Hi there, Thirty Handmade Days readers! I’m Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog, and I’m so delighted that Mique invited me to pop over and hang out with you today! If you visit my blog, it won’t take you long to figure out that I am just a *smidge* obsessed with organization and productivity. I love organizing our spaces, our schedules, and since I’m always up for a challenge, I also love organizing our kids as well. ;)
Whether they’re home for the summer or are smack dab in the middle of the school year, I find that our two boys (currently ages 7 & 4) really do best when they have a routine and consistency in their schedule. That’s not to say that we have every moment planned out, but when we have a general structure to our days, I find that things seem to go a lot more smoothly.
When I came to this realization, I did what I always do when I attempt to get organized: I made a printable. Printables are so simple, but they can be incredibly helpful organizational tools, and this one has been no exception.
I simply broke down our day into three parts– morning, afternoon, and evening– and left space to write down times and coordinating activities. Once I have our routines written out, I like to keep this sheet in a place that we can easily see it, like on our refrigerator or in the kids’ area in our main living space. (Every family’s needs and schedule will be different, so I tried to keep the printable pretty open ended.)
So for example, our summer morning routine might look like:
7-8 am – Wake up and get ready for the day
8-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30-10 am – Free play and outdoor time
10-11 am – Reading, activity books, and flash cards
11 – 11:30 am – Lunch
Now does our routine and schedule go as planned every single day? Definitely not. This may be an outline of our ideal day, but in reality, things come up, kids are cranky, we spontaneously decide to take a trip or run some errands, etc. But some structure for our day gives us something to shoot for, keeps us moving, and helps get rid of the “I’m booorrrreeeddd…” syndrome that seems to happen every summer. Then when back-to-school time comes around, we can print out a new planning sheet and think about how we want our days to look with school thrown in the mix!
Speaking of school, if you’re already starting to plan ahead with your kiddos, I’m also sharing a set of coordinating student binder printables over on my blog today to help the kids get organized for the year! You can snag them here. :)
And if you’re looking for even more pretty organizational printables, you can get access to my free library of printables that is exclusively for my newsletter subscribers by signing up here.
Thank you so much to Mique for having me over today, and thank YOU for reading! Happy planning!
Abby Lawson is the author of Just a Girl and Her Blog where she strives to create a beautiful, thriving home, life, and business and helps others do the same. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Donnie and their two young sons, Connor and Caleb.