Ever since my kids became old enough to reason with and take some responsibility for their daily needs, I've been a big fan of schedules and orderly systems. In fact, I am such a fan of the orderly system, that I've racked up quite a collection of them in the past several years. I have populated many a Word document with cute clip art, laminated so many charts and signs it would make your head spin, and introduced my girls to such a variety of "ways things need to be done" you would think that running out the door to school five minutes late with one shoe on and half a pigtail in place would be a thing of the past.

Sadly, not so, until around September last year when we worked out THE system. Who knew that sitting and chatting with my girls and working out how we wanted to achieve things together each day as opposed to The Handing Down of the Decree of the Morning Routine would work such miracles?!

And so, working backwards from the time we needed to leave the house, we figured out all of the jobs that needed doing in the morning, allocated them an approximate (and rather generous) time frame each and figured out what was the latest time we needed to get up in order to achieve a calm and pleasant morning routine.

For the final term of the 2013 school year, we adhered as closely as possible to this scribbled on piece of paper with our daily schedule. And it really worked! So much so, that I have been averse until recently to mess with what is quite obviously the most workable orderly system ever created in the Klass household.

But I figured that so long as the system remained intact, it surely wouldn't hurt to pretty it up just a little bit, especially with the new year starting. And because life is a big ol' game and the morning routine is nothing more than a game within the game, I bring you the super fun game called "The Morning Routine of 3 Klassy Chicks"!

It’s primarily composed of elements from the Rise & Shine Pocket Cards, with a little help from some fun stamp sets like All in the Family and Mans' Best Friend. I had a fabulous time coming up with all the different little stations that my girls need to move through each morning to achieve their goal of a fuss free morning and all jobs completed.

Playing around with language, I was able to make the game more fun by replacing "Make Your Bed" with "Recreate Your Sleepy Haven" and some other cute descriptive substitutions. Following the arrows, they make their way around the game board until they get to the Finish Line (although nobody "wins" until we all do and all the jobs are taken care of), after which they get to rate their achievements at the "Today Was..." station and become mindful of how the day went and what they might be able to make changes to in order to have things run more smoothly the following days.

And what's a game without some game pieces? These gals were selected from amongst a vast array of Lego Friends characters to represent the small humans, and with Glue Dots adhering them to a little magnet each, they were ready to play!

We attached the game board to our fridge with a clear adhesive book cover. The girls were excited to have a turn at the new game.

I'd love to hear how you've used MDS to assist with your organization! Who knows, I may be on the hunt for another orderly system soon . . .

-Sarah Klass, My Digital Studio Design Team


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Tags: Design Team, Home Décor, Organization, Rise & Shine, Sarah Klass

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Comment by Eileen Imamura on January 16, 2014 at 4:00pm

I wish we had MDS when my children were small.  This looks like a great idea.

 

Comment by Ruth Norton on January 16, 2014 at 3:36pm

BEST. IDEA. EVER!  I'm making this today!!  Such a wonderful idea!!  Thank you so much for sharing!  Just what my kids need.  Perhaps I can modify one to assist in potty training my daughter too :) 

Comment by Paula Dobson on January 16, 2014 at 2:41pm

What a great idea to keep law and order in the house and making it fun.  Good on you Sarah!

Comment by Cori Kozak on January 16, 2014 at 7:40am

You are just too cute!  I will think of this the next time I yell at my boys to make their beds.  lol!  Seriously, this is such a fun idea and I love how your kids helped come up with your plan.  What a great idea to make it a magnetic board game and the colors and layout are wonderful!  :)

Comment by Mae Collins on January 16, 2014 at 4:59am

What an excellent and fun idea Sarah! Love it!

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