Lately I’ve been trying to follow a basic schedule that looks pretty much like this:
4:00 am- Wake up, Shower, Dress, Teeth, Hair, Face, Med, H2O with Lemon (Give myself an hour to get started at times)
5:00 am- Read Bible and Prayer
5:45am/6:00 am- Wake up Tim and Kids. Have kids get dressed, make beds and brush teeth and hair.
6:30 am- Make breakfast, Set Table, Make Hubby’s Luch
7:00 am- Breakfast Time, See Husband out for work
7:30 am- Clean off Table, Floor, Counter/Stove, Dishes, Laundry, Garbage and Floor, Downstairs Swish n’ Swipe, Upstairs Swish n’ Swipe (Kid’s help with each chore)
8:30 am – Set up for Homeschooling.
9:00 am- Homeschooling Time: Bible Reading, Memory Verse, Phonics, Reading, Math, Writing
10:30 am- Break Time, Kid’s can play inside/outside. Clean up school stuff.
12:00 pm- Lunch
12:30 pm – Clean Table, Floor, Counter/Stove, Dishes, Laundry
1:00 pm – This can be a mixture of cleaning up something that is a Hot Spot or cleaning upstairs, Watching something, working on the blog, Playing outside more and/or playing with friends.
3:30/4:00 pm – Making sure downstairs looks clean, dinner is cooking, table set.
5:00 pm – Dinner
6:00 pm -Clean off table, clean floor, stove/counter, dishes
7:00 pm- Either Play Outside for a half an hour and/or read.
7:30 pm – Get ready for bed. Teeth, pajamas, and maybe one more story. Prayer.
8:00 pm – Schedule out what your doing next day, especially for school and afternoon time.
8:30 pm – Read or hang out with my husband.
9:00/10:00pm – Go to Bed!!! (9pm would be ideal but doesn’t usually happen)
Everyday doesn’t usually follow exactly in those times and ways, but most of the time it works. It is definitely an ideal schedule for Monday-Friday at this moment. I need to at least try to do something! I don’t think I could actually follow it exactly, all the time, in real life just because anything can happen in a day. Your kids may need something in particular. Your husband may change your plans. Things can go wrong. Children can have meltdowns, etc!
A sense of flexibility seems to be a must in the life of a mom.
Structure needs to be as well. Having some structure helps me meet needs that I may otherwise forget.
I am sad that I used to never ever have a schedule. I never fully wanted one but I am realizing it really helps my family and I function.
In saying that, I’m finding that as I have been mostly following the schedule above, my kids and I seem to have more time for us to do things together (or get to other things that have needed to get done that I have maybe put off to the side for one reason or another).
It’s amazing how when you do things everyday, how much easier it is to clean up the “next” day.
(If you need a good starting point I would say check out some Fly Lady ideas and adapt some of them to meet the needs of your own family. That was one of the things that has helped me (and is still helping me). The other thing that seems to help me issomeone motivating me to do it. (That was and still seems to be my husband. 🙂 ).
Since I have had time, I’ve
- hit my Hot Spots, like above and around my washer and dryer.
- I’ve cleaned areas I usually pass over.
- I’ve cleaned the downstairs closet where all our winter gear is!
- And eureka! I found snow suits to fit pretty much all my kids for our usually snowy winters! Yay!
That and gloves and hats and scarves, all ready to go! Well, some need washing, but most of them are good to go. 🙂
And now I can put all that in this closet, as well as all our boots! Praise God!
Other benefits to the schedule have been
- my family being in better moods,
- finding things,
- and just that awesome feeling of accomplishment I have missed most of my life!
I am constantly blessed when I actually finish what I start! It really brings my family together where we all can have some playtime and downtime!
People don’t realize how awesome hard work really blesses us and others sometimes, right? Are you with me?
What, I’m 27, and it’s taken me this long to figure this out!? Someone help me!
Oh, are you still there? 😉 How’s your schedule looking?
After all that cleaning I did today, especially in the closet, I had one more blessing added to my day. The kids started to pretend it was a spaceship! A spaceship that was bigger on the inside instead of the outside (yes, they may have watched one episode of a certain show, which I slightly regret). 🙂
Wow, what joy! It was fun to watch them and to think that the kids have another area they can play in and use their imaginations in that isn’t cluttered anymore.
That, all around, is what being a creator of the home is all about! Can I get an amen? lol
I have to do more things but have a great day today and God bless!
Be inspired today!