I’ve confessed to you before that I am not the most organized person at this stage in life. Some days it feels like I’m spinning my wheels to no avail.
So…prior to the new year I decided I needed to make a change! I used this form (daily docket) to create a routine for the day. On the days that I have stuck to it, it has been revolutionary! I actually have an allotted time to empty the dishwasher each day. Hooray! I’m sure it will need to be tweaked as we go along, but for now this new routine has been very helpful.
I’m sharing this with you not so much for your benefit as to keep me accountable! If I tell you I’m doing this, well by golly, I better keep it up!
Get boy’s dressed
While Boys Eat Breakfast:
Empty the dishwasher
“Center” activities with boys: puzzles, blocks, etc.**
Start prep work for dinner while boys play independently
Individual playtime with Little Brother before his nap
Individual activity time with Big Brother (while LB sleeps)
Personal Bible Study
Outing (some days)
Pick up toys
Put boys down for naps
Daily cleaning (see below)
Finish Bible Study
Finish dinner prep
Clean up toys
Run dishwasher (whether it is full or not)***
Wipe down countertops and appliances
Exercise (30 Day Shred which I am officially starting today)
Quality time with Prince Charming
*I am NOT a morning person. I envy people who get up early and work out, do their Bible study, etc. I have tried, but I guess I don’t have enough self-discipline. When I was teaching, I got up at 7:30 and had to be at work by 8:00…good thing we only lived 5 minutes away! I just CAN’T seem to get motivated in the mornings. I would LOVE to get myself up and dressed (at least) BEFORE the boys wake up, but some days it is harder than others. That’s my goal though!
**I have put all of the puzzles and blocks out of the reach of the boys. The reason for this is because they don’t really play with them, they just dump them out! So…I have an allotted time where I can play with them using these fun toys.
***You might think it is wasteful to run the dishwasher even when it’s not empty. It is. However, unloading the dishwasher is one of my most loathed tasks. If I have an allotted time to empty it (during the boys’ breakfast), this makes it much less of hassle than trying to unload it in the middle of something else. This has been the single greatest implementation so far! And it is almost ALWAYS full by the end of the evening.
When we moved into this house in April, I was overwhelmed. And then Prince Charming was burned and I was even more overwhelmed. So I paid a dear friend who has known me since I was born to clean our house once a month. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that because it makes me feel inept as a wife/mother/housekeeper who can’t keep it all together. But the $85 I spent once a month was worth it for a short while.
My sweet friend just had double knee replacement surgery and will be out for a while. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to get myself together and figure out the best way to clean.
The nice thing about this schedule is that I have given myself a small task each day that shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes. And if for some reason something comes up and I can’t complete the task that day, I know I’ll get to it the next week.
Vacuum main floor and mop
Wash boys’ laundry and bedding
Clean the 2 upstairs bathrooms
Clean downstairs half-bath
Menu plan and grocery shop
Reorganize office and paperwork
I then use the cleaning list here (bottom of page) for the cleaning items that should be done once a month or a few times a year (washing windows, vacuuming under beds, etc).
Big Brother’s Chores
We are still using the FisherKids Responsibility Station that I reviewed a few months ago. It has been wonderful! Big Brother’s daily chores are to (1) pick up his toys before naptime and bedtime and (2) help make his bed each weekday morning. He receives a quarter each day for completing these tasks and can put it in one of 3 coin bags: Save It, Spend It, or Give It.
It’s going to be an absolutely crazy spring! Prince Charming and I have signed up for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and I am participating in 2 bible studies–Bible Study Fellowship and Beth Moore’s Esther Study at our church. I’m hoping this new routine will help me balance it all!
And because I’m trying to prioritize and make room for everything, I just thought I would let you know that you can expect about 3 new posts each week in addition to “Show-and-Share Saturday” and “A Lesson Learned” on Sunday. Since I started this blog back in July, I have averaged 1.3 posts each day! I honestly can’t keep up that pace and still keep my priorities in line.
Well, I’m off to vacuum and mop my floors…it is Monday, after all! :)