daily/weekly/monthly planners, cleaning schedules, meal planners, kids’ routine charts, budgeting sheets and more are all designed with you in mind.
They’ll help both you and your kids get organized and even introduce the kiddos to important money management concepts including saving, budgeting, and giving back.
We know how busy you are. The goal of all of these printables is not to have to learn a whole new system but simply to help you streamline your everyday tasks. If we can do it with some cheerful colors and pretty fonts – then that’s just icing on the cake.
All that and with the Camp Mom Activities Pack you’ll already have your Spring Break activities with the kids planned too!
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In case you’re not familiar with the Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life products, here’s a little more on each of them. (You might want to bet comfortable – this bundle contains A TON of great stuff!)
First up is part 1 of the “Save Your Spring” bundle and our most popular product…
The Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life printables
When we launched our handbook to leading a more simplified life, Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life: The Quick Start Guide. It was a huge success and we’ve since sold well over 10,000 copies.
But I also heard from you guys that you would like some handy-dandy printables to go along with your newly-formed action plans. So last year I worked really hard to make that wish a reality.
And now, I’m happy to announce, the 2015 printables are here!
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Inside our 38 page printables pack, you’ll find everything you need to manage every aspect of your day-to-day life from cleaning and meal-planning, to scheduling and that never ending to-do list.
There’s something for everyone here including two different cleaning systems (are you more of a checklist person or a calendar cleaner?) as well as all the printables in both an 8.5″ x 11″ size AND a 5.5″ x 8.5” size.
So whether you’re looking to create a home management binder, want to use these in your personal planner you carry around in your bag, or just want a meal plan/to-do list/cleaning chart to stick on the fridge – we’ve got you covered!
There are tons of options in this 38 page printable pack – use them all or pick and choose exactly what you need. There’s even a suggested daily cleaning checklist, weekly cleaning schedule, and master cleaning list included.
Here’s a look at everything you’ll get:
A Daily Checklist
A simple one page form that breaks your day up into easily manageable chunks. There are check-off boxes (for that sense of satisfaction when you complete a task) as well as designated areas for the day’s menu ideas and appointments. This one is a great candidate for laminating and using over and over with a fine-tip dry erase marker.
Your Week at a Glance
Conveniently spread across two vertical pages, this gives you a spot to record all of your appointments for the week along with any special reminders you need to leave for yourself in the “notes” section. There are also spots for your dinner plans and cleaning objectives for each day. It’s everything you want to accomplish in your week all in one spot.
Weekly Meal Plan Worksheet
Designed to help you quickly and efficiently get your weekly meal planning done. Includes sections for all 7 days of the week as well as areas for breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas so nothing gets overlooked. Keep it in your planner or stick it on the fridge for a visual reminder each morning of what needs to be prepped for that night’s dinner.
Two Types of Weekly Cleaning Worksheets
In the Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life eBook, we cover two different types of cleaning systems for two different types of people: the cleaning schedule vs. the cleaning checklist. In this printable pack, we’ve provided both so you can try each out and see which suits you best.
Weekly Cleaning Schedule Template
Much like the Weekly Meal Planning Worksheet, the cleaning schedule visually lays out everything you need to accomplish for the week to keep your house looking good. Assign one major task or room of your house to each day of the week and complete with your daily and infrequent tasks (drawn from the master cleaning checklist).
Weekly Cleaning Checklist Template
While still including sections for daily and infrequent tasks, this option breaks down all of the cleaning tasks for the week into those that will take 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 – 60 minutes, or 1 hour or more. The idea being that whenever you find yourself with a little time to clean, you can quickly check the list for what hasn’t been done yet that week and get to work.
*Printing Note: Since you won’t need both the “Weekly Cleaning” worksheet and the “Weekly Cleaning Checklist” – the intention is to choose one or the other and this must be done for double-sided printing to turn out correctly. When printing, in the pages box, either enter “1 – 6, 8 – 38″ OR“1 – 5, 7 – 38″.
