Becoming Organised : How To Create A ‘Family Wall’
I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to knowing what’s going on. I am also slightly OCD in the organisation department. I love to rearrange things and organise everything. I truly am at my happiest when I am organising things, whether that be at home, or events, or just life in general.
As the children are getting older, they are becoming harder to manage and organise. There are clubs, parties, appointments to attend. They are also getting to the age now where they can help with chores around the house and instead of me nagging at them all the time, we thought it would be better to have it all in one place so everyone knew exactly what was going on, when it was going on, and what was expected of them.
There are many great ideas floating around Pinterest. Many are referred to as a ‘Family Command Centre’, which seems a bit military like to me, so I have simply called ours the ‘Family Wall’.
It is based within our Kitchen as even though it is the smallest room in the house, it is where we all venture too and it is easily seen and read by everyone in the family.
Here is how I created our ‘Family Wall’.
First things first – I knew that I wanted a Chalkboard. Somewhere to jot down things, but easy to wipe off. I could have gone for a whiteboard, but I love the chalk look.
I couldn’t find any chalkboard that I liked, and they were all pretty pricey. I then remembered that I had an old corkboard in the garage. I dug it out and brushed it off. I bought a tin of Magnetic Chalkboard Paint, which cost about £15. I gathered that I could use it for other projects too (I have a few up my sleeve!). I also bought a Tester Pot of bright Pink paint to paint the frame with, just to brighten it up.
It really was as simple as that. The Magnetic Chalkboard Paint needed a few layers, and it’s not that magnetic on the cork, but it works for writing on, which was my main objective anyway.
Next up were the Chore Charts! I had some Scrapbook software which I reviewed a few years ago which I still turn to. It was really handy to make the children their own personalised Chore Charts. I decided to leave the charts blank and just put them in a frame. The frame is easy to write on with a dry wipe marker. It is also easy to wipe off, so the chores can change easily without me having to re-do the chart all the time.
What ‘Family Wall’ is complete without a Calendar? A Calendar is a MUST for any family to keep organised. I found this calendar on Etsy. All I had to do was give the details of the names that I wanted on the calendar. It was then sent to me in a PDF format. It comes in a Poster size of 16 x 20 inch, and I got this printed off online and sent to me.
I bought a large frame for the calendar, again so it is easy to write on with a dry wipe marker and then rub off each month. It also comes with a notes section to jot down bits and pieces. I have put the continuous weekly clubs here – like Kyla’s Stagecoach and Choir Practice and Jake’s Tennis Lessons.
Paul was in charge of putting the nails in the wall in order to hang the Chore Charts, Chalkboard and Calendar. He has a much straighter eye than me, and to be honest, I’m a bit pants when it comes to using a hammer! I decided on how I would like the wall to look, and Paul got to work putting it all together!
I did, however, manage to put up a bit of bunting!
And there it is! The finished ‘Family Wall’.
We have been using this wall for a few months now. It’s taking a bit of getting used to. The children are still trying to ignore their Chore Charts, but it’s good to have that reminder there for them. I also laminated a set of family rules that we are all trying to stick by!
I really hope that this wall helps all of us….. and maybe it’ll give you a little inspiration to organise your own ‘Family Wall’.