Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Day in the Life

Here is a breakdown of what my day looks like, in response to a request from Heather.  Please keep in mind that this is what works for me and my family but might not work for you.

Break down of my average day
  • 6:00 am—Wake up, devotional/prayer time
  • 7:00 am—Get children, make beds, and feed kids breakfast, take out dinner
  • 7:30 am—Do morning make-up and dress routine
  • 8:00 am—eat breakfast, read the paper
  • 8:15 am—clean up breakfast dishes, get kids cleaned up and dressed
  • 8:40 am—Take M.E. to school (storytelling and free play)
  • 9:00 am—put Pax down to nap (M.E.’s solo-play time)
  • 9:10 am—start a load of laundry, clean routine, facebook/e-mail if time
  • 10:00 am—switch laundry, homework, computer time (Day of Play time)
  • 10:30-11:00 am—get Pax and feed him
  • 11:15 am—Pick M.E. up from school (free time or errand running)
  • 12:00 pm—lunch, clean up, and story time
  • 1:00 pm—naptime for Pax/quiet time for M.E.
  • 1:00-2:00 pm—House Zone cleaning, switch/fold laundry—phone time
  • 2:00-3:00 pm—homework, blog/internet/read
  • 3:00 pm—get kids up and give them a snack
  • 3:30 pm—Intentional Play Time
  • 4:30 pm—bath time (M.E. stays in forever!)/ Pax’s solo-play (10 min) (errand running)
  • 5:00 pm—start dinner, feed Pax his solids—5 at 5
  • 5:15 pm—M.E. out of the tub, watch a show or book on CD.  Keep working on dinner.
  • 5:45 pm—Stories and bed for Pax.  Read M.E. stories
  • 6:00 pm—Matt is home, dinnertime
  • 6:45 pm—Matt plays with M.E. while I clean kitchen—dishes, counters, remind myself what is for dinner tomorrow, get tea ready to go for the morning, exercise.
  • 7:30 pm—Story time, M.E. goes to bed.  Mom and Dad time! Time to play on computer, watch a  movie, do date night, read …
  • 9:30 pm—shower and bedtime routine
  • 10:00 pm—get in bed. Be asleep by 11 at the latest (hopefully!)

Why the italics in the break down?
M.E. goes to pre-school a couple days a week.  Items in italics show what we do when she’s home.

M.E.'s first day of preschool.  September 2009

Clean Routine:
 My clean routine assumes I’m starting with the house picked up, including toys put away, kitchen counters cleared and dishes done. 

I find that if I clean for 20 minutes each day that I never get snowed under by what needs cleaned up.  And yes, I can vacuum, sweep and mop in 20 minutes (it takes a while to dry).  Laundry and home improvement take a bit longer J

  • Monday—floors, errands
  • Tuesday—dust, laundry
  • Wednesday—floors, 5 minute bathrooms 
  • Thursday—glass, laundry
  • Friday—floors, dust, bathrooms (I take a bit long today so there is nothing to do on the weekend)
  • Saturday—home projects, errands
  • Sunday—home projects and laundry

House Zone cleaning:
This is a deeper cleaning I do every day for no more than 15 minutes.  Divide your house into zones and focus on REALLY cleaning that zone for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  Start at the ceiling and work down—get cobwebs, wipe baseboard, etc.  If your basic cleaning and tidying is already done, it means you can focus on deeper cleaning.

My Zones :
Week 1--Entry way and bathrooms (2)
Week 2--Kids bedrooms (2)
Week 3--Kitchen, Dining, Living room
Week 4--Master bedroom and laundry room

Again, each zone gets 1 full week of deep cleaning and then it’s off to the next zone.

Need to organize a closet or your kids’ rooms?  That’s BIGGER than a cleaning task; it’s a home project.  Wait to do it until you can devote an hour or two.  Even then, start small (which means NEVER take out more than you can put back in an hour).

Intentional Play Schedule
Monday—Manipulatives (clay, sand and water, etc.)
Tuesday—make believe
Wednesday—board games
Thursday—crafts (painting, coloring, etc.)

We also do a focused Day of Play activity on the days when M.E. doesn’t have school.

Snowed in at the cabin but with Board Game Day with Grandma Ginny, we were anything but bored!

I hate running errands so I only do it 1 or maybe 2 times a week.  Get a re-usable bag and put it near the door.  For a week put everything in it that requires an errand: library books, mail, receipts and goodies to return, grocery list, etc.  Once (or twice) a week grab your bag and run errands. Even more time saving, plan your route so you have as few left hand turns as possible (hey, it works for the UPS).

I have a gray Fashion Express bag, similar to below, that I use for my errand bag.  Function+fashion=hot mom

2-3 times a week I run on the Elliptical and do Elise Gulan's Straight to the Core 8 minute ab routine.  Do 20 push-ups before bedtime. You won't look like Elise but you'll feel great!


  1. I like your organization. I LOVE to be organized and have a plan too! :) Fun to read how someone else does it! Happy Superbowl Sunday. I came home early to put the kids to bed! :)

  2. We are pretty happy with S Bowl results :)

    Organization just makes my life a breeze. A friend asked that I post a few things to help with time management/organization, etc., so I'm going to have a few more crazy de-clutter/clean/organize tips.

    I have a way Type A sink cleaning routine that I'm posting on Tuesday :)


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