Filled-In Weekly Cleaning Schedule & Checklist
Along with the blank worksheets, you’ll also get versions of both the Weekly Cleaning Schedule and Checklist filled-in with suggested chores for each section.
12 Months of Pre-Dated Calendar Pages
Along with squaring away your everyday and your week, it’s always helpful to get a look at your month as well so we’ve included pre-dated calendars for each month in 2015. Like the weekly calendar, these are spread out over two vertical pages (no turning to view required).
Master Cleaning List
Finally, to be kept as a reference in the back of your planner, we’ve included a Master Cleaning List with columns to categorize chores into “daily”, “weekly”, “bi-weekly”, “monthly”, “quarterly” and “semi-annual” tasks.
Filled-In Master Cleaning List
Just like with the Weekly Cleaning Schedule and the Weekly Cleaning Checklist, you’ll also receive a suggested list of chores for each of the categories mentioned above along with the blank template.
Remember, when you purchase the printables pack, you will receive all 38 pages (including the cheerful cover) in BOTH the 8.5″ x 11″ and the 5.5″ x 8.5″ sizes, all for one low price!
You can print the pages to be used individually. Or you can choose the duplex/double-sided printing option on your printer (or at a local printing store) and pop everything into a binder or small personal planner – see note below on double-sided printing.
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Next is part 2 of the The “Save Your Spring” Bundle Sale, the Camp Mom Activities Pack…
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What’s on your spring break and summer vacation bucket lists this year? How about the simple goal of entertaining the kids with some good ‘ol fashion at-home fun? Sounds like a good plan, right?
But scouring the web to find activities to fill the days just takes way too long. If you’re like me, you need simple ideas that will be successful for all of the kids – and lots of them.
Activities that will allow for bonding time, but also independent play, and that will keep the kids happy and their brains stimulated all spring and summer long.
That’s where the Camp Mom: Summer Activities Pack comes in. It’s an 86 page PDF I cooked up with a group of the best playtime bloggers around.
Basically, it’s the best early education minds I know, all putting together our best stuff to provide you with all the tools you’ll need to guarantee a great spring and summer:
- Printable planning pages (art supply prep list, Summer Bucket List template, etc.)
- Four themes with over 45 Simple and FUN activity ideas that are open-ended and perfect for kids aged 2 – 9 plus tons of bonus ideas.
- Adventure ideas and tips – you can have adventures without leaving your backyard or use the ideas to get out and explore your community.
- Tips for success: managing sibling conflict, what to do with the toddler, how to enjoy a museum with your kids, and etc.
- Reading recommendations to go with each of the 4 themes.
It’s really going to help you make the most of the precious time you have this spring and summer. Plus, the activities are open-ended so they’re great for a wide range of ages.
Here’s a peek inside:
Included in your 86 page Summer Activities Pack, you’ll find:
3 Comprehensive Theme Weeks
Each including playtime activities, ideas for getting out of the house, and reading lists:
- Water: Splash and Play
- Art: The Earth Without art is just “Eh”
- Nature: Explorers in Your Own Back Yard
- Bucket List – Make sure you don’t miss something you REALLY want to do.
- Summer Routine Sheet – Combine your tasks and the kids activities.
- Theme Adventure and Activity Planner – You won’t forget what supplies you need.
- Summer Survival Sheet – Keep your most important data in one spot.
PLUS – Sensory Play Any Day theme with a printable list of ideas you can refer to any time you need an activity QUICK that will engage the kids and keep everyone happy. The Sensory Play section also includes links to loads of sensory activities that rank as favorites with our kids.
In total the pack contains 45 detailed play activities as well as TONS more ideas and resources.
Along with the planning printables, activity instructions, adventure ideas, and reading lists – we’ve also included bonus sections to ensure your summer runs smoothly. Topics include:
- How to Plan for a Mindful Summer
- How to Keep the Peace Between Siblings
- How to Put Together a Basic Summer Art Kit (Plus 20 more art ideas using just those basics)
- How to Get the Most Out of Museum Field Trips and How to Discuss Art with Kids
- Kitchen Sensory Fun
- And more!
