Monday, April 5, 2010

Making Schedules

I have learned that schedules help with so many things.  They keep us focused at the task at hand, and remind us what's coming up later. I have schedules for everything: My daughter's morning and afternoon routines, cleaning routines, laundry routines . . . you name it.  Even my meal plans are a kind of schedule.  Here are a few examples:

Laundry Schedule:
Monday:
Sheets and Blankets
Towels
Tuesday:
Blues
Greens
Yellows
Wednesday
Reds
Thursday
Blacks
Browns/Grays
Friday 
Whites
Misc.
Saturday
Emergency Wash
Clean Laundry Room
Sunday
NONE


This has helped us tremendously with our laundry issue.

Another schedule I use is my cleaning schedule.  Of course, there are things (like dishes and general picking up) that need to be done daily, but for detailed things I use this list (along with my Fly Lady Daily Challenges)

Monday
Change Sheets
Sort Laundry
Take Trash Cans to Curb
Tuesday
DeClutter
Sweep and Mop
Vacuum
Wednesday
(Class this day, so no detail cleaning)
Thursday
Clean Fridge
Pantry/Fridge/Freezer inventory
Meal plan for next week
DeClutter Kids Rooms
Friday
Bathroom
Sweep and Mop
Vacuum
Saturday
Weekly Home Blessing
Kids Clean their Rooms
Laundry Room
Sunday
Day Of Rest


Then, of course, there is daily schedules and routines for my daughter (6):

After School Schedule
3:30-4 Snack
4-5 Homework time (If no homework, may play outside or with toys)
5-5:30 DVD/TV time
5:30-6 Dinner
6-6:10 10 minute tidy in room
6:10-6:30 DVD/TV time
6:30-7 Bath Time
7-7:30 Quiet time
7:30-7:45 Reading Time
7:45 Bed Time


Emily's Morning Routine


Make Bed
Put clothes in hamper
Get Dressed to shoes and hair
Take breakfast dishes to sink when done
Make sure backpack gets to car


These are just a few of the examples of how schedules can improve your life.  I am a chronically disorganized person by nature - I have to have these (posted everywhere, mind you) otherwise, my home is in shambles. Give them a try, if you dare!  You might find they improve your life as well!

1 comment:

Angel Seidenberg said...

This is a great idea! I used to have all sorts of schedules and now I don't. I think I'll get started on mine so I can keep my days from bleeding into the other.