(okay...maybe a whole month!)
But I love order.
I function better when things are hyper organized.
And lists are made about lists.
The last few weeks, I've been trying really hard to be proactive about my "duties" so that I can get into a routine that I gives me more time and energy do my "ME" things.
Time to run.
Time to read/bake/sew/create.
Time to be with Mateo.
Cause without those three things...
I am NOT happy.
I am NOT me.
So how do I do that?
A couple girlfriends have asked me to share!
It's not a strict science...but I do my best to follow my "rules" so that I stress less and enjoy more.
I'd have to say, the top four tools I use to keep this family organized are:
MM's (Magic Minimums)
Zone Defense cleaning
CLICK HERE for my Menu Plan this week
CLICK HERE for a great description of Magic Minimums
I've commit to finishing them before starting a new project or jumping on the computer!
I have Morning and Evening ones.
Make Beds (girls do their own)
Feed Dog (girls do)
Bring in Laundry & Sort
Start a Load of Laundry
Quick Pick Up
Wipe down Kitchen
What’s for Dinner?
Quick Pick Up
Look over tomorrow's plan
Quick Pick Up
Homework & Backpack
Set Clothes out for morning
Zone Defense Cleaning
This is how this Coach's Wife puts Zone Defense to work:
I've divided our home into 5 different zones.
Zone 1: Dining Room/Kitchen/Pantry - Monday
Zone 2: Family Room - Tuesday
Zone 3: Bedrooms/Bedding - Wednesday
Zone 4: Bathrooms - Thursday
Zone 5: Garage/Sewing Nook - Friday
Each day I concentrate on a different zone. Deep cleaning in that area only. De-cluttering, dusting, wiping baseboards, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming/steam cleaning carpets, changing sheets, bleaching sinks...whatever is needed in that zone to get it sparkling.
I do my Dining Room and Kitchen in the same day because they are connected and I like to mop those floors all at once. But you might not! I do the bedrooms on Wednesdays - cause the girls are out early from school on Wednesdays and I think it's good THEY HELP! It may seem extreme to have the Garage on the list...but our Garage is an extension of our living space, with an art table, treadmill and TV in it...so it needs to be cleaned too! It's also where my sewing "room" is - and that area gets out of control without me even trying.
After a full week, I've worked my way around the house. If I've missed a spot, (or had a busy day during the week where I didn't get it all done) I always know I can catch it the next week around. It also makes so that our weekends can be spent playing and not cleaning!
Google Calendar is my life saver. It allows you to make a calendar for every member of the family (color coded too. LOVE!) and them see them all together in one place. I also put our menu plan calendar on it each week. And the weather! On Sunday nights, I print the week ahead out and post it on the inside of our pantry doors. It's easy for me to glance at anytime to remind me what's coming up, what's for dinner, if the kids should take a sweater to school... I find that my mind is less chaotic, which means I work better, when I get everything down on paper. Google Calendar lets me do that!
OK - so there are my tools.
It might seem overwhelming, but I didn't start it all at once.
And there are definitely days it all goes awhak!
But it works...most of the time.
What are your tools?
How do you keep your household running?
Without letting it run AWAY!