The saying that time flies is true enough indeed. I can hardly believe the year is coming to an end and we’ll soon enter into the next. Today’s the last in my series on organization and I hope they’ve helped you create a plan of action to build your own lists and schedules from.
It’s no surprise when I tell you I love to create schedules, make lists and have multiple day planners and calendars. I thrive on all things organization.
Over the years I realized I inherited this trait from my mother… who I may say even has the labels of her spice jars and canned goods all facing in the same direction and to size… they might even be alphabetized I’ve never dared look.
Her cupboards are immaculate and she never has dust. Mind you, it’s just her and my dad and she only had me! But none-the-less I’m glad I inherited this trait thanks to her… even though I never realized it while I was growing up. My maternal grandmother was also extremely organized. I remember her sewing supplies neatly arranged in her sewing box (which I now have), her fridge was always tidy and her flower beds were beautiful and manicured. So, I guess I come by this naturally thank God!
It’s only since I’ve had a home and family of my own that I’ve realized all the important things they both taught me… or at least tried to! My ‘other’ mom, is also extremely organized. I think I’m just naturally attracted to those kind of people. She’s been an inspiration to me tremendously, especially with sewing ‘stuff’. Her material/craft closet is immaculate and completely organized right up to type’s of fabrics and colors. Her craft stuff is always tidy and in it’s place! What wonderful examples I’ve been blessed with!
Anyway, back to schedules and lists…
Here is my Weekly Schedule At A Glance… this has really helped me over the years as my family has grown and evolved.
Please note this doesn’t include any of our farm related chores. I’m only focusing on the daily home chores that most of us face.
*Use Put Away Basket daily for my walk through’s!
*Focus on what’s planned for the week through my P.M.S. list- make list of appts/calls/errands for the week.
*Back Entry zonal cleaning, Bathroom and Upstairs Hallway, stairs- Ryan
*Zonal clean Kitchen~ clean out fridge; put clean foil on stove burners- Mom
*Main floor of house- floors- Ryan
*Fill bird feeders- Kyle/Evan
*Water porch pots on tables- everyday as needed
*All outside yard chores: mowing, weed whacking, weeding- boys
*General machine maintenance- boys
*Laundry- bedding, dish towels and anything that didn’t get done yesterday-Mom
*Zonal Clean Pantry, Family and Dining rooms Taylor/Mom
*Moms office day- phone calls, pay bills, etc.
*Purge any old mag’s/newspapers/etc.- Mom
*Menu planning day/ create grocery list from menu- think about what’s going to be baked next week as well.
*Zone cleaning Bedrooms
*Sewing/mending if any.
*Baking day if no sewing
Errand and Grocery Day~
*Try to schedule all errands for today- post office, cleaners, doctor’s appts., shopping etc.
*Grocery Shop- do any budget shopping today as well.
*This is our market prep day and we do all running for this.
*Laundry~ as needed
*We are at market all day and the boy who is home takes care of general home duties.
*Grocery Shop on way home from market
*Any meal prep for Sunday gets done today.
This is our day of rest and worship… and we never feel guilty! Praise the Lord!
One more thing I wanted to touch on today is how to remain focused on your schedule for the days. I refer to this as Focused Event Days. Here’s a more detailed break down of what we do here.
*Errand Day~ this day needs to be structured to have the best time and gas management possible.
*I always make a list of the places I need to go and I write them down in the order I plan on going to them. When I do this I think about the direction’s of the errands and map out the best possible route to take. I try, if possible to start with the furthest stop and make my way back toward home. This doesn’t always work, but most of the time it does. I also try to do any grocery shopping last, especially in the summer because of the extreme heat that could damage the goods.
*If I have appointments to keep, I try to make those first thing in the morning where I can do the remaining errands in a timely fashion afterwards.
*I also try to spread any appointments out over the month so I do not over book myself just causing everyone frustration. Also take into consideration when making appt.s children if it is the school season, make them after school if at all possible.
*Grocery shopping~ this is ‘typically’ done on Errand day but not always due to the fact that I like to shop at one particular grocery store that has a very large selection of Organic goods. This store is an hour away from our country home but we drive past it every Saturday on our way home from market… so my main grocery shopping is done on Saturday. The other place I like to purchase items in bulk is done at a store right down the road from us and that’s the shopping that gets done on Errand day… usually!
*I go over the menu for that week and check to see if there is anything I need- write it down on list right away~ I would too quickly forget.
*I always make sure I have my grocery list, coupons and shopper bags ready to go.
*My Checklist before I leave: My purse with checkbook with checks in it, debit card; all lists; Bill stubs, banking papers if needed; sale ads; mail to go out; anything else I need to meet my list.
Lists are crucial here! Another important tip when going grocery shopping is to NEVER go when you are hungry! You’ll end up buying things because they ‘look’ good at that present moment! Stick to the list and the budget.
Hope you all enjoyed… please leave me comments and suggestions!