I recognize that not everyone enjoys living life on a schedule. God has made us all unique with different personalities and preferences. I personally thrive on a schedule as does the rest of my family. But if this sort of thing makes you gag lol! know that God made you differently for his purposes and that is what makes the body of Christ beautiful!
My inspiration for my schedules is the Proverbs 31 woman. Proverbs 31:27 says, “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idlenss.” My schedule helps me to watch over all the affairs – or happenings – in my household. And it keeps me from wasting time on things that may get in the way of my priorities.
Everything in nature has a rhythm – seasons flow from summer to fall to winter to spring and then back to summer again. The sun rises and sets and the tides come in and out on a rhythm. But even in nature there are storms, tornados, and hurricanes – unexpected happenings that interrupt the expected. I know that my family will face storms and moments when the unexpected happens and our flow will have to flex.
So I have discovered a tool that I am using for the very first time this year called “Managers of Their Homes” by Steven and Teri Maxwell.
The Maxwell’s say ~ “Scheduling will not be the power of energy in your successful home management…any success in our homes comes from Jesus Christ around whom everything must revolve…We do not rely on the strength of our schedule but on the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ.” pg2
So let me begin by sharing with you my weekly cleaning schedule that I’ve used off and on for 2+ years. I have found that if the children and I do an hour or two of housework a day, I can maintain a fairly orderly home all week long without feeling like I’m cleaning all of the time. (side note- if guests are coming this schedule changes and I clean the entire house top to bottom in 1-2 days so it is all clean at once) I love the alliteration of this schedule which makes it easy for everyone in the house to remember what the tasks of the day are!
Mondays – Menu and Market (we grocery shop in the late afternoon)
Tuesdays – Toilets, Tubs, Towels (Bathroom day!)
Wednesdays – Wash Day (we run and fold 6 +/- loads of laundry)
Thursdays – Dust
Fridays – Floors
Next is the meal schedule (did you realize you are going to potentially cook 1,000 meals this year! Might as well have an efficient plan right?) - which is similiar to the cleaning schedule with the alliteration:
Thrifty & Thankful Thursday
Fancy Friday (sometimes Fish Friday)
Soup and Sandwich Saturday
Simple Sunday (We usually eat lunch out - so dinner is light)
And finally there’s my personal daily plan that squeezes in exercise, devotions, homeschooling, blogging, social media, hubby time, real life ministry, friends and housework! Here’s a sample of a typical day (but we all know that rarely are days typical!)
6am – Wake, head to exercise at my local YMCA 1 minute away, come home and clean-up
7am – Devotions
7:30 – Email my Good Morning Girls and check social media
8am – Breakfast and Bible Reading with the Children
8:30 – Oversee Chores
9am – one on one time with each child doing phonics while the other child showers
10am – Classical Conversations (History/Science)
10:30 – Handwriting and Grammar
11:30 – Computer Time for me, piano practice for Lexi
12 – Lunch
12:30 – Cleaning for me, free play for the children
1 – Classical Conversations Memory Work (Latin, History)
1:30 – Reading
2 – Computer time for me, craft or game time for the children
2:30 – Roomtime, Rest, Read, Write
3:30 – Cleaning for me, TV Time and snack for the children
4:30 – Dinner Prep, Children are my helpers where needed
5:30 – Dinner
6 – Dinner Clean-up as a family
6:30 – free time
8 – Family Reading, talking and prayer time
8:30 – Time with my husband
9:30 – Post Blog post for the next day, social media
10:30 – Read or rub hubby’s back
11:00 – zzzzzzzzzz
This is my ideal day and week – but we all know that life does not fit neatly into 30 minute boxes. Daily there will be things that change the schedule such as homeschool group, gymnastics, football, Karate and piano lessons. So we enter the school year in prayer and trust that God will be our ultimate guide each day.
Do you have any new fall schedules you can share with me? I’d love to hear about them!
*High Fives to Nikki and Denice for sharing your schedules with me that I now use :)!