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An organized family

Posted October 3, 2010 1:17 p.m. EDT

Getting organized is no easy task, especially when you are a busy mom! Recently I put some time aside to get serious about keeping track of our family's schedule.

There are homework assignments, soccer games, early release days, wear red shirt days and all sorts of things that don't seem important on their own. Add them all up and you'll drive yourself mad. Someone has to keep track!

So I went shopping for the perfect three-ring binder and index tabs. I decided that for a few dollars I could save my sanity.

Each tab has a child's name attached to it. Additional tabs are for extracurricular activities and miscellaneous items. I bought a three-hole punch so I could put important paperwork inside.

Then I created a master calendar on my computer and filled it in with everything from gym days to project deadlines and field trips and put those in the binder. Any family member can pick the binder up and know what the day's schedule is. I created three months worth of calendars. And I wrote in pencil because no matter what -- when you have three children -- things are constantly changing!

It sounds overboard, right? I don't care. I thought for awhile I was going to lose my mind keeping track of which child needed gym shoes on Monday and which day I was responsible for soccer team snacks. Now, I feel a little more in control of my life.

It's a slice of heaven and I did it for under 15 bucks at an office supply store. To every other parent out there feeling overwhelmed: save yourself. Get organized any way you can. And if you have any good ideas please send them my way!

Aysu is the mom of three kids and assistant news director for WRAL-TV.