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I recently blogged about beating the homeschool schedule blues and I told you we’d be talking about homeschool schedules. However, homeschool schedules aren’t the only schedules we moms have to deal with. We have a home to run and no amount of positive thinking will make the house keep itself clean. So, in addition to finding a workable homeschooling schedule, we must also find a workable Homekeeping Schedule.
The first place to begin is with assessing what kind of family you have. There are basically 2 types when it comes to how things get done in a household: scheduled and routine.
Now, before you tell me that you are neither one because you are a free spirit and prefer not to commit to anything even remotely resembling something that might tie you down, let me entreat you to consider the God you serve and His attributes in this respect (remember, we are created in HIS image). God set forth timing and order to nearly everything. Our day is 24 hours, with a sunrise and a sunset. We have a 7 day week, with a day set aside for worship. The tides, the seasons, the revolutions and rotations of the planets are all in a set order. Even God’s plan for mankind’s salvation and reconciliation to Himself was set forth in a certain order. God is not a God of chaos. So, Fly By the Seat of your Pants is not an option.
How do you determine if you are a family who prefers schedules or a family who prefers routines? First of all, there are merits to both. One is not right and the other wrong. They both lead to order, just in a slightly different way.
The Scheduled Family tends to like alarm clocks. They feel their best when they rise at the same time every day with no variation. Most of the members of the family work best within time limits. They are often encouraged by accomplishing tasks on time. There is very little deviation in life from day to day, and very few outside or spur-of-the-moment trips throughout the week. Everyone enjoys knowing exactly when and what will happen next. And Daddy often has a set schedule, so there is no question as to when meal times are and when Daddy’s days off are.
The Routine Family rises at approximately the same time every day, but if they have been out later the evening before, they tend to sleep in later. Things in the home do not necessarily have a designated place. To this family, time constraints only serve to create foul moods and frustration. The joy of finishing a task often supersedes the amount of time it took to complete that task. Daily life includes many spur of the moment happenings: people dropping by, quick trips to the store, an impromptu outing with Daddy, to name a few. Daddy’s schedule is not set in stone. He is on call, or works random weekends, or later nights here and there, or possibly, Daddy works from home or has the option to be home at will. Meal times change from day to day as do Daddy’s days off.
So, now that you have a better idea of which type of family you are, you can now move forward with putting a Homekeeping Plan in place. There is a myriad of options out there for each type of family, so I couldn’t possibly touch on each one, but I will try to have several future posts that give you a place to start.
I’d also like some input from you! What type of family are you and have you found something that works well for your family dynamic? Leave it in the comment section so others can benefit from learning about what has worked for you!