Family Home Evening File Organization

I am ashamed to say that for years, my Family Home Evening files have been stuffed aimlessly amongst my other files with barely any rhyme or reason.  Of course as Little Man has been growing up, I have been inspired to up my game!  I am really trying to make my Family Home Evenings more meaningful, so it was finally time to get organized.  

I took on this project like a teacher writing and organizing lesson plans!

I used colorful files because they just make me happy.  They are all alphabetized in this lovely little storage bin!

I decided that, rather than create tons of little stories and lessons, to create an entire "unit" on a topic (yep, here comes the teacher again!).  For example, I searched out all of the cute lessons, stories, and ideas on the topic of Easter.  I included them all in 1 huge, fat lesson plan.  This Easter unit could be used for an entire month's work of Family Home Evening's, so my time is definitely well spent.  This is usually my ongoing project each Sunday.  I'll be honest, I'm only on my third Family Home Evening unit.  But they are turning out fabulous!!  Plus I had lots of help from my fabulous Family Home Evening group!  I have offered some Family Home Evening ideas and downloads you can check out here.

Each lesson plan includes these things:

Also included in the units, I include ideas for older and younger children.  I want to be able to adapt for my kids as they get older, and still be able to stretch it for the wee ones!

In the mean time, I gather fun ideas, talks, games and organize them by topic until I create a unit for that topic.  I have a whole bunch of ideas collected over the years, just waiting to be put to good use!

Of course I had to create something cute to store all of this hard work!!  I just bought a storage bin at Wal-Mart, and mod-podged coordinating scrapbook paper and ribbon on all 4 sides and on the top.

I cut out the words on my trusty cricut.  I worried a bit about this tearing, so I covered the paper with another coat of mod-podge.  Don't you just love mod podge?!  

So now all of my ideas are at my finger tips. My husband just LOVES that he can just pull out a file folder and be ready to go!

Today's Giveaway Winners:

I never heard from one of the Simply Designing bracelet winners.  Sad day!  But happy day for Kim!!  I am so excited that you won!  

And Beetle is the winner of Creation Corner's incredible bib set giveaway.
Congrats, lovely ladies!  Just e-mail me at oopsey (dot) daisy (at) yahoo (dot) com with your e-mail and shipping addresses.  I will pass them along to the giveaway hosts.
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  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    You go, girl, with your organizing self! Sounds like family night should be a breeze now. Love your Mod Podging!

  2. Living on Love and Cents says

    I LOVE THIS ! Way to GO! Check out my blog if you would like- 🙂

  3. Living on Love and Cents says

    btw I already follow you blog via google 🙂 Love it!

  4. The Autocrat: Haley says

    Love the idea of jazzing up the file box. I just got one at GW for $2, guess I need to add some pazzaz to it!

  5. Great idea! I have the several boxes of file folders for FHE, but they are a mess. I'm totatally doing this, I already have a box like this.


  6. The Harris Family says

    What a great idea! I really need to organize our FHE files.

  7. How do you feel about letting slacker friends make copies of your hard FHE work? You did such a cute/thorough job.

  8. Yay, I just found out that I won the bib set giveaway! It must be my lucky day. I'll be in touch with you soon. Thanks! P.S. This is a great post about organizing. Very inspiring.

  9. Kim Sandling says

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the bracelet giveaway! I'm so excited I won!!!!! You are the best!

  10. Mod Podge Amy says

    This is too cute! Love how organized you are. I'm so jealous. 😀

  11. Wow!! I looove this idea! I will defenitely give this a try:)

  12. Such a cute box!

  13. Oh boy, do I ever need to copycat this idea. I have a cardboard filebox that is stuffed with FHE lesson files, sharing time files, and Primary music files. Visuals are floating in there, popping out of the folders. My box is in serious need of some order…thanks for the idea!

  14. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says

    I love how you decorated the box- it looks great.

  15. Can you come organize my Family Home Evening lessons? I thought I had them pretty organized, but nothing like this. I love your system. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

  16. Rachel Hanchett says

    Would you be willing to post your hard work so those of us how are just starting out can have something to pull from?

  17. Lindsay Fleming says

    I love your ideas, crafts, all of it. You are so creative. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  18. Hello I was trying to download some of your file ideas for FHE and was not able to find is there anyway you can tell me where to go or maybe email them to me. Thank you

  19. I was wondering where you got your Flannel Board Story and Game ideas. I don’t see any more than what the one example listed. Are your activities mostly from Fun-Stuf or do they vary as well? I’d love to see where you pull your activities from as well. Thank you for your time.

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