Establishing household rhythms is an invaluable tool for increasing your productivity so you can have more free time to play and enjoy life. The more consistent household rhythms become the better home life will be.
Establish Household Rhythms
Household rhythms consist of all the activities and routines that each member of the family performs daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, and yearly. Establishing household rhythms can help you care for your children, manage your household, and get things done. Find out how below!
Daily Household Rhythms
A Daily rhythm consists of activities that are repeated every day. This includes things such as meals, sleep times, work times, and daily chores. These rhythms will of course, vary person to person and household to household.
Daddy’s day may be entirely different from the rest of the household but there will most likely be overlap in the mornings and/or evenings. The more consistent these individual and family rhythms become the more efficiently your household will run. To learn how to create a daily and weekly rhythm click on the following link:
To learn how to create a daily and weekly rhythm click on the following link: Establishing A Daily Rhythm.
Weekly Household Rhythms
Weekly rhythms consist of the activities that you do consistently throughout the week. This could be activities such as swimming on Tuesday’s, play dates on Wednesdays, and park days on Thursdays. Another example would be an employee that works in different locations throughout the week. Other weekly rhythms that can be incorporated include cleaning schedules and meal plans. [See resources below.]
My family follows the colors of the day found in the Waldorf tradition. Wearing purple on Mondays helped the children in my home daycare know that it was purple day, and on purple day we did puzzles after breakfast. [Click on the link above to learn what the colors of the day are and more about why we use them.]
Do you know how easy it became to run my home childcare with daily and weekly rhythms like these? It was amazing!
Breakfast would end and everyone would head toward the next part of our daily rhythm — which was the daily activity — and because I was wearing purple the kids learned to go get the puzzles out while I tidied the kitchen. Genius!
Isn’t the power of habit grand! The bonus: transitions also became a breeze… and I had 3 under 2’s and a 2 1/2 year-old in my care!
Monthly Household Rhythms
Monthly rhythms consist of the activities that you perform regularly every month. Monthly cleaning chores, household & personal reviews usually fall into this category. Examples include working on the household budget, completing goal reviews, or attending a monthly meeting.
Your household rhythms may look different than mine, but there will always be cycles of things you do regularly. Increase your productivity by making space for these rhythms at regular times each month.
Seasonal Household Rhythms
I have personally found incorporating seasonal elements and celebrations into my family’s rhythms provides meaning and brings a sense of connection to our lives. Seasonal rhythms are the activities we do seasonally such as go swimming in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Seasonal rhythms also consist of things you do in and around your home during the different seasons of the year such as planting flowers in the spring and raking leaves in the fall. Another example would be the using a nature table in the home that changes to reflect the seasons.
Yearly Household Rhythms
Yearly household rhythms consist of the activities that you do every year — taxes anyone? How about making those easier by writing down your daily and/or weekly expenses, and doing a monthly budget review?
These are all household rhythms you can establish to make your life easier to live. It will free up your time and help you feel a lot less stressed around tax season, I guarantee it! It will also help you become more aware of your finances so you can get out of debt.
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Yearly rhythms are also found in holidays and other celebrations and family traditions that occur once a year. Some people consider spring cleaning a yearly rhythm and I would agree. Our family cleans and de-clutters our whole house every spring making it one of our yearly rhythms.
How to Establish Household Rhythms
Establishing household rhythms does not mean that you have to include all of them, especially at first. that’s crazy making! Start slowly by adding one new routine or habit at a time.
In my family, we have found that following daily and weekly rhythms help keep everything together, even when life falls apart. The more consistent household rhythms become the better home life will be — this is especially true for young children.
If you don’t have kids or are single, establishing household rhythms are an invaluable tool for increasing your productivity so you can have more free time to play and enjoy life.
If your rhythms are not consistent, making them consistent will give you both the space to get things done and the freedom to live the life of your dreams.
Resources to Help You Establish Household Rhythms:
Free Rhythm Planner
- Household Management Forms from Money Saving Mom [Main link to free printables including household management & meal plans]
- How to Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You from Living Well Spending Less
- Cleaning Schedule from DIY Home Sweet Home
- Free Meal Planning Printables from Free Homeschool Deals
- Monthly Meal Planning from The Resourceful Gals
- Free Weekly Meal Planning Printables from Sew Much Crafting
- Home Finance Printables from World Label Co.
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