This year I am doing a weekly series every Monday on organizing. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more.
In Organize Now, Week Five is morning routine, and Week Six is evening routine. I am changing the plan! Week Five is now daily routines, and Week Six is weekly plan.
I have found that the best way for me to deal with my ADD is to have routines. Years ago I found the Flylady, and I adopted most of her systems, and have tweaked them until they work for me. Of all of the “systems” I use, I would have to say that hers is the cornerstone.
Before we get to a routine, we need to talk about the control journal. The control journal is called a lot of things in the blog world…control journal, household binder….whatever you call it, the principle is the same. It is a place to store your routines.
So get yourself a binder. It doesn’t have to be pretty for now, just a binder. Here is a starter list:
• A binder
• Some paper
• Sheet protectors
• Dry erase markers
A pouch for your notebook for pens and stuff
The Flylady has her own series on how to set up your control journal, and you can find it here. Mine started out exactly like hers, but it has changed over the years. Her dividers are:
Daily routines and reminders
Basic weekly plan
Menus and grocery list
Whereas mine are:
Daily (my daily routines)
Weekly (my weekly routines)
You will have to decide what works for you.
So last week I talked about the daily routine. This week we will work on the weekly plan. Here is where I start to stray from Flylady.
Flylady’s weekly plan goes like this:
Monday: Weekly Home Blessing (big cleaning day)
Tuesday: Free Day
Wednesday: Zone Cleaning and Partial Desk Time
Thursday: Grocery and Errand Day
Friday: Paperwork and Misc., Date Night
Saturday: Family Fun Day
Sunday: Renew Your Spirit Day
I do like having each day of the week to do certain tasks. Flylady likes to have Monday as the day where you do a big clean, then you spend 15 minutes a day in the current “Zone.” There is a detailed explanation of this here. I like this method for detailed cleaning, but as far as regular cleaning goes, I prefer the method used by Time Warp Wife.
Here is the Time Warp Wife method:
Wednesday: kitchen, grocery planning
Thursday: floors and dusting
Saturday: outside chores
Everyone’s life is different. Right now, I don’t have a job outside the home, so what works for me now is not the same thing that worked for me when I worked three night shifts a week in the ER. Grocery shopping and errands may need to be on your payday, and you may need to have more free days and double up on others.
Here is my weekly plan:
MONDAY : BATHROOM DAY
TUESDAY: BEDROOM DAY
WEDNESDAY: KITCHEN DAY
THURSDAY: DUST AND FLOORS DAY
FRIDAY: ERRAND DAY
SATURDAY: OUTSIDE DAY
SUNDAY: DESK DAY
So set it up how it works for you. Do the same thing you did for the daily routine. Take 7 sheets of paper, label them Monday-Sunday, and start making a rough draft of your weekly plan.
Here are the pages of my weekly plan:
Here are some other posts I have done on control journals…
My Mobile Office Tote
Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning
Daily and Weekly Checklist
My 2013-2014 DIY Planner
Getting Started With a Control Journal
These are some great links about control journals:
A Bowl Full Of Lemons Home Management Binder
i heart organizing household binder
The Nest Effect Home Management Binder
Clean Mama Homekeeping Binder