Needing more than the Messies Manual
My husband and I have 6 children ranging in age from 16 years down to 22 months. I am a class one disorganized person.
Do you know "The Messies Manual" by Sandra Felton? Tried that. Do you know Emilie Barnes and her "15 minute" series of books? Tried them. Do you know "FlyLady"? Trying her now (now means for the last 3 years) and I still haven't 'got it together'! I have set up Flippers, Schedules, Control Journals, Planners, Calendars ad nauseum. I am the only one who looks at them and I still can't do everything I put on them! Is it any wonder our eldest son (14 years and Aspergers Syndrome) rebels at the thought of following the planners I've made for him? My son resists my planning things because all the authors I have read or tried to follow have been American and he dislikes things American with a vengeance.
Menu planning is the only thing that sort of happens as I have to rotate foods due to intolerances and allergies of 2 of our children.
Add to that our involvement in Scouting (Venturers down to Joeys and I'm a Cub Leader aswell as a District Commissioner), music (1 singer and 2 violinists), husband working 3 part time jobs (electrical technician, TAFE teacher and Retained Fire Fighter) then our family committments at our church (music, singing, creche and various other things that crop up) I end up with my head spinning at times! I've also recently been diagnosed with BPPV (a balance condition causing chronic dizziness and nausea) just to add to our family chaos.
Our eldest daughter (16 years) started full time TAFE and part time work at the beginning of this year. She is also learning to drive and needs to get her required 120 hours (NSW driver) up before September so that also has to be tracked. Our vege garden is a disaster as I never seem to get around to working in it with the children, although it's previously been one of our most successful educational tools.
Then, there's the list of craft work we all would like to complete! I no longer live in fear of anyone finding out how bad my organizational skills are as my close friends are well aware. I dream of the day I can keep things tidy, the children will happily complete their allotted life skill tasks for the day, dinner will always be nutritious and on the table at the appropriate time and hubby and I will have 5 minutes to ourselves. I might one day even get around to putting our photos on disc so I can display them on the computer. One day.......