How organized are you? My own organization changes day to day and year to year. Some years are almost wonderful. Other years I struggle to keep things together. But let’s be honest. We can’t have scholé in our homeschools without balance in our lives.
No balance, no scholé
What do I mean? Well I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to fill my house with restful learning if there’s no where to sit a do math, curl up with a good book, or complete a science experiment.
We need order for restful learning, and order begins with a plan.
So this week I’m walking through how to put your house in order, where to begin if things are out of whack, and how to keep things in order once order is imposed.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not doing this series for you, I’m doing it for me. My house is slightly out of whack. I’m keeping dinners on the table and clean clothing on the children, but it’s a struggle.
That doesn’t bring me a house full of restful learning. It gives my kids a panicked mom trying to keep it all together.
The starting place is our schedule.
Start with a table of the week. Sunday through Saturday heading the columns at the top. Hours down the side.
Here are two schedules you can print to use:
- Schedule has times from 5am to 10pm prewritten down the side.
- Schedule without time has no times written on it
Print as many as you need.
Now fill in the time you wake up, go to bed, eat meals, and any regularly scheduled activities you have. These can be anything from church, to karate, to work. These are times that are relatively fixed.
Now take a look at your schedule. It should be somewhat full with huge slots of empty time. If your schedule is filled with activities but no time for the homeschool or household, you may wish to consider eliminating a few items.
Now for decision time.
- How much time do you need for homeschooling
- For the household
- Meal preparation
- Grocery shopping and errands
- Personal time
- Driving to activities
- Nature hikes
- Goof off time (don’t make the mistake of never scheduling any time for you to goof off and enjoy yourself. We all need downtime to sit, relax, and have a bit of fun.)
- Time to sit on the porch and enjoy the rain
- Get ready for bed
- Your morning routine
Fill it all in on the schedule. Balance the activities until they fit and be realistic.
Don’t suddenly expect yourself to stop getting up at 9am and start getting up at 5am. That’s a 4 hours shift! Believe me, at 5am you’ll look at the clock, decide you were crazy, and go back to sleep. How do I know? I’ve tried it myself many, many times. You’d think I’d have learned by now.
Keep in mind personal preferences as well. Do you enjoy doing all the laundry in one day, all the housecleaning at one time, and a day spent for baking?
Another option is to plan a little time each day. Spend a few minutes on the housework, an hour baking, and a load of laundry every day. Keep your personal preferences in mind as you create your personal schedule.
Tweak the schedule until it’s one you can live with. It’s a schedule that has you getting up at a comfortable time, going to bed at a reasonable hour, and gives you time to live.
Did you remember to add grocery shopping to the schedule? That’s another mistake I make all the time. I figure I’ll drop by the store after park day. Then we’re heading home. The kids are happily dripping mud in the car, I’m exhausted, and home sounds like just the place to be.
We never make more than a quick stop by the store.
Now I schedule grocery shopping on Saturday mornings. It doesn’t interfere with homeschooling, and I’m fresh as a daisy!
My schedule is done. Is yours?