Welcome to my large family organization page. Here is a collection of my best posts on organizing and managing a large family.The best large family organization tips from the mom of 14 kids!

 

Welcome to my Large Family Organization page! As the mom to 14 children with 20 year so of marriage under my belt, I have had to come up with all kinds of tricks to keep us clean, fed, organized and educated. Here you will find a list of some of my most posts about organizing a large family.

Want to know a secret? *I* often check old blog posts of my own to get me back on track! If you have any great tips, feel free to share in the comments.

Freezer cooking, batch cooking, food prep…those are all lifesavers in a large family. Here are some great posts on how to prep meals for a large family: 

Freezer Cooking for Real Moms

Freezer Cooking the Easy Way

Filling the Freezer Before Surgery 

Large Family Meal Plans and Grocery Shopping

Large Family Freezer Cooking Hacks

My Favorite Things for Kitchen Organization

Watch me cut up 23 pounds of chuck roll in less than ten minutes. This is a huge money saver for us!

Large Family Organization:

I have been using this system to manage my children’s clothing for over a decade.  This has worked so well for us, I can grab any needed item in less than five minutes!

Six Steps to Managing Kids Clothes

How to shop at consignment stores

How to organize your digital photos

How to organize your homeschool year

How to organize LEGO…for real families

How to organize toys in a large family

Less is More When Managing a Large Family

How to Manage Laundry in a large Family: 

Large Family Laundry Hacks

Managing Lots of Kids in a Large Family:

How to Make Your Home Teen-Friendly

How to Make a College Survival Kit

How to Make a Sensory-Friendly Kit 

How to Create a Teen Period Survival Kit

How to Teach Your Kids to Clean the Kitchen

How to Host a DIY Family Camp

 

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6 Responses

  1. I love it.i am the mother of 8 between 4 and 15.four biologiacal and four adopted but all mine.i don’t think a lot of people relize how easy it is to fall hopelessly in love with these babies

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you for sharing. I’d say its nearly impossible NOT to fall in love with a baby!

  2. I am a mother of 7 kids and am in the process of adopting a sibling group of 4 kids. They are sweet and wonderful and young. My oldest is 16 and my youngest is 3. Do you have any more tricks of tips for organizing this many people?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I honestly believe the biggest thing is to have a PLAN, whatever that plan is. Being spontaneous with a large family can be chaotic. Streamline wherever you can in your home and schedule.

  3. Help! I have 3 grown bio children that no longer live at home. My husband and I started fostering 4 years ago and we are now in the process of adopting 6. Two sibling groups and a spare in the middle. The ages are 9 months, 1, 2, 3,4 and seven years old. Chaos would be an understatement. How do we make sure each child gets the attention they need. My husband travels during the week. Luckily my mom comes over almost every day for two hours. During that time I shower or do laundry or run errands.
    I feel like I can’t take one with me so I don’t hurt the others feelings. What is the best way to handle this? And any survival tips will be appreciated. 🙂

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Honestly, when my kids were 1,2,3 and 4, I didn’t worry about individual time. 50 years ago, 100 years ago, parents didn’t worry about this. When my kids were those ages, we spent all day every day together. We had PLENTY of togetherness! I did try to make sure I looked my children in the eyes, and smiled at them (you’d be amazed what this does on a stressful day). Read books together, have them in the kitchen with you (yes, I know this slows you down), have them “help” with laundry…When my kids were those ages they followed me around the house no matter what I was doing.

      We do make a point of taking children out alone when running errands. With five kids you can’t make things “fair” all the time, and frankly, I don’t think that’s healthy anyway. Rotate through taking each child on errands, at least for the ones who are old enough to notice. Remind them they each have a time to go out with you. Write it on the calendar so you can remind them…better yet, take a pic on your cell phone so you can show them, “Last week you went to Target with Mama” etc.

      And most of all, just hang on and try to enjoy the ride!

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