Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Help me get organized!

Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Ironing Day
Wednesday: Sewing Day
Thursday: Market Day
Friday: Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day

I'm sure you've all seen this little poem before.
Although my Grandma used to follow it very regularly, I've never
had any kind of a schedule...not for chores

and certainly not for babies. Although I'm a "flexible" person, I've
come to realize lately, it really could be categorized as one of my faults.
I'm a person who could use a little more scheduling.

That's where my blog comes in handy. What works around your house?
You that are more schedule-oriented, do you follow the schedule ALL the time? Although
I'd like to hear from anyone, I'd especially like to hear from those of you with kids.
Do you find a schedule works, or is it out of the question with kids?
I'm in a desperate attempt to get my life AND house a little
more organized! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Kelly S said...

Sorry, I sure don't have any tips on that one but sure could use some! I'll be anxiously watching to see what others have to say.

Angie Davis said...

Um, around here EVERY day is wash day and ironing day and cleaning day. :( I'm a fan of flylady.net for cleaning/organizing tips. I just start with beds and go from there. If I don't wash at least two loads of laundry every day, I get behind.

maryellenhuff said...

Hi! We don't know each other, I see your name on Aimee's blog and I enjoy looking at other Christian Mom's blogs - we probably know a lot of the same people (I live in Hobe Sound) even if we don't know each other. I'm a busy Mom of four, oldest just turned nine, youngest just turned two so I'm with you on this one. I find being organized does help a lot - while my days do not always go exactly as planned I do schedule my kids for eating, naps, etc. and I've found that helps me tremendously in planning my day. Then I always know what hours I'll have "free" (free to work) if nothing else. I also try to have a general idea in my head of what I want to get done that day and try to get the things that HAVE to be done first and then do the things I would just like to get done next. I also love using baby gates and playpens so that I can get things accomplished while knowing where the little ones are - and it saves me hours of not checking and cleaning up after them! Adorable kids you've got. Don't worry too much, before we know it they'll be old enough to help us and then our homes will be spotless. "-)

Linda said...

As posted above, www.flylady.net.

It has been my biggest help. Since Michael is not here, I don't think I would have made it this far without her organizational advise and encouragement!

PS It is FREE!!

Melanie said...

You don't know me, but I found your blog one day and have been checking it out occasionally. I was a teacher before being a stay at home mom. For me I find schedules and consistency work best for kids. They need to know what to expect. I am also very organized and find it is also easier on me. At the same time, I make sure to remember that the kids are only kids for a little while and sometimes you just have to be flexible and go with whatever happens. Someday they will be grown up and gone and our houses will be clean and probably much too quiet.

esther said...

we usually follow that pattern, with the baking and cleaning, but the rest happen whenever we find time!!

David and Sarah Fry said...

Ditto on the flylady thing. Her system has grown with me for about 5 or 6 years. I have a control journal, but from that I developed a one-page schedule that has my whole week on it. I highlight it as I get things done. You can go to our website to download a blank form and ideas if you want to try it. (www.fryfamilyministries.com -on the "Home Sweet Home" page.)

It's a to-do list for each day. It helps me SO much to have everything for each day of the week written out so I don't have to keep it all in my already-cluttered brain. Then I am free to move things around and be flexible, because it's all right there.

I think one of the hardest things for me is accepting the fact that homemaking is a full-time job. Because homemaking is down-played, it's easy for me to expect myself to do that in about 5 minutes a day and then be able to go out and save the world. Craziness. When I get behind (as if that ever happens-ha), it's easy to feel like I'm the only one with a crunchy floor and a mile-high laundry table. It makes me feel SO much better when I hear that other hardworking, with-it moms struggle too. You're a pretty cool mom. You've made me feel better today that my house looks like a moving war zone today.

As flylady says, "You're not behind! Just jump in where you are." She has changed my life.

Aaron & Lanee said...

I agree with Sarah. I try to make a list, if not for the week, each day of the things I want to accomplish that day (week). And if by chance something doesn't get done that day (happens every day) I just move to the next. My sister-in-law joked once that every time she comes to my house she sees lists everywhere. I am really good a making lists, just following them that gets me. :) LOL!

Philip said...

Nancy, I use the schedule (with the adjustments necessary to my families unique characteristics) given on largefamilylogistics.net and I also follow their blog at http://largefamilylogistics.lifewithchrist.org This has helped me stay on top of housework while still having time for training my children. I do wish though that I had a person who would be willing to do my laundry for me. That would give me hours of extra time! I'm not exactly sure what I'll do when the boys are no longer taking afternoon naps because that's when I get the most done. Perhaps by then they will be doing more around the house. Allan is responsible for folding all of the washcloths, making his bed, putting his dirty clothes in the hamper, putting his toys in the toy basket and that really does cut down on my work considerably. As some others have said, children don't stay small for long and I do make sure they are my priority - not my house. That can be hard when I compare myself to my grandmother who dusted the top of her refrigerator every week! Yikes! I never understood it because she was only 5 feet tall and grandpa only an inch or two taller. Anyhow, I just try to keep a balance and make sure my house is a livable place - not a showcase. I want the boys to remember a home where they were comfortable. Marianne

Rebecca said...

My timer is my best friend!! It actually is looking a bit worn. I use it for myself and the boys. Since I homeschool the boys have to pitch in ALOT to keep things running smoothly. Dishwasher duty is normally rotated. If they don't have it done in a certain time they get to do it the next day!! They learn fast!! Money under trash bags (OFTEN not just once a week)keeps my trash MT without ANY problem. They run for the trash!!Beds get made..... and if not a brother can sneak and make it after a certain time and get paid for doing his brothers job. I sometimes wisper to them they might want to look in bedroom. I don't want to be a nagging mother and I am trying to work myself out of a job. They can start doing laundry at a young age. The oldest is now doing his own laundry. When I get behind in laundry, my husband gets after me that I haven't been using the boys enough. He was in a family of six and mother just kept the machines going while the children did the rest. I could write more but... it will soon turn into an epistle. Hope you are having a GREAT day!! I love seeing your picts. You are sew talented! Pun intended.....
PS Don't worry..they still have time to play!!:)