Week 33: An organizing family rhythm

This week I can’t share any photos because while we were on vacation my memory card reader gave out. All my photos are stuck on the camera until the new card reader I ordered arrives (including Peter’s monthly photo for four months old).

In the mean time, I’ve been working on a little bit of a different kind of organizing, but I already feel like it’s helping. I recently read the book Simplicity Parenting and now my husband is reading a little each night out loud so I am hearing it again.

One of the key concepts in the book is a family rhythm. The author focuses on how it will help children feel secure, know what to expect, and have an easier time with transitioning from one activity to the next. He also acknowledges that having a family rhythm helps parents too. I think this is really going to combat the overwhelm I’ve been feeling lately.

So far, here are a few of the things I’ve come up with. (When I first wrote this I put in the times and days but then I thought maybe this is a little too much information about our comings and goings for the internet, so I pulled them out. Please excuse the awkwardness of the Xs, I’m not sure how else to write it.)

Each day we:

  • Eat breakfast at X
  • Have a snack around X and lunch around X
  • Meet with other families, go out for a walk, go to the park or do a chore for the day from X to X
  • Take a nap/have quiet time from X to X
  • Eat dinner around X and clean up together
  • Read for at least 15 minutes after dinner
  • Go to bed by X

Each week we:

  • Pick up our CSA share on X
  • Do laundry on X
  • Have the apartment cleaned at the beginning of the weekend  (so we can enjoy the weekend without worrying about chores!)
  • Go to the farmer’s market on X, and usually enjoy a meal at a farm-to-table restaurant after

Weekly meals:

We have soaked oatmeal for breakfast every morning with cinnamon, soaked and dried walnuts, cream and whatever fruit we got in our CSA or some blueberries from the freezer. On Sundays we make a special breakfast, like pastured bacon and fried eggs or blueberry pancakes with sprouted flour.

I used to have a type of dish I made each night of the week, with pizza on Friday being the most consistent. I fell out of doing that in the last several months, but really want to start again. I’m not sure yet, but I was thinking:

  • Monday: beef (meatloaf, hamburgers)
  • Tuesday: soup (hot or cold)
  • Wednesday: veggies (grilled, roasted, raw)
  • Thursday: eggs (frittata)
  • Friday: pizza (with whatever veggies are in the fridge)
  • Saturday: seafood
  • Sunday: slow cooker

Does anyone else do this? What are your categories?

Blogging:

Lastly, I’m still trying to figure out how this blog fits into the picture. As you can tell, I have been on a little hiatus. I really enjoy writing and connecting with others that I would never otherwise get to learn from (and I love to hear in person from friends and family who lurk!), but I find that it usually takes me 1-2 hours to put most posts together. Not to mention the time I spend reading others’ blogs. I definitely can’t do that daily since this is just a hobby (I earned a mere $15 in my first year from associate links). I’d love to hear from others about how you get your posts completed and how much time you spend each day or week blogging.

Don’t forget to check out everyone’s progress on their 52 Weeks of Organizing.