J.P. asks from Dallas, TX on February 02, 2009
Need Organization Ideas
I am hoping that some of you can help me. I am new to the SAHM world and need guidance on getting my days organized. I feel like I drift around from one project to another and look up to find that I haven't really worked with my toddler much and now it's time to go pick my oldest up from school. How do some of you organize your days/weeks? Do you commit Mondays to cleaning, Tuesdays to shopping, etc...? I also have a business that needs tending to (i.e. putting together website, marketing, etc.). I am all ears!!!
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I can't thank all of you enough for all of your responses!!! I am slowly finding my way with organizing my days. The tip to do a little each day with the cleaning has been most helpful. My house is staying clean this way. Also Flylady.net is pretty hard-core, but I am doing her 31 days for beginners and incorporating them into my day.
Thanks again for all of your help!
S.M. answers from Dallas on February 03, 2009
I would suggest going to www.flylady.net. You'll find lots of ideas and suggestions to make organization possible.
V.C. answers from Lubbock on February 03, 2009
Here is the schedule that I follow, it has helped me to be able to get all the things done each day. You will need to adjust the times or activities according to your family needs but this will give you a basic idea so that you can get things done each day.
Monday – Kitchen – Darks
Tuesday – Living Room – Jeans
Wednesday – Our Room – Whites
Thursday – Kids Room – Lights
Friday – Bathroom – Sheets, Towels, Rugs
Saturday - shopping
7:00 – Wake
7:30 – Breakfast & clean up kitchen
9:00 – 11:00 – Balance Checking & pay bills, start laundry of the day & play with baby
11:00 – Prepare Lunch
12:00 – Eat Lunch & clean up kitchen
1:00 – Nap time
1:00 to 1:30 – clean room of day, finish laundry of the day & work
3:00 – pick up school age school, play & homework
4:00 – finish work or cleaning if needed
30 minutes before your husband arrives home pick up clutter and toys (have children help)
5:30 – start Dinner
6:30 – eat Dinner & clean up kitchen
7:30 – Bath time for kids
8:00 – 8:30 – kids in bed
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T.F. answers from Dallas on February 02, 2009
I am a SAHM with a 14 yr old daughter, 3 dogs, running our corporation from home and busy hubby.
Sometimes I joke and say I have ADD or something because I honestly do move from chore to chore. Sometimes I feel as though I got nothing done, But I have. I NEED help!!
I do a LOT of filing and it is one of the easiest things to pile up. SO, I have my main filing cabinet set up in my closet area but I have small Sterlite pull out files in my pantry. Each day when mail comes in I sort into the 6 boxes I have. Company, banking, taxes, investments, and 2 of "to file". When the "to file" ones start getting full, I file them in the closet file. The others, I maintain all year and then when tax time and maintaining books need to be done, everything is in 1 place. I also keep a separate sterlite box for Items to Shred.
Someone said calendar....I SO AGREE. We all have Iphones and laptops. We coordinate our Iphones on outlook so that we know all of daughter's practices, cheers, concerts, etc. I make sure they have all of my dates to remember such as meetings, when I am scheduled to substitute, etc. Hubby does the same and we sync so that we all have the same info. Hubby and I email each other a LOT and on weekends we go through what is planned for the week.
Records....I keep a regular smaller sized college ruled notebook and I write down anything I want to make sure I keep track of. I keep track of phone calls I make, who I spoke with, confirmation numbers, etc. I note what I do during the day so I don't forget anything. I started keeping a notebook WAY back in my corporate days as a CYA file and I have found it to be an invaluable part of my daily routine. If I have to call someone back for whatever it might be, I have my book to fall back on for data I need to speak with the company again. I also keep a daily list in this book and try to keep to it.
Everything cannot be done and you are not perfect. I straightenup as much as possible daily, usually run the vaccum daily (downstairs only where my dogs hang out), make dinner. I try to do a "big job" which can be shampooing carpet (as I did today) to cleaning out a closet, deep cleaning something around the house for routine maintainence. I also make time for ME. I go out to lunch, shop, massage, or something...that is just ME during the week. DO not forget You.
Sorry for the long post, I saw this request as I was cleaning up my office space to prepare for our dinner.
Hope I have an idea that helps and I look forward to seeing what others say!
