Ever since our little family has gone from four to five, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed. My husband and I were discussing some things I could do to make things a little easier, and the one very obvious solution we had was to make a schedule. I've always been a routine person. My children have nap times and bedtimes, but as far as an actual schedule of things we do while they are awake? Not so much. That has all changed in the last week or two, and while it's not been perfect, it has helped me tremendously in trying to love on the children while also staying on top of housework. I don't know if it'll help anyone reading this or not, but just in case anyone is considering the same thing for their homes I thought I would show our schedule.
Monday- Clean out refrigerator, make menu, grocery shop, errands and start on laundry.
Tuesday- Dust entire house, vacuum, mop wood floor areas, and laundry(of course).
Wednesday- Clean both bathrooms, wash bedding, and bath rugs. Mop bathrooms and kitchen floor.
Thursday- Ladies Bible study. Minimal housework is done, but we usually need milk and bread by Thursday, but I wait until Erik is home so I can go alone.
Friday- Projects/ fun day. Also MOPS is every couple of Fridays, so we go there as well.
Monday-Wednesday schedule for kids
8:15- Kids wake up
8:30-Dressed, breakfast. Sometimes we sing a song or work on a memory verse. Other times we just talk while I gather dirty clothes and unload the dishwasher.
9-9:15- Free time
9:15-945- Read books with kids, sing songs, rock with Lily.
9:45-10:00- Free time.
10:00- Bible time/practice sitting quietly. We either read Psalm 103 or Genesis 1. Sometimes we go through My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts, by Susan Hunt. The stories are a little above my three year old's head, but he can get the verses within five minutes.
10:15- Snack time(Lily goes down for nap about this time)
10:30- Color/ art
10:45- play outside if weather is nice, have art time go on for awhile if it's not nice out. We might watch a video around this time as well.
11:30- Lily wakes up, and it's more free time until lunch.(Free time just means they can play whatever they want, or I'll read to one of them, or we might go back outside, etc)
12:30 Pick up toy room, go potty for those who are potty training, and change diapers. Then it's upstairs for naps!
Late afternoons and evenings are pretty free, since that's when Erik is home.
It's a pretty simple schedule, but it helps to keep me on task. I've only been doing this for a couple of weeks, but so far it has been a blessing to me!