Additions will be in bold. As with any growing family a schedule should be adaptable as the ages and needs of the family change. Flexibility is very important in making a successful schedule.
Elisabeth Elliot said, “This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
My daily routine is split up into three segments: Morning, afternoon, and evening.
5:15: Wake up
Typically, our alarm goes off at 5:15 and I get up at that point. However, there are times we get up between 3:20 and 5:00 for the day.
The same chores are done daily:
We are now homeschooling our two oldest girls, which lessesn the packed lunches and the amount of children leaving the house for school.
Pack lunches for children and have ready to grab on the way out
Pack my husband’s lunch and snacks for the day
Laundry: Wash, dry, and put away
Put away clean dishes (I air dry dishes, so I am putting away the previous days dishes)
Get breakfast out and ready for the kids
Prepare my husband’s work clothes for the day
Make the bed
Tidy up house
DQT: Daily Quiet Time, read Bible, journal, and pray (This is the very first thing I do no matter what time I wake up)
Write my daily to-do list
Check daily planner
Check blogging planner
Sign any school-related paperwork for children, have backpacks ready, and outdoor gear.
Check emails and respond
See husband off to work
Update social media accounts (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook) for the blog.
Respond to any inquiries and blogging questions from followers/readers
Wake up children
Help younger children get dressed and make beds (Kids are responsible for bringing me their dirty laundry and tidying their rooms before breakfast. Here is how I created a morning routine for my children.)
Kids eat breakfast
Do dishes, sweep, and clean kitchen
Kids brush teeth and get ready for school
Vacuum main floor
Braid or brush hair
Drop kids off at different schools
Load wood burner at our church (2-3X/week)
My two oldest daughters begin their schooling for the day
Visit relatives (1-2 times weekly)
Volunteer at church (on certan days if needed)
Begin daily chores: sweeping, vacuuming of upstairs or basement, tidying up the house, emptying garbages,
Do my weekly chores for that scheduled day of the week
Time with Rachel: Reading, writing, singing, playing, coloring, painting, crafts…
Check in on progress of my schooling students
Begin outline of blog post or work on content creation
Put Rachel down for nap
Begin writing for the day
Make phone calls
Leave to take oldest daughter to high school for band class
Sew or repair work
Computer work, pay bills, or chores that my husband needs me to do.
With an extra 45 minutes to wait until my children are out of school, I either sit in the vehicle and write or read.
While waiting for the children to get out of school, Rachel and I read, while she eats snacks, and or we have our own silent time.
Arrival home with all six children.
Gathering of lunch boxes, emptying of backpacks, and going through children’s daily folders from schools
Preparation of dinner wtih my children and the children set the table
The children unwind in the first 30 minutes they arrive home
Spot clean in the kitchen
Switch out a load of laundry
My husband arrives home and we eat dinner by 4:30
Preparation of leftovers for tomorrows lunches
Dinner dishes cleaned by children assigned to that chore for that day
Kitchen and dining room clean up (the children and I work together on this)
Fridge, microwave, and stove wiped down on the outside
My children use this time to do homework or play after dinner chores are completed.
Children go outside to play, go for a walk or run, or play with the dog.
Remind children to pick up their toys and tidy their rooms, before reading their Bibles
Children are to read their Bibles
After Bible reading time we do our family devotions (2-3 times a week)
Media time for the children-computer, tablets, or television. While the children are enjoying media time, I either read, write, or play board games with children that don’t want media for the evening.
Bath time for the youngest children
Play board games or read books to children who don’t want television
Bedtime routine for the four youngest children
Followed by showers, reminders, and good night routine for the older two children
Fold blankets, fluff the couch, and straighten pillows on the couch.
Sweep the floor if we had popcorn for an evening snack.
Check to do list and see what did not get done
Check emails and messages
Finish blogging or writing, or working on the technical aspect of the blog
I head to bed anytime between 10 and 11:00
*My children are an integral part of my routine. They help with chores and tasks around the house.
*Flexibility is key to my routine being successful.
*I avoid television, social media, and other distractions during the main part of my workday. It is too easy for me to get off task and waste time.
*Multi-tasking is a major time saver
In concluding this portion of the series, I would like to encourage to read Weekly Chores and see and what my routine looks like for the week.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home