Prepared Parent: The Best Ways to Stay Organized

Family life can be so busy at times, as the person taking care of everyone else it’s important that you stay organized and are as prepared as you can possibly be for whatever life throws. Here are a few ways you can go about it. 

Set up an emergency savings account

No one ever knows what’s around the corner, life can be going great one minute and you can be struck by disaster the next.

While money isn’t the answer to every problem, there’s no doubt that having access to it can help. Maybe you need to take some time off work because you or one of your family members is ill or has had an accident. Maybe you get stranded on holiday and need to find a way back, or perhaps you need to replace an important appliance or car parts if they break down.

While insurances are great and having them can cover many costs, you often need money to pay things initially and then claim it back later from the insurance.

Maybe you’ve had an accident, the best personal injury attorney will claim  money back for you but you’ll need cash to survive in the mean time.So set up a rainy day fund, save some cash that’s only ever touched during a genuine emergency. 

Store important numbers in your phone

Something as simple as having numbers stored in your phone can be really helpful in a stressful situation. Any serious emergencies will of course just require a call to the emergency services, but there are other situations where you need to contact other places.

Things like children’s out of hours doctors, emergency vets, out of hours plumbers and even the gas board in case you smell gas are all worth storing in your phone. In a stressful situation it can save precious minutes on searching online. 

Hang a calendar with important events 

Family life can be incredibly busy, with each family member having their own lives, responsibilities and things to attend there’s always something going on.

To make this easier to manage, buy a large calendar and hang it on your kitchen wall. Fill it in and write down appointments and other dates so you can see at a glance exactly where you need to be in the days, weeks and months ahead.

You can plan and prepare, and don’t run the risk of missing important things. 

Menu plan

Feeding a family can be hard work, you need to make sure you’re staying within budget while preparing healthy and tasty meals that everyone will eat.

This is always going to be a struggle, but you can make it easier by getting organized. Plan what you’re going to eat ahead of time and create a shopping list based on this.

That way you know what you’re making when you get home after a long day, you have the right ingredients on hand and there’s no messing around. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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