Skip to main content

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Establishing a Household Routine for Summer

Routines give structure to my days, and help me prioritize my tasks.  However, my routines are built around the schedules of others.  When their schedules change, my routines change, too.  Now that it is summer, I need to re-evaluate my plans for my days.

source  (Now if I can just find a sailor suit!)


Last night, we used our family home evening time to coordinate our calendars for the month, and to establish some structure to our days.  Specifically, we implemented a "12 p.m. pick-up" time, followed by a concentrated cleaning effort.  This break in the day to put things away was not initially well-received by all, but my "I refuse to be the maid" sentiment won out over any feelings of teenage entitlement.  The older and wiser ones recognized the wisdom of sharing the work, thereby keeping Mom from feeling too overwhelmed. 

(Lest I paint my family in a bad light, let me point out that everyone does pitch in with household chores.  I just wanted a more specific schedule, so everyone knew what was expected.) 

Our 12 p.m. pick-up should result in items from all over the house being put away in their proper place.  Additionally, we assigned each day (Monday-Saturday) an area of focus for the detailed cleaning.  For example:  Monday--bathrooms, Tuesday--kitchen, Wednesday--the rooms visible from the front door, Thursday--the game room and bedrooms, Friday--special projects (areas that need occasional attention--garage, closets, etc.), Saturday--lawn, garden, yard.

Now, of course, things will come up that will require adaptation, but I'm hopeful that this schedule will keep the house looking halfway decent, and leave me feeling a bit more relaxed.  

How does your schedule change during the summer?

Thanks for willing (and not-so-willing, but resigned) helpers!


You might find my posts on these blog hops:

Sew Darn Crafty Party,  Find a Friend Friday, Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop, Show Your Stuff, The Wildly Original Link Party, Wow Us Wednesdays, Down Home Blog Hop, Tuesday Archive Link Up, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Grandparents Say It Saturday
The Creative Home Acre Hop Best Blog Post Ever, Grand Social,
Crafty Garden Mama,
Let's Get Social Sundays
Freedom Fridays
Tuesdays with a Twist
Pattern Party 
All My Bloggy Friends
A Peek into My Paradise



Pin It

Comments

  1. Each morning I make sure they are up at a not-so-late hour. After they have eaten and gotten ready for the day, I give them their chore(s) for the day. Once each child finishes his work, he is free for the day. Unless, of course, he makes a big mess. Then he cleans it up. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Kristi, that drawing is just so cute! It takes me back to the books of my childhood. Cheers

    ReplyDelete
  3. I must have schedules similar to yours or I just cannot function. Now that summer is here, I do have to be more flexible(such as grass cutting on Mondays, then it rains all day Monday)but the basic outline is there which is a life saver. Glad to know I am not the only one who has to have days organized like this!

    ReplyDelete
  4. My routine basically stays the same now that I am retired.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Since I am retired, too it just means more time with my daughter and my granddaughter! Life is good.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Even in Times of Uncertainty

  A railroad switch point on the tracks at the Golden Spike National Historic Park There is a lot I don't know. I don't know who will lead the United States for the next four years (at the time I'm composing this post, that hasn't been determined yet.) I don't know when covid cases will stop rising in my state and start decreasing. I don't know how challenging situations will turn out. There is much uncertainty in life. Living in limbo-land is hard. It's emotionally exhausting. It can be immobilizing. My body seems to think chocolate is the answer, but I know that isn't a long-term solution. What do I need in times like these? I need to REMEMBER . 1. R esilience. People are resilient. I am resilient. I'm thankful for resilience. 2. " E ach Life That Touches Ours for Good." So many people, both those I know in "real life," and those I have only met virtually, have taught me, encouraged me, and been examples to me. I'm thankful

Ten Things of Thankful: Last Two Weeks

  Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, as viewed from an overlook I apologize for not commenting on your blog posts this past week; John and I took a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, leaving behind our computers and, to a large extent, cell phone service. We escaped the outside world and just spent time in nature. Though we have friends near Yellowstone (who we love to visit) we made this trip just about us, so please forgive us if we were nearby and didn't stop by. The crowds were minimal (though we did mask up whenever we passed someone on the trails) and we spent our days hiking, taking photos, and watching geysers erupt. Today, we are back home and back to work, and, in the case of my computer, back to old shenanigans like not letting me import my photos. (I was able to add the above photo by using blogger on my phone, but that isn't my preferred method.) I want to write about Yellowstone and have photos I want to share, but will leave that for another

Ten Things of Thankful: Short and Sweet

  A yellow-orange sunset behind mountains, as viewed from my front porch. Red geraniums in white planter boxes line the porch rail. I'm thankful for: 1. Beautiful sunsets. 2. Snowfall. 3. Friends. 4. Flowers. 5.Online shopping. 6. Easy returns. 7. Organized rooms. 8. Prayer. 9. Family. 10. John. What are your ten things this week? Joining me this week: IThrive3:20 The Prolific Pulse messymimi's meanderings A season and a time Artistic Mystic Soul the Wakefield Doctrine Backsies Is What There Is Not Her Headache You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter