Now that the holidays are over, it's time to start getting organized for the brand new year. The great thing about getting organized for the new year is, it's like starting from scratch.
In this post, I'm going to be sharing, with you, how to set up your homemaking schedule for the new year. I'll be showing you what I include in my homemaking schedule and most importantly how to stick with it.
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Now before you start putting together your schedule I'd like to walk you through the process to help make the process a little bit easier.
What needs to be included in your Homemaking Schedule
It's important to know what you should include in your schedule. For our family, I'm in charge of basically everything home, kid and schedule related. Which sounds like everything... When my husband wants to do something, he usually asks me if we have something scheduled or if there's time for it.
So I always include everyone's schedule, the menu, the cleaning, and everything else that needs to be scheduled.
How to start a schedule from scratch
If you don't have a monthly schedule and you're tired of always feeling unorganized or out of control listen up, this part is for you.
This is what you'll need:
- Your current commitments day(s) and time(s)
- Your kid(s) current commitments day(s) and time(s)
- Your husband's current commitments days(s) and time(s)
- Assign colors to each family member
Once you have all of that you can add those days and times to your monthly calendar.
One way for me to stay organized is I assign colors to each family member. When I add their appointment to the calendar I use the assigned color. This allows me to quickly see who is going where when.
Once your monthly schedule has been made, it's time to take the next step.
Set up your weekly and daily schedule
Your weekly and daily schedule will be a more detailed list of things that need to be done. In my weekly and daily schedules, I'll add more than just family commitments. I'll add things like:
- My cleaning routine
- Daily and weekly list of intentions
- Water intake
- Dinner menu
My weekly schedule is a little bit more detailed than my monthly schedule and my daily schedule is a little bit more detailed than my weekly schedule.
Once you've set up a weekly schedule you'll want to complete a daily schedule for the following day. Later on, in this post, I'll talk more about finding the time.
Create your monthly/weekly menu
Some people like to plan their menus out for the month and others like to plan for the week. Now that you have your schedules planned out, setting up your menu is a little bit easier.
You'll know what evenings will be busier than others allowing you to plan accordingly. if you know it's soccer night planning a crockpot meal might be the best thing for you and your family.
Now that your schedules and menu are set it's time to take the next step.
Create your important tasks list
At the beginning of the month, I like to make a list of important tasks that I want to complete for the month. These can be things like:
- Monthly chores
- Things that want to be done
- Home improvements
- Seasonal maintenance
Once you have your list complete you can refer to it when you are putting your weekly and daily schedules together.
Create your delegate list
This is something I just started doing. I have the hardest time asking for help and over scheduling myself. My delegate list is a list of tasks that I can delegate to other family members.
I try to add things that anyone can do. But most importantly add tasks that I'm okay with other people doing.
If you have a hard time letting others do things because you know your way is best, I hear you loud and clear! I'm that way and that is why I add tasks that I'm okay with other people doing. (like I said before)
Finding the time and continuing on
Starting a schedule is just part of the battle. Finding the time and following through is just as hard.
I want to share how I find the time and how I've made this a habit.
At the end of the month, I make sure I block out about 30 minutes for me to create my schedule for the next month. Usually, around the 25th I like to create next month's schedule.
Then each Sunday I carve out about 15-20 minutes to create my schedule for the week.
Finally every evening I carve out about 10 minutes to create my schedule for the day.
By making sure I set aside a little bit of time to create my schedule I'm able to get more done, stay on time, and live a life a little less overwhelming.
I've made my schedule a priority because I don't like feeling out of control. If this is something you are fed up with too, you'll want to download the free Homemaker Schedule Starter Kit. Inside the starter kit, you'll have monthly, weekly, and daily schedules, weekly and monthly menu planners, shopping lists, important tasks list, and delegate list allowing you to start 2018 organized.
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