How do you keep the house clean(ish), get everyone up and ready on time, and make sure everyone takes turns feeding the dogs? You write it all down.
I love lists. If it is written down, that's one less thing in my head. There are days when my head is spinning! I cannot keep up with whose turn it is to feed the dog or even who cleaned the kitchen yesterday. So I came up with this:
It has been a life saver. It looks like a lot of stuff to do in the morning. Look closely. The very first thing you are supposed to do: wake up. The next thing: brush your teeth. There are only 1-2 jobs assigned every day. Nothing hard, just 'it's your turn' type of jobs.
I was very specific on what was to be done. I even listed "get your Bible and water bottle" for Sunday mornings.
Not every home will need to be this specific, but it helps out a lot around here.
If you would like a copy of this (made in excel) email me. I haven't figured out how to attach a template yet (or a link to a template). It is totally customize-able. I even made one for myself, and had 3 pre-made for 'just in case' we got kids who were old enough to handle a list like this. So far Little M has her own. She is 7 and wants to help out. Why not remind her what to do every morning.
We have been using this list for over two years now. Every once in a while (usually when the page needs to be reprinted) I will change things up and switch jobs around. Most of the routine is the same. I know that Sundays and Mondays are extra busy mornings, that why the jobs are the easiest on those days. I know that Fridays are our easiest day - so the jobs may be a little bigger.
This chart is a constant work-in-progress. Even though this one has been in use for several months, you can see a scratch out. I refuse to reprint for a single mistake. Our lives are constantly changing - so we pencil in the changes and reprint when it's too messy to read.
Give it a try. It works for 4 out of 5 of my children.
I am currently working on a list - with all photos - for my non-reader. I will let you know how that goes.