Welcome to the 4 Moms discussion of the book Large Family Logistics
by Kim Brenneman.
Here are our previous posts in this series:
This week we’re covering chapters 18-27 and talking about ordering your week.
Some of the most helpful ideas for our family are hinted at in chapter 18 (morning and evening routines, meal time routines, table time and chore time), but she doesn’t flesh these out until chapter 28 and following, so you’ll just have to make sure to come back next week.
One of the basic premises of Kim’s book and what she’s primarily covering in these middle chapters, is that it’s beneficial to have a plan to get everything that needs to be done, done. She accomplishes this by having focus days, one day a week where she spends additional time focusing on a particular aspect of running a household.
Kim’s list of focus days is:
- Laundry Day – This is in addition to doing four loads of laundry everyday. On laundry day you clean the laundry room, wash sheets, towels and other items that need washing, mend clothes that need to be mended and any other clothing related tasks.
- Kitchen Day – This day includes extra kitchen cleaning chores, extra cooking (i.e. chicken broth, bulk cooking of dried beans, making granola bars , homemade bread, tortillas, etc.)
- Office Day – Paper work, budget, reply to emails, blog, business
- Town Day – Errands, grocery shopping, etc.
- Cleaning Day – Deep cleaning, organizing, etc.
- Gardening Day – Working outside or planning for the garden, etc.
- The Lord’s Day – A day of rest and worship
My children love to cook, all of them and they all desire to spend time in the kitchen. Because of this we spread kitchen day out throughout the week with each child or group of children responsible for making something each day. For us the downsides of having one day for all or most of the extra kitchen tasks is that, 1) it ends up taking too much of our time and 2) the kitchen gets too crowded with so many people in there trying to do so many things.
However, this area could use improvement. The disadvantage of having the kitchen see heavy use each day is that it also requires heavy clean-up each day. If we moved everything to one day things would certainly be easier on that score, but so far it just hasn’t worked for us. Perhaps we need to blend the two ideas, have a kitchen focus day, but not drop the every day making of extra recipes. Any ideas?
I have a day designated as office day and I should use it primarily for blog related tasks (if you’ve emailed me in the past year or so, you’ll know that I’m very slow responding to email). (Don’t hate me, but Mark handles all our bill paying, budget keeping and money stuff and just tells me what’s happening, so I don’t have many responsibilities on that score.) However, I need to practice the self-discipline part of “Laying the Foundation” and actually tackle the tasks that need the most attention while at the same time not get so involved in what needs to be done in the paper work department that I ignore the children. Balance. *sigh*
This one I have down. One day a week to run errands, grocery shop, return items, etc. But I don’t have a SET day each week. Recently Mark and I have been blessed to meet for a lunch ‘date’ each week. Whatever day that we meet is my ‘town day’, but I don’t know what day that will be ahead of time. I just prepare my list of ‘town day’ activities and whenever I get the call from Mark I grab my list and anything that I might need and have town day. Often doing it this way involves coming back to the house after our ‘date’ to grab any children that want to run errands with me. This currently works because we live in town, just minutes from everything.
I enjoy cleaning and organizing and this is another task that we spread throughout the week. We do chores daily and while the children do most of the routine maintenance type cleaning, I tackle the deep cleaning projects during chore time each day. As we’ve been focusing on simplifying, I’ve additionally been taking some time each afternoon to go through a small area of our home and evaluate what we can give away and how we should store/organize that which we choose to keep.
We have a very small garden that doesn’t require a whole day of focus, however, I wonder if I took divided kitchen tasks between both ‘kitchen’ and ‘garden’ days, if that would solve some of our problems…..
The Lord’s Day
This we do each week. We typically invite a family over for Sunday lunch and enjoy visiting with them for as long as they will stay. When we don’t have company over on Sunday, we spend the afternoon reading and/or listening to CD’s together. We also have a lovely collection of nature DVD’s that we enjoy watching on Sunday.
The other Moms of Many:
- Kim Brenneman at Large Family Logistics
- DHM at The Common Room
- Connie at Smockity Frocks
- KimC at Life in a Shoe
Now it’s your turn, I’d love to hear how you manage your week. And please leave a comment if you have some tips for me, pretty please.
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