It’s basically what you’d get if you asked all of your favorite teachers, babysitters, and supermoms to make a summer curriculum just for you.
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And finally part 3 of The “Save Your Spring” Bundle Sale, our Kids’ Responsibilities & Money Management Printables Pack…
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What would you say if I told you that my 4 and 5 year old get up, get dressed, and even make breakfast on their own every morning – and have been doing so for over a year? Or that they already have a strong grasp on the concepts of earning, saving, budgeting and even giving money?
So what’s my trick? In two simple words: START EARLY!!
It’s all about empowering our kids from the beginning. We’ve made it a point in our family to help our kids learn autonomy early. We are firm believers that:
It’s not what you do for your children, but what you teach them to do for themselves, that’s most important.
I’m SO excited to unveil a whole new printables pack that will help you give your kids the gifts of autonomy, family contribution, money smarts, and a giving heart.
- Morning Routine Checklist (2 versions – one with graphics for pre-readers and one with blanks to be filled out to fit your routine)
- Evening Routine Checklist (2 versions – one with graphics for pre-readers and one with blanks to be filled out to fit your routine)
- Family Jobs Worksheet
- Money Jobs Worksheet
- Spend, Save and Share Ledger
- Savings Visual Goal Sheet
- Printable “Spend”, “Save” and “Share” labels for DIY Banks
I wanted to make sure this printables pack was extremely flexible and could be used by family‘s practicing all types of chore and responsibility systems in the home.
So we designed it to be used in a variety of ways. Take each kid to buy a special binder and fill it with some colorful stickers to make their own personalized Responsibility & Money Management Book or laminate the sheets and stick them up around the house, on the fridge or the mirror of the kids’ bathroom.
Here’s how it works…
First up are our Morning and Evening Routine Checklists. These are key for establishing great self-care habits with kids! Both have the activity to be checked off along the vertical column and the day of the week across the top.
For younger kids (especially pre-readers and emergent readers who like to practice), there is a version with colorful graphics and simple labels for each task.
Since each family’s routines are different, we’ve also included versions of each routine checklist with blanks that you can fill in. Sitting down with your kids and deciding on the order of morning and evening tasks together is a great way to get them invested in, and excited about, the process!
If you’re new to a morning and evening routine, my recommendation is to work on the tasks together in the beginning. As you and your child complete items together, make a big deal about marking it off with a sticker!
You can also make these sheets reusable by laminating them and marking each task off with a dry-erase marker. In the past, we’ve also put them on the fridge and used small round magnets, which we slide onto the appropriate circle for the day.
Once kids get in the habit of marking off their accomplishments, you can begin to encourage them to do some things on their own. It will give them a sense of pride to show you what they can do independently. Plus, kids absolutely LOVE IT when they’re allowed access to the sticker pile to check things off all by themselves.
Keep working on transitioning tasks from things you do together to things they do on their own.
You can help your kids succeed by making things in their environment as accessible as possible. For example, keep their clothes in easy to access drawers instead of hanging high in closets. If you want them to work on making their own breakfast in the morning, create a shelf low in the refrigerator with yogurt cups, berries, pre-sliced fruit, pre-filled milk cups, etc. Also, keep their bowls and plates in a low drawer that they can reach instead of in upper cabinets.
Getting kids to take on a few personal responsibilities is a great lead-in to having them take on some family responsibilities.
All families handle chores and allowance differently, and we’ve designed the printables kit to be flexible for that. Don’t do allowance in your house? No problem, just skip the Money Jobs sheet.
In our house we have a list of family jobs as well as a list of extra money jobs.
Since our children are young and, therefore, have different abilities, their family jobs sheets are customized to each of them. A few of the jobs are the same (putting clothes in the hamper, clearing your plate, etc.) and some are different (sorting the socks for little sister and folding clothes for big brother).
