Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Springing into Spring: Organize Those Days
Yesterday, Heather talked about basic Organizational tips. Such as menu planning and baskets. I'd like to further this discussion by discussing Schedules. I know I have talked on this topic before, but I want to talk about it with Spring and Summer in mind. Recently, I made our family a Schedule. I finally came to realize that we really needed one. Yes, we had a routine, but it was a routine that had sort of fallen into place. If you know what I mean. It wasn't one that had been intentionally put together. Other than naptimes and bedtimes. I really like my new schedule. It has time's for things that I didn't know I had time for! However, one big issue-it has to be followed in order for it to work. No longer is it the days of "winging it." I have three children now and I have to be intentional in my days. No, I am not stifling myself, actually, it is more freeing! My Schedule looks like this: Schedule- Spring 2011 6:00 Mom and Dad up for devotions, shower and dressed (computer time) 7:00- Kid’s up-begin concept of personal devotions (Bible story tape, with Bible picture book), dressed 8:00 Breakfast and cleanup 9:00 Learning Time with Hannah and Nathan 11:00 Church Train (involves sitting quietly while I read, or we listen to a sermon) 12:00 Lunchtime 1:00 Outdoor Play/Exercise 2:00 Naptime/Quiet Time 4:00 Snack, Supper Prep, Exercise, Quick Cleanup 6:00 Suppertime, after which is shower time which daddy oversees while mom cleans up 7:00 PJ’s, Stories, Songs. (Thursday night is Family Fun Night, Tuesday is Movie night) 8:00 Bedtime for Kids Couple Time (Sunday night is Date night) 10:00 Lights out Ok. Now, we've been using this schedule for about a month now and there are some "tweaks" that need to be made. First off- that 11:00 Church training thing is having a hard time getting off the ground. Especially at that particular time! I may just knock that particular phrase off the schedule altogether and merely write in it's stead-Story Time. Currently, we're having a hard time getting all the prelim's taken care of by 9:00 in order to start Learning Time exactly at that time. I may move it up a little, say to 9:30 or so. We need to work on being more intentional about bedtime and create more of a solid bedtime routine that actually gets the kids in bed by 8:00, instead of 9:00 (ugh). This all being said... warmer weather is slowly creeping our way and even though I wrote this schedule in the very early springtime, I was gearing it more towards the mentality of fall and winter versus spring and summer. The basics are there, but I will be adapting it just a bit to accomodate more outdoorsy activities and perhaps some outing's to the park and zoo and such. One thing that I do now to organize my day is to have certain chores for specific days. This has helped me SO much. I don't feel like I have to accomplish everything in one day now, because I can see that I will be doing everything that needs doing, just on different days throughout the week. Priceless. And it keeps the house pretty clean in the process too. I have morning/Afternoon/evening chores and faithfully strive to accomplish those as well. Mike and I are working on organizing our evenings to accomodate extra activities, such as learning to play guitar, reading to each other, computer time, couple time, etc. You know, so we don't just get on the computer the moment the kids are in bed and sit there like zombies til we're so sleepy we head to our bed? (LOL) By organizing our days just a bit and having a space and time for those things that are important to us, I believe that our days will go much more smoothly and we'll be able to have some terrific and very fulfilling Spring and Summer days ahead. Happy Spring, y'all!