Yesterday I wasn’t feeling good, and my mom helped me out big time. She took my kids and allowed me to rest. When she brought them home, her being in my home helped me more than she knows. Her physical presence cast a different light on my priorities.
During this back to school series, I have intentionally spent more time blogging. I can’t believe that my daily word count has been in thousands! It truly has shown me how much I’m capable of writing, and has put to rest the fear that I won’t be able to finish what I started.
But when one thing receives more attention, another thing usually receives less.
In this case, it’s been my housekeeping.
Writing this series is just for a season, and a short one at that. It’s a special situation taking attention and intention in order to accomplish. This morning, I woke up still not quite right, so I went back to bed.
I preached grace to myself that if I didn’t post today – the world would go on and my readers would understand (you’re great like that – thanks!).
While I think it’s important to be flexible; it is also important to recognize when a special situation has taken too much away from the normal order of priorities.
And that’s how my mom’s presence helped me yesterday. Seeing her in my space gave me the perspective that I need to slow down and reorganize my priorities in order to accomplish more housekeeping.
My focus on setting up the schoolroom for officially starting school has been getting more and more unbalanced and the rest of the house has suffered.
But that’s not all. I realized that since we moved into our house at the beginning of July, I haven’t had my children do any household chores other than clean their rooms.
So today that all changed, and boy are we are better for it.
The challenge for today in the #Back2School in #31Days series is to set up a daily chore list for the kids in addition to my regular chores.
Ironically, housekeeping came up in a conversation over swings with another homeschool mom this past weekend. I told my friend, I do one household chore per day. I don’t overload myself and I don’t do housework perfectly. One area per day is enough to keep me focused and consistent.
Here’s my regular chore list:
- Monday: Kitchen
- Tuesday: Bathroom
- Wednesday: Tidy Bedrooms, declutter
- Thursday: Tidy Main Areas, dust and declutter
- Friday: Floors
- Saturday: Catch up day
I also try to keep a steady flow of laundry – one load per day. The free videos from the last Ultimate Bundle Sale addressed this, and it really has helped me with creating and maintaining a better laundry routine (although writing this series has set me off that routine a bit).
For the kids, I started them off today with household chores! I assigned jobs based on ability and interest:
- My detail oriented son: vacuum
- My collection and pattern friendly girl: fold laundry
The schedule for them will be flexible for a while, but I’m so excited to get little chore routine established for them that goes well with our block schedule.
Kids’ Chores Research:
- List of 20 Chores for 7-year-olds (perfect average for my 6- and 8-year olds)
- List of Chores for Toddlers
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This is Day 18 in the #31Days to #Back2School series; check out Day 1 and the Index by clicking here.
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