Well, today, Erin stepped on my toes. She blogged a week or so ago about a home organization notebook she was working on. Lots of our common acquaintances on twitter were talking about how she inspired them to do the same.
Earlier today I tweeted this:
But then, I read Erin's blog post today. She hosted a link-up for those that created home organization notebooks. As I was reading her blog, I felt really convicted. Erin pointed out that as a stay-at-home mom, if you don't implement structure, you don't have any structure. And OUCH! I realized that while I have been making an effort to be the best mom I can, if I'd implement a little structure, things would be much more smooth around here.
To begin with, I am going to make one of these darn notebooks. Some tabs that I plan to include are:
thirty-one- for keeping up with the tasks I need to complete for thirty-one
kodimade- same as above
meals- I am very, very bad about meal planning, and I think this costs us extra money because we end up eating out more, or not making the best use of the ingredients we have
home- I'm a terrible housekeeper. I'm awful about letting things get very out of hand, only to be very stressed and have to spend hours (or days!) cleaning. I think if I make a weekly schedule and monthly schedule of chores, the task won't seem so daunting. I'll also include things like paying bills and making appointments such as pest control.
kodi- a tab that will have lists of goals for myself, and even schedules for things like Bible study etc. I also plan to give myself "assignments" for each day, such as, read 1 chapter in a book for fun, watch 1 episode of a TV show or movie. I think this will help keep me accountable for spending my time wisely.
goals & rewards- I also need to focus on some short-term and long-term goals for our family. Paying off debt is a really big focus for us right now, so I want to keep a record of our accomplishments in these areas for the month, and reward myself (and Nathan) for good behavior as well as punish bad behavior. Some other goals are going to be getting out of bed at a certain time, being in bed by a certain time, and only having x amount of "screen time" (TV/internet)
AND the two most important tabs:
manning- I have been really failing manning as a SAHM. Since Nathan has been gone, I've let him watch too much TV, not read enough books and I haven't enforced independent play, which I believe is important. In addition, I'm going to do some planning on things I'd like to work with him on daily, such as counting, colors, letters etc.
deacon- while his needs aren't as broad as Manning's, I still need to make a point to get on the floor and play with him, read him books, sing him songs etc. Because D is such an easy-going baby, it's often easy for me to plop him in his exersaucer or jumperoo and let him play alone for awhile. This is important, but I know all too well how fast these baby years are going by, and I need to soak up every minute.
So, thank you Erin for holding me accountable.
Mommys- any ideas on how I can improve our day-to-day structure? Any advice on any of the tabs I mentioned as struggles- namely housework? How do you do it all?