I was compensated for this post, but all opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
Organization is one of those topics that I love to tak about - it's the practical application that trips me up, time and again. But having the responsibility of the entire family on my shoulders means that, although I am not innately organized - I'd better find a way to get there REALLY soon.
I've tried the planners, the calendars, creating a family binder, using different colored markers for each family member - you name it, it's been attempted. Keeping a master schedule for 8 people is often a struggle. I've had some success recently with my iPhone and my Google calendar - but that is by no means a perfect scenario. I am constantly looking for this receipt or that one, tossing stray papers into labeled baskets, pinning things on my bulletin boards - but it's neverthe Gold star answer, by any means.
There's a new online tool that sounds as if it might be the answer to my struggles. Billed as the "Fast, easy way to organize your busy life" - About One works with many of the online tools I already use and streamlines everything. AboutOne is the only comprehensive online organizer that works with a customer’s existing calendar and contacts tools to quickly and easily store and manage multi-media memories (text, photos, videos, artwork) and household paperwork (health, education, possessions) in lifestreams, which is the way this information flows and is used in real life. AboutOne replaces tools that manage silos of information, providing a private, secure application to help organize home life.
In layman's terms, this is awesome. It integrates your calendars and creates an organizer with bank level security protection. It affords you the ability to file receipts (OH, thank you, organization Gods!) with the mobile app, and they then become part of your stream. You can even share pieces of your stream with your social media groups. In time, you'll be able to gift those streams of information to your children, and even create hardbound memory books.
Sounds like a winner to me.
This state of the art program is not available yet, but if you sign up now, you will be invited to the beta - and we all know how much fun beta testing can be!