This is my brain on Large Family Logistics:
(Sorry if the hearts are distracting... had to cover personal information.)
Psalm 90:12 - Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
I LOVE that verse.
This week, I made a Home Management Book. Now I'm one of those weirdos that gets a little high from gathering materials like pretty purple binders, tabbed dividers, post-it-notes, and sheet protectors. But rather than just being a fad that I put a lot of time and energy into creating and drop in 2 weeks (or less), this is a tool that is helping me order my days in a meaningful way, and I intend to use it for a long time.
Ever since I was in middle school, I have had a "brain". I have always called my planner my brain because it remembers everything for me. My planners have taken many different shapes and forms. I have used daytimers, notecards, spiral notebooks, etc... I have changed my systems as my life has changed in complexity. The Home Management 3 ring binder system spelled out in LFL is just the perfect solution to my life at this moment. For the past several years I have been using a spiral notebook, but as life gets more complex, I need to bring more order to my days. I love the fact that this notebook stores all of the most pertinent information for me in a very clear way.
Here are the sections of my Home Management Book and what I put in them:
- Front Cover - my daily routine for easy reference
- First Page - a piece of paper with my weekly menu, schedule, and to-do list
- Sunday - The Lord's Day - Prayer List, Bible Memory Work page, Bible class planning
- Monday - Laundry Day - jobs for the day, a page listing current clothing sizes and needs for each member of the family
- Tuesday - Kitchen Day - jobs for the day, meal routines, meal lists for planning
- Wednesday - Office Day - jobs for the day, list of household staples with current best prices, next week's menu (office day jobs include making a grocery list and planning next week's menu)
- Thursday - Errands (aka - Town Day) - jobs for the day, "Watch For" list - long term shopping list for garage sales, thrift stores and best deals
- Friday - Garden Day - maps of past and present garden layouts, lists of what seeds I planted this year, long term list of outdoor chores that need to be done
- Saturday - Cleaning Day - jobs for the day, spring/fall cleaning lists
- Homeschooling - Ambleside Online book lists, goals/plans (remember I only have pre-school children right now)
- Holidays - gift lists, menus, other plans
- Sewing - list of current projects
- Blog - information and ideas for Church Mouse
- Etc... - current TCOYF chart
Colossians 3:23-24 - Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
It is worth noting that the days-of-the-week sections are not limited to those days, but that I will focus on that section on those particular days. I find that I am easily overwhelmed by a single, long to-do list. Dividing up my tasks into different days helps me to divide and conquer!
I also enjoy the fact that I can dress for the occasion. I tend to dress in nicer clothes on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and I can wear work clothes for the dirty work that happens on the other days.
I depart from the LFL system with the following:
- So far, I have boys, and I don't think they'll be thrilled by a "Tea Party Day". We are substituting Pizza Day. :)
- Instead of one big cleaning day, I still spread many of my cleaning tasks out throughout the week. I simply put those tasks on the pages for the "jobs for the day". I have always preferred doing things this way.
- Not a real departure from the book, but worth noting in case you haven't read it yet - While I focus more on the jobs on their respective days, I also do laundry and gardening throughout the week because I hang nearly all of my laundry on the line, so these are both jobs where I "make hay while the sun shines". I usually do 2 loads on every sunny day. Remember, there are only four of us. If our family is blessed to grow, we may need to institute the "four loads by four" policy. As it is, I try to do "two loads by noon". Yeah... I have it easy. :)
What does your brain look like?
This post is a part of the Four Moms Large Family Logistics Part 2 linkup.