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S.W. answers from Dallas on February 03, 2009
In Vandi C's schedule there's only 1 hour of the day she spends playing, interacting socially, or reading to the baby! Not good.
Plan your laundry to do 3x/week, pick your days. Use Sat/Sun to sort and organize the loads. In the time you're not doing laundry, during kid(s) naps, pay bills, clean 1-2 rooms (if kid(s) are older than 3, have them help). The other 2 days should be taking your kid(s) to the park, crafts w/ them, walking in the neighborhood w/ them, singing and dancing w/ them...whatever you and they like to do. If you prefer to groc shop during the week, do that on those 2 days w/ your kids in tow, if they behave well, promise a park visit after naps, trip to petting zoo, etc. Your kids will soon be in school all day; make the most of the time you have with them now to bond with you. Good luck!
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D.R. answers from Dallas on February 03, 2009
There is a website Flylady.net that might help
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H.R. answers from Abilene on February 02, 2009
I'm a SAHM and have a few tips. I make a to do list each night of the things I need to get done. I make sure the list is reasonable (it's much shorter than I think it should be!), but doable. I try to clean something every day (or at least that's been the plan...starting to change that) so nothing ever gets too dirty. I'm starting a household notebook to get everything (address book, to do lists, cleaning tips/to do lists, medical info, etc.) in one place.
I'll be happy to answer any specific questions you might have.
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A.M. answers from Dallas on February 03, 2009
HI and welcome to the sahm world! It will take a bit of adjustment, but I hope you will love it as much as I do. What helped me at first was to type up a schedule. For example, each day of the week, I would pick a different cleaning chore like cleaning the bathroom, dusting, vacuuming, etc. I would also include the everyday-clean kitchen, cook dinner, pick up toys, etc. I would also fill in times for other things I did weekly like workouts or playdates. This helped me focus on my at home work. 3-1/2 years later, I don't use the schedule anymore but just follow a more loose one in my head. The schedule helped in my transisition to my sahm work duties. It is different staying home because there is always a mess since you are always home. The best thing is that you can switch things around as needed once you get used to the basics. Enjoy!
Also-my friend Andrea (a wahm) has her own web design business, Wanted Web Design. Her email is ____@____.com if you are interested in using her to get your website up. She has very reasonable prices since she has a passion for helping other wahm's! That is the main reason she started the business. She designed the website for my tutoring business. YOu can look at it to see how talented she is. It is www.acceleratekids.com. I also used godaddy.com for hosting and vistaprint.com for business cards and car magnets. Andrea can help you with logo design and the design for business cards and car magnets too.
R.T. answers from Dallas on February 03, 2009
I am a sahm mom to three kids, 4 and under, and do occasional free-lance work, and I am in the the middle of trying to get more organized with my days to feel like I accomplish something also. Many responded with helpful suggestions for cleaning. I've just started writing down chores and errands to get done on certain days. But I also find I get into a groove cleaning and getting projects done that I don't spend much time playing with my kids some days. I am trying to involve them more in helping clean up. Good training and habits to begin now. But I also find it helpful if I write down things I want to do with them that day, and maybe say to myself, after morning clean-up we'll do playdough for half an hour, then move to another project. I don't want to get too busy that I forget to read with them too. I did make a chart with the days of the week, and little picture ideas of things to do that velcro on, to remind me, but also lets the kids go pick one or two out and bring them to me. I have several arts and craft ideas, and others like cook something together, go on a walk, play a game, build with blocks. I do want to keep a tidier house, but I realized I will always have something else to clean, and I want to make sure that teaching and playing is my priority over cleaning. Having a flexible schedule written down to keep me focused has helped.
C.T. answers from Dallas on February 02, 2009
Don't try to clean your whole house in one day. It won't happen with small children. At the beginning of the week, I make a list of the BIG things that I need to do like clean bathrooms, vaccum, grocery shop, mop kitchen and mail birthday invitations. I don't assign each one a day. I just pick the one I want to do that day depending on my mood, the weather and my kids. As I complete each chore, I mark it off. I try not to put more than 5 things-one for each day. Even less is better when you're just starting to organize your time. Your lucky if you get it all done, since you have your daily chores, too. I take advantage of my son's naptime, too. That is when I mop, clean baths, or do things that require concentration or phone calls or computer time. Maybe this is when you could do your business stuff. Most of all be flexible, you can't expect every week to go as planned.