In your home and homeschool
How do you feel after a job well done? I know I feel satisfied and happy when I have done a job well. But I have to be careful not to fall into the trap of perfectionism while doing a job well. I can can overboard with trying to do a job well, and I want to help you release the guilt if you feel you are not doing a job well because it does not live up to your perfectionism. I have to remind myself that I am juggling a lot of balls every day, and when the boys help me around the house, it is important to not go behind them and redo a job because it does not meet my perfectionism. It’s ok if the towels are not folded perfectly. It’s ok if the stack of washcloths is not perfect. It’s ok if they miss a few crumbs when they sweep the kitchen for me. It’s ok if their swish and swipe in the bathroom is not perfect.
What I have found to help them the most is to compliment what they have done. Everyone likes to have their work acknowledged, so even if the job is not perfect find something positive to say to them and thank them for helping you. It is much easier to build self-esteem in your children than to tear them down.
- Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
- Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
- Swish and Swipe
- Start Your Laundry
- Decide on Dinner
- Check Your Calendar
- Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
- Go through your craft supplies and toss the paint that is dried up and no longer useful. If you have to throw out much of your collection watch the craft stores for a sale. They usually have a good sale on craft paints before school starts.
- Eat Lunch
- Clear off One Hot Spot
- Reboot the Laundry
- Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
- Drink Your Water
- Zone Focus: Entrance, Front Porch, Dining Room – Look around the entrance to your home. Do you see clutter in that area that needs to be put away? Spend 15 minutes decluttering around your main entrance.
- Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.
Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. Stop for ice cream or slushies. We stopped for half price slushies on errand day.
When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)
- Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
- Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
- Put things at your launch pad
- Shine Your Sink
- Clean Off a Hot Spot
- Go to Bed at Decent Hour