Creating a Minimalist Weekly Rhythm |How to Easily Manage Your Home Part 4

Creating a Minimalist Weekly Rhythm |How to Easily Manage Your Home Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of the series How to Easily Manage Your Home!

In this post, we will be switching gears a little bit.

Previously in our series, we have focused mainly on Daily Routines:

The reason we wanted to start with the daily routines is that the weekly routines tend to change from day to day. So we want to make sure that we have a solid foundation for the daily habits before we move onto the more flexible rhythms.

(Remember to grab that Easy Home Management Checklist if you want to follow along and make sure you are setting up every routine along with me!)

But now that we have those systems under our belt, we are ready to start talking about the week as a whole.

This post will be focusing on creating your weekly routine, or schedule, or rhythm, or any other name you want to give it!

No matter what you call it though, the basic goal of our weekly rhythm will be to provide some structure to our week and keep us from overwhelming our kids with busy schedules.

Let’s get started!

And if you prefer to watch instead of read, check out this video:

How to Create a Weekly Rhythm

1) Grab Your Tools

If you want to create your routine along with me, grab your pen and notebook so we can get started.

And if you are using the same templates that I am using, grab your Autopilot Workbook.

If you are creating your own template, you’ll want to turn your notebook or piece of paper horizontally. And your template should look something like this:

Weelky Block Schedule Sample

2) Write the Days of the Week

Just like the sample shows you above, go ahead and write the days of the week across the top of your template.

3) Write the Names of the Blocks

If you are using the Autopilot Workbook, fill in the names of the blocks in the coral ovals on the left-hand side of the template.

If you are creating your own, you can just write the block names to the left of your columns.

4) Decide on Simple Days and Busy Days

I originally got this idea of creating a weekly rhythm from Kim John Payne in his book Simplicity Parenting (which I highly recommend if you want to raise your children in a simple way).

In the book, he recommends not having too many “Busy” days in a row because it is hard on children if they are running from activity to activity all the time.

It is very overwhelming for children if they don’t have any downtime, much more overwhelming for them than it is for us.

So I decided that I wanted to build my week around this principle to ensure that I gave my children plenty of time to just be children.

5) Decide on Weekend Labels First

Since weekends tended to be our busiest days, I first chose one weekend day to be Busy and on to be Simple.

On the Busy weekend day we would be able to go do things, skip naps, see friends, have late nights, and just enjoy the day.

On the Simple one, we would stick closer to home and give the girls a chance to catch up on naps, get to bed on time, and just have a more relaxing day.

For us, this naturally made Saturday our Busy day because that is the day we go to church. After church, we often hang out with friends, go on hikes, and play board games in the evenings.

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6) Decide on Weekday Labels

Now obviously there aren’t an even number of days in a week, so you will have to decide if you want to have more busy days or more simple days in your week.

I recommend, especially if your children are young, to have more simple days (4) in your week and less busy days (3).

So when I was deciding when of the Weekdays would be Simple or Busy, I first wanted to look at my absolute busiest day of the week and make sure it was surrounded by Simple days.

Like I already mentioned, our business day is Saturday so I wanted to make sure that Friday was a Simple day.

Then I just alternated Busy and Simple throughout the weekdays.

Now, this obviously leaves me with two Simple days in a Row on Sunday and Monday. But that actually works really well for us because it gives the girls two days to relax after the busy weekend.

Wednesday is a bit of a hybrid day right now because we do have music lessons on Wednesdays after naps, but I try to keep it simple in the mornings and make sure they still get good naps on this day.

So once you’ve decided on your labels, go ahead and write them down on your template.

7) Fill Out the Blocks

The last thing that you want to do is fill in the blocks on the template.

As you can see in the example, I am just writing about general types of activities and not specific times and appointments.

That is because this template is just to give the week a structure and let me know when I do need to set appointments which blocks will be best to put them in.

Here is the example again for reference:

Weekly Block Schedule Sample from the Autopilot Workbook

And if you want to see the current weekly routine that we use, check out this video where I update my weekly rhythm.

8) Print Additional Pages for Your Planner

Once you have your overall routine for the week in place, print off several additional sheets of this template, three-hole punch them and put them in your binder (or make your own if you are doing that).

