Some readers have teased me about my systems.
Labelers, dots on my fancy knives, saving my ice skates, stuff I tell myself so I calm down, the checkout task list … But any time I write about one of my systems, a few brave ones of you will mention systems of your own. (Clearly I’m not the only one that codifies, checklists, and organizes her way into a semblance of sanity.) We’ve even had some wonderful guest posts where you’ve shared how you’ve organized and systematized you way through some pretty classic host family challenges. So, I’d like to introduce a new kind of semi-open thread:
Share Your System!
Here’s the plan:
- Whenever I open up a Share Your System page, you all can add a longish comment about one of your systems.
- After about 5 different contributions, we’ll close the page.
- Then, I’ll reblog the systems as individual posts from you. (That will make it easier to search and find the tips later.)
- If you share a system, when it goes up you can revise what you commented and add pictures, to flesh it out into a fully-formed guest post.
Let’s see how this works?!
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Note: You detail-oriented readers might note that the title of this feature is different from when the post first went up.
Turns out that “What’s Your System” is the name of an entire Tumblr, not to mention a hashtag, now subsumed under the the Tue/night blog. To avoid stomping on their territory I revised the tag we’ll use here on AuPairMom. Go check out their interesting ‘What’s Your System’ column, where interesting people share their personal tips for doing all manner of things. And know that our emphasis here is on us sharing host parent-y things with each other. No change there.