I have tried various types of organization systems and this is what worked the best for me. I like to have everything right there in front of me, it makes planning SO much easier. I know what I need to be doing an when.
Let me see if I can explain it better.
The first line under the days of the weeks lists the room(s) that I need to be deep cleaning that day. I find that if you tackle one small section of your house a day for about 45 min- a hour and just tidy through the day your house will always be ready for company. I plan on doing a post about all of my cleaning schedules later on, and when I do I will be sure to link it here.
After that I have my day broken down into 30 minute increments, this makes it easier for me to plan. Some people use the 1 hour increments or even 15 minute increments... choose what is going to work for you.
Between when I wake up (around 6:30) until 8:30 is my time. I do my yoga first thing in the morning, before I have had anything to eat or drink. Then I sit down with my bible and have my morning devotion and meditation. I find that this wakes me up better than coffee ever could. This is also the time that I do my morning chores in prep for breakfast. I will empty the dishwasher (loaded the night before) and quickly wipe down the counters and tidy anything that is out of place.
Around 8:30 my adorable son will wonder down the stairs and tell me "morning mommy, I had a good nap!"...no matter how long or when he sleeps... it is always a nap to him. So cute! I will make him his juice and his breakfast. Grey gets his breakfast on a TV tray in the living room because he is a grazer. Most days it will take him about 1-2 hours to actually finish his breakfast, so I just leave it there until he is done.
While he is enjoying his TV shows and his breakfast I will tackle my room for the day. Sometimes he will even come "help" me.
Then we move on to his "homeschooling" i don't know if you would really call it home-school per-say, but we do focus on learning activities for about an hour every morning before lunch time. Here is what we did today....
I will let him do his school work at the kitchen bar sometimes while I make us lunch. After lunch we play games and read stories... just anything really until nap time.
I am VERY strict about his nap time, because in the past I have just let him go to sleep whenever and I have seen the ill effects of my ways. So now at 1pm he is going to bed... sometimes I have to put him back a few times but he eventually goes to sleep.
While he is sleeping I am doing my school work (paralegal) or blogging. Sometimes that time is used to try new recipes or make a craft... and sometimes I just veg in front of the Food Network for a few hours if I don't have any school work that needs my immediate attention.
He will wake up around 3-3:30 most days, I will fix him a snack and turn him a show on while I finish whatever I was working on at the time. I do not wake him up unless he sleeps past 5:30. Waking him up will result in a VERY long VERY bad evening.
After his snack we will go outside and play for a bit if the weather is nice, until it is time for me to start dinner. Between 5-7:30 we just kind of go with the flow. I'll cook and we will eat, play some games, watch a movie... just whatever.
He takes his bath at 8:00 and in the bed by 8:30... EVERY night. After he goes to bed I do school work, work on the blog, tidy up the house and watch TV and I try to be in bed by 10:30... sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't.
That is pretty much how our days go everyday. If you look at the schedule you can see that I have a planned shopping trip for tonight, and we will be going to the Library and having a picnic in the park on Thursday. We normally do that on Tuesdays but we are supposed to have bad weather tomorrow. Friday, I will be spending the better part of my day at my mom's house.
I love how versatile my schedule is. It might look a little over planned but truly there is always room to make changes and move things around. Also, if something unscheduled happens I find it easier to just find what I am supposed to be doing when I get back home and start there. I don't try to go back to 7am and play catch up. It will all get done in time. No need to worry.
I hope that by my explaining it you can see how useful having a schedule truly is. My household just runs so much better when we are organized and the home is clean.
Do you use a schedule? Daily, weekly, or monthly?