Then you can use these as your weekly planner and keep track of all of your appointments and your actual schedule from week to week.

That way you can easily see each week at a glance and can ensure that the proper activities are going into the proper blocks.

If you want any more information about weekly rhythms and why you want to do this when you have kids, check out this post.

How to Create a Perfect Weekly Routine When You Have Children

Ready to Start Easily Managing Your Home?

If you are ready to get all of your routines in place so that your home practically runs itself, check out my course Put Your Home on Autopilot!

In Put Your Home on Autopilot, you will learn how to set up

  • A Daily Block Schedule
  • A Laundry Routine
  • A Kitchen Cleaning Routine
  • A Morning Routine for Mom
  • A Morning Routine for Each Kid
  • An Evening Routine for Each Kid
  • An Evening Routine for Mom
  • A Weekly Cleaning Routine
  • A Chore Routine for Each Kid
  • And More!

In just 8 weeks or less you will go from feeling overwhelmed to in control. And if you have any questions along the way, I’m only an email away!

I hope to see you inside the course!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Resources for Creating Your Routines.)

Want 7 Extra Hours Every Week? Grab the Streamline Your Home Quick-Start Guide!

Want to Get 7 Extra Hours in Your Week?

Then check out Simply Streamlined!

In Simply Streamlined, you will learn how to 

  • Declutter Your Home
  • Put Effective Routines in Place
  • Create a Set-It-and-Forget-It Meal Plan
  • Get Your Finances Under Control

Simply Streamlined walks you through exactly how to Completely Streamline Your Home in just 15 Minutes a Day!

Plus you will receive

  • Cluttered to Calm Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Put Your Home on Autopilot Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Master Your Money Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • AND Weekly Live Coaching Calls!

I hope to see you inside the program!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Streamlining Resources!)

How to Create the Perfect Weekly Schedule for you and your Kids.
How to Create a Weekly Routine for Your Family
How to Create a Perfect Weekly Rhythm When You Have Children
See you on the next one! Kassy
How to Create a Simple Weekly Schedule for Busy Moms | The Minimalist Weekly Rhythm You Need!

How to Create a Simple Weekly Schedule for Busy Moms | The Minimalist Weekly Rhythm You Need!

Ross and I have always been up for anything, even at a moment’s notice.

Unless we already have plans, any invitation to do something fun will have us loading into the car for an adventure.

When we had our first daughter we wanted to continue to be up for anything at a moment’s notice, but we also knew that babies and young children needed structure. So how could we balance both?

We didn’t want to be tied to a schedule that we could never break, but we also wanted to teach our children to sleep and eat well… which we knew would be easier if they had a predictable rhythm.

So I started using a weekly rhythm in an attempt to balance the two things that we knew we needed for our family, and it worked like a charm!

Having a weekly routine helped me to create the predictability that children love and crave, but it also allowed for plenty of flexibility and spontaneity when we needed it.

What is a Weekly Rhythm?

Even when you use a Daily Bock Schedule, it can be easy to over-schedule and over-complicate our lives.

That’s where the Weekly Rhythm comes into place.

The Weekly Rhythm allows the week to have a predictable ebb and flow between Busy Days and Simple Days, without allowing one to take over the other.

Having this Rhythm in your life will also ensure that your extroverted family members get their out-of-the-house time, while your introverted family members get their at-home time.

Organize Your Life with a Weekly Routine that combines simplicity and productivity.

How to Create a Weekly Rhythm

In Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne describes having “A” days and “B” days when you are creating your weekly rhythm.

I prefer to call these days “Busy Days” and “Simple Days” to be sure that everything is clear, but you can call them whatever you’d like.

Everyone will naturally have days that are busy, full, and crazy; but they need to be balanced by days that are simple, easy, and peaceful.

To create this balance, we need to designate Busy Days and Simple Days

1) Decide on Your Busy and Simple Weekend Days

Weekends can especially get overloaded with too many activities and become stressful.

To keep this from happening, the first thing that you need to do is choose one weekend day that is going to be Busy, and one that will be Simple.

