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Organize your Schedule

Being a WAHM is super busy!  Sometimes I feel like I don’t have any free time to myself.  Mostly, though, I can end up feeling like I am constantly juggling to keep it all going.  All it takes is one sick child and I’ve dropped the ball.

But the worst feeling is the big G….GUILT.  Guilt for spreading myself too thin.  Guilt for telling my kids ‘just a minute’ over and over.  Guilt for not having a healthy dinner on the table every night.  Guilt for not having the house perfectly clean. 

What has worked for me is taking time every 3 months and evaluating my time and priorities.

So, first I make a list of my top 5 – 7 priorities. 

I identify what is important to me and what/who I want to spend my time on.  This might include cutting out a few things for this season.

Next I evaluate my commitments

Write down ALL activities, work, school, hobbies, kids, family, house, projects, etc.  You get the idea.

 

Third I evaluate my time.

How do I spend my day?  From the time I wake up until I go to sleep.  What do I spend my time doing?

Finally, I write it down.

Get a calendar that will work for you.   

Here is what I like to use ….

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Mine is an 8 x 11 but you can find them smaller if you need. 

I have this one that I put everything in and we have one hanging in the kitchen too.

I color code blocks of time on the monthly calendar according to my priorities, commitments and time.

For me, it breaks down like this:

Green = work time

Blue = kids/family time

Pink = date night

Other ideas are…exercise, errands, house cleaning, etc….

This is what it looks like in my calendar.

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My calendar also has weekly pages after the month and this is where I fill in the details and tasks that need to get done.

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At this stage in my life, the kids keep me pretty busy so I have to decide to let house work go a lot and be ok with that.  It was different when they were little and we were home more.

I like to call our house ‘lived in’.  It’s not perfect and it’s not a total wreck either because we ALL help out, but you get the idea.  There are just so many hours in the day and I choose to spend my time investing in my kids, hubby and job. 

I was at a seminar once where the speaker taught the power of focus with our time.  It is so true and I find color blocking my priorities (kids, husband + work) it helps me focus and enjoy what I am doing at that time! 

It takes practice and effort BUT the pay off is awesome! 

How do you organize your schedule?  Is it similar to mine? 

Try it and leave a comment to let me know what you love about it!

claire

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House Cleaning 101: Schedule

Welcome back to my ‘cleaning girl confessions’ part 4: schedule!

In case you missed the other 3…here ya go.

Routine

Tools

Products

I get asked a lot what my cleaning schedule looks like.  Well…if you remember, I confessed HERE my feelings about cleaning.  So the answer, for me, is whatever is easiest, fastest and works with my family at the time.

To be a little clearer, there are 2 different schedules I have used.  Both have worked for me and my family at different times.

The first cleaning schedule I have used was when my boys were little.  This worked well for me because I was at home a lot.  Especially when my 2nd son was born because he was sick all the time his first year.  I don’t think we went anywhere!  lol

It looked like this:

 

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*Of course there was the CONSTANT pick up of toys and stuff.  Not to mention the dishes.

The next schedule I started using when the boys were school age and old enough to help and I still use it today.

I made a daily list of chores for myself and for the boys.  At this stage in life, I find that I do NOT have large blocks of time to clean.  So I needed to adjust in order to stay on {semi} on top of the house and sane.

It looks like this:

Daily {mom}:  Dishes, Laundry, wipe down shower  & general pick up

The boys load the dishes each night and I unload each morning.  I put in one load of laundry in the morning and usually sometime that evening I finish it.

Daily {boys}:  Dishes, Bathroom, Garbage, Dinner,  Sweep & Vacuum

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The boys rotate on these jobs.  They each have 2 for the week and then switch.  This keeps it ‘fair’ and gives them an opportunity to learn them all. 

This works super well for us to at least keep the household running semi-smoothly.  Sometimes ‘daily’ just does not happen.  That’s ok.  We still know what our job is for the next day.

To keep our bedrooms fairly clean, each boy has a laundry hamper in their closet for dirty clothes, a garbage can (very important for teenage boys) and my youngest has toy bins for easy pick up.  Deeper cleaning like dusting and vacuuming get done when we have time and I ask them to do it. 

I really don’t have a schedule for dusting, windows & other jobs.  Honestly, I take care of those randomly when I have time.  Over the years I have had to let go my idealistic view of how my house should look.  It brought on too much guilt!  It just does not work for our family at this life stage.

This concludes the 4 part series of House Cleaning 101.  What part did you like best? 

I would LOVE to hear about your schedule in the comments below! 

Happy Cleaning,

Claire