We’ve left the spots on these sheets empty so that you can once again sit down with your child anddecide together what their family jobs should be. This will really drive home the idea that the family works together and everyone in the family needs to contribute. It will also give your child a sense of ownership of his or her tasks.
Along with the family jobs that each child completes to help out the family, we also have a list of money jobs. These are extra chores that the kids can choose to do in order to earn some money.
Why do we want our young children to have their own money? Because it’s a great tool for teaching them important life skills like saving, budgeting, and giving. It also helps to teach them the value of money in a very real-world, hands-on way.
Again, you can approach money jobs in a variety of ways. The worksheet contains a spot for the job as well as a spot for it’s value (watering the plants earns our kids less than weeding and raking leaves).Each child can have their own Money Jobs sheet or they can all work off one common list.
Once the kids are earning some money, they need somewhere to put it!
Enter our printable labels for making your own Spend, Save & Share Banks. You can upcycle lots of things to create your banks – we like using glass or clear plastic drink bottles. Print the labels on cardstock and use decorative twine or yarn to tie them on or print on a piece of adhesive paper and stick the labels directly to the bottles. Helpful Hint: Let the kids decide what they want to use to make their banks and spend some time together cutting out the labels and decorating each one.
The idea behind these banks is to teach kids that all money isn’t for spending. It’s also important to put some aside for saving and for giving back. Letting your child pick what she wants to save for and a charitable cause he wants to give to is yet another way to get them excited about this process.
To give you an example of how we’re currently using these banks – the Spend Bank has been used for small purchases such as a $.99 app or an ice cream from the neighborhood ice cream truck.
It’s also being used to save up for a $20 LEGO set. The Save Bank is money that will be contributed towards a family trip to Disney Land and the Share Bank will be used to buy some school supplies for local foster kids.
Another tool in the kit that the kids use along with their banks, is the Save, Spend and Share Ledger. We fill it out together and the notes section is another way of showing them how their money is accumulating as well as where it’s going.
So when my son wonders why it’s taking so long to save up for that LEGO set, he can see that it’s because he keeps buying ice cream!
The Savings Goal Sheet is another easy way for the kids to visualize how their savings is going. Simply pick an item the kids want to save for and fill it in at the top. Then write the total amount they need to save in the top space and fill in the incremental amounts they’ll need to save enough.
Every once in a while, get the kids to empty out their bank and color in the chart to see how much progress they’ve made.
Helpful Hint: The banks and goal sheets can be awesome catalysts for getting the kids to work together and share. Once my 4 and 5 year old saw how long it was going to take for big brother to save for the LEGO set, little sister decided they should pool their money since she’d likely want to play with it too. Similarly, my friend’s daughter recently used some of her “Share” money to buy her little brother an ice cream cone when he didn’t have enough money of his own.
That’s it! Everything you need to start raising some happy, self-sufficient, money-smart and generous kiddos!
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Last but not least, don’t forget your:
Free 4 Week Spring Cleaning Challenge Calendar
Here’s MJ with the PDF and the details…
Spring is quickly approaching, and I’m so ready for it! Ready for all of it . . . except the cleaning. Every year it seems that spring cleaning sneaks up on me. How is that possible? My fingerprinted windows and splattered oven should be clear hints that it’s time to get a move on.
Perhaps it’s that I try to do these big cleaning projects all at once and all in one weekend that makes me dread spring cleaning. Putting off these bigger tasks and trying to get them all done at the same time feels overwhelming! This year I’m trying something new.
I’ve decided to break these tasks out over a series of weeks to make sure that I get to each task and to make it all seem more approachable.
Putting the spring cleaning calendar in front of me, I can check off tasks as I complete them and feel a sense of accomplishment. It also gives me time to gather the necessary supplies and potential helpers (!) that I need to get it all done.
I can post this calendar by our family schedule so that everyone knows that needs to be accomplished. And we can also add our smaller weekly cleaning jobs to this calendar, too, on the off days from spring cleaning.
This is the year the house gets clean, top to bottom. I’m checking it off my list! A clear to do list sounds like the best way to start off spring.