It’s good to have at least one Simple Day in your weekend so that your kids can recover from all of the busyness…even if that means that your busy day will be busier.

I’ve found that it is better to have one really busy day and one simple day, instead of having two days that are both a little bit busy.

Since we go to church on Saturday, this is our Busy Day.

Saturdays often include going on hikes, bike rides, hanging out with friends, and game nights.

Saturday is the only day of the week that I’m ok with naps being pushed late or skipped and the girls getting to bed late (or even going to sleep at other people’s houses and getting woken up to go home).

So to balance this out, Sunday is a Simple Day at our house.

On Sundays, we catch up on yard work, clean up from any company we had the day before, and we are very particular about making sure that naps happen on time (or early!) and getting them to bed early.

2) Choose Busy and Simple Week Days

Now decide how many Busy and Simple days you will have in your week.

I recommend having at least 2 Simple Week Days and 3 Busy Week Days, but I prefer to have 3 Simple Week Days and 2 Busy Week Days.

You can do whatever works for your life, but I suggest erring on the side of having more Simple Days than Busy Days when you are first getting started. You can always add in more Busy Days if you need to later.

To determine which days of the week should be Simple or Busy, look back at your weekend.

Since I know that our Saturdays are very busy, Friday is a Simple Day for us. I make sure that the girls get down for naps early and get to bed early on Friday so that they are ready for a busy day on Saturday!

I like to have my Simple Days and Busy Days alternate to avoid having the girls (especially my second daughter who is my introvert) getting overstimulated and overwhelmed from going all of the time.

So I just work backward from there: Thursday is a Busy Day, Wednesday is a Simple Day, Tuesday is a Busy Day, and Monday is a Simple Day.

Simple, Simple, Busy, Simple, Busy, Simple, Busy

That gives me two simple days in a row with Sunday and Monday being Simple, but I like having two days to catch up on sleep for the girls.

For us, even on the busy days, I am really particular about nap time and bedtime (except for Saturday). I use my Out-Of-The-House Block to run errands and schedule appointments on my Busy Weekdays, but I do my best to be home for the Nap Time Block.

Even on your busy days, you want to make sure that you let your kids rest in between all the busyness.

If you want to learn more about how to set your home up for success, check out my 6 part mini-series How to Easily Manage Your Home!

Want 7 Extra Hours Every Week? Grab the Streamline Your Home Quick-Start Guide!

Ready to Start Easily Managing Your Home?

Ready to Start Easily Managing Your Home?

If you are ready to get all of your routines in place so that your home practically runs itself, check out my course Put Your Home on Autopilot!

In Put Your Home on Autopilot, you will learn how to set up

  • A Daily Block Schedule
  • A Laundry Routine
  • A Kitchen Cleaning Routine
  • A Morning Routine for Mom
  • A Morning Routine for Each Kid
  • An Evening Routine for Each Kid
  • An Evening Routine for Mom
  • A Weekly Cleaning Routine
  • A Chore Routine for Each Kid
  • And More!

In just 8 weeks or less you will go from feeling overwhelmed to in control. And if you have any questions along the way, I’m only an email away!

I hope to see you inside the course!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Resources for Creating Your Routines.)

The Minimalist Weekly Routine You Need in Your Life

Ready to Get 7 Extra Hours in Your Week?

Then check out Simply Streamlined!

In Simply Streamlined, you will learn how to 

  • Declutter Your Home
  • Put Effective Routines in Place
  • Create a Set-It-and-Forget-It Meal Plan
  • Get Your Finances Under Control

Simply Streamlined walks you through exactly how to Completely Streamline Your Home in just 15 Minutes a Day!

Plus you will receive

  • Cluttered to Calm Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Put Your Home on Autopilot Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Master Your Money Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • AND Weekly Live Coaching Calls!

I hope to see you inside the program!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Streamlining Resources!)

You May Also Enjoy…

If you want to see how to create a Simple Daily Block Schedule to organize your day, check out How to Create a Daily Routine with a Simple Block Schedule.

If you want to see how I work cleaning into my Weekly and Daily Routines check out My Simple Weekly Cleaning Schedule, the Routine That Took Me From Overwhelmed to In Control.

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See you on the next one! Kassy