How We Keep It Together (And Free Weekly Planner Templates!)

by Merissa on July 6, 2015

in Organization 101

Free Weekly Planner Templates - Little House Living

Free Weekly Planner Templates

We've been having a long summer so far. It's one doctors appointment after another for our oldest son, I've been working on things with the book, we've got a large garden this year that takes a lot of maintaining, and just the rest of life in general. I've entered that phase of motherhood where I couldn't tell you if I showered this morning or what day of the month it is...I just don't remember.

But one good thing has come out of all of the craziness...one, very detailed, schedule. It takes a little bit to maintain but I usually welcome the sanity of sitting down on Sunday night and going over everything that needs to get done. Today I'm going to share our system with you.

I've tried various schedules, chore charts, lists....none of it worked for us and our family dynamic so that's why we ended up creating our own hodge podge calendar. It may not work for your family either but you won't know until you give it a try!

Our system consists of 5 different printable pages, a calendar, and another small white board. I'll start with the 5 pages and why they are important.

Daily Chores

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Daily Chores Printable

If the daily chores don't get done, things don't keep moving around our house. This is a printable that we only print once a season (since our chores can change by the season). It's a visual reminder of what chores need to be completed each day and about what time of day they should be done by. Some of the things I have on this list are: Outside Chores (ie: feeding animals), washing dishes, filling up our Berkey water filter, etc. Anything we do daily goes on this master list.

Daily Routine

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Daily Routine Printable

The Daily Routine is another master list that we keep. Because of their background, our children do not function well without a strong routine. Having a crazy and chaotic day happens once in a while, but we like to avoid it if at all possible. The boys love to know when it's going to be lunchtime, when its bath time, or when they can expect to go to bed, all things that they can tell from what happens during our daily routine. I don't assign times to things that we do during the day (ie: lunch is not strictly at noon) and it's not a schedule of exactly what we will do (ie: I don't plan what happens during playtime! πŸ™‚ ). It's just a sequence of events that happen in order during the day.

Weekly To Do

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Weekly To Do Printable

The Weekly To Do is something I print off each week and usually plan out on Sunday night before the week begins. For us it contains the extra things that need to happen during the week like chores that don't happen every day (dusting, washing towels, etc). I love this chart because these are the things I tend to forget about! I also use it to pencil in things that I need to make ahead of time to coordinate with my meal plan.

Shopping Lists

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Shopping Lists Printable

I don't know about you but I do not shop at one single store. I used to keep a shopping list for everything but it always got tattered (or usually lost) as I took it from store to store. Now I keep this shopping list printable which is 3 shopping lists going at the same time for the places I generally shop (one list for Azure or coop orders, one list for Costco, and one list for Walmart/Target). Before I head to the store I just cut off the list that I need so I don't need to take the entire sheet with me. So easy! I wish I'd done this a long time ago...

Weekly Menu

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Weekly Menu Printable

A combination of living with allergies, sticking to a budget, and not living close to a grocery store means that menu planning is an absolute must. I've tried and even created several different menu planners for this over the years but then I finally realized...we need to plan out our snacks just as much as we need to plan out our suppers! Each week I sit down on Sunday night and use my Favorite Meal Binder Method to plan out our meals for the week. I add anything we need to my shopping list and have my recipes right there in the kitchen thanks to the binder and this list.

So just a recap of those printables....the first 2 I only print once every few months (daily chores and daily routine), they are master lists. The other lists are printed weekly and planned out on Sunday nights (with the exception of the shopping list which is an on-going thing). If you want to print all of the pages I mentioned above to get started on your own planning you can grab them here:

All Chores/Routine Printables

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What does all of this look like at our house? The picture above is our "Family Management Wall". We have it near the kitchen so it's easy to access and easy to edit and add to when needed. I keep all of the printables on a cork board. As you can see, there are 2 other elements that we have in addition to the printables to make our schedule complete.

One is a dry erase calendar. This helps us keep track of the month as a whole. We write our appointments on the calendar. As you can see from the picture above, they keep us VERY busy!

The other element is the small dry erase board. On this I write our daily goals that don't fit anywhere else on the schedule. They can be work related goals, goals for our family (ie: make time to take the kids to the park), and sometimes baking goals if I didn't fit them in on another to-do list.

Will It Work For You?

This is the planner that works for our family. It keeps us sane and reminds us of things to get done when we get busy. As I'm sure you can tell by our month of appointments above, things can get hectic in a hurry, especially when we are rushing from one town to another for a different doctor or therapist. Life is hard and stressful and this calendar helps us maintain the simple life when we come home.

Some parts of it may work for your family, maybe even all of it! If you are trying to get into a routine and a schedule I would encourage you to try out some of the printables above and see what will work for you, then customize it to make it fit your family's needs. I'd love to know how you end up making this schedule work for you so make sure to come back and share details with us in the comments section!

Do you have any kind of plan or schedule that you follow right now?

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1 Linda July 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

What a great family ‘command center’ you have there!
I’ve let our routines and schedules go for some time now and need to get myself in gear. These printables and seeing how your family uses them is very helpful. Thanks so much!

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2 Amanda July 6, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Love these. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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3 Christie July 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!

Christie | LHL Assistant

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4 Lynanne July 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Hi Marissa thanks for sharing this! It came at the perfect time for our family as I have been going a little crazy trying to balance working full time and managing our household with a 2.5 y/o and a 18 mth old. We don’t have family or friends close by to help us and my husband is home w them FT to save on childcare costs and bc we feel strongly that we wanted to be home with them until school age (those early years are so important!) So… it is very very challenging to get anything done now that my 2.5 y/o no longer naps. Your system seems manageable so I’m going to give it a whirl. I like that you have broken out projects separate from household chores and have a way to set it up so you (and everyone else) can see everything at a glance!

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5 All that's Jas July 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Nothing beats free! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Can wait to see what 3 links you’ll share this week πŸ™‚

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6 Sarah Manchester July 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

Thanks for these lists. I have just started to go through the house de cluttering and deep cleaning and needed something to get it all a bit more organised and these are ideal.

I have recently discovered you and love reading everything on your site having grown up with the Little House books and the TV series which was broadcast here in the UK during the 70’s and 80’s and is being repeated now.

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