Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rhythm and Organization

In an attempt to make life more predictable, enjoyable, and FULL for the girls and me, I am trying to organize our days and our house a bit more. Ashley's new series of posts over at Lil Blue Boo couldn't have come at a better time! Nicole also started an informal series about rhythm at Frontier Dreams, so it was really like fate. I had already started some of my reorganization when these two started their series, but it's giving me more momentum and inspiration. Is there something about this time of year that ignites the desire to organize?

I have always envied the Waldorf rhythms, but I didn't think it would be a good fit for our family. I couldn't have been more wrong! Take a look at these simple daily and weekly calendars I whipped up using some of Ella's old watercolor paintings:

Each tag is attached to the ribbon or the board by sticky velcro dots so they can be rearranged as necessary. I gave E the option of putting the completed activity tags into a basket below, but she was not excited by that idea so we scrapped it. I also tried to get her involved with the daily ritual of planning the day, but she wasn't interested in that, either! She prefers for me to have the tags done by the time she wakes up. I "laminated" the tags that we will use frequently by sealing them up with two sheets of contact paper, and I have a bag of extra tags ready to be written on for activities that aren't yet planned.

Here's the great thing--E adores these charts and really gets into the rhythm! She is constantly checking to see what is happening next. Another bonus I hadn't considered was that it is improving our communication. One of the tags is to denote when we have a playdate scheduled. Well, E has tried to move it onto our daily plan every single day for the past week. I didn't realize she was wanting so much more socialization! I am now trying to make time for more playdates and group activities. Win-win!

You can also see that I have a rough guideline for the daily themes. I must admit that these aren't exactly the same each week. Sometimes I know that cleaning needs to come on Tuesday because Granny is visiting the next day, and sometimes it will get moved to a different day because we need to prep for a playdate. Looking at these charts makes my weekly planning so much easier, and Ella really loves knowing what to expect from day to day.

I'll be back in a couple of days to show you more ways I'm trying to organize our lives. Get ready to see our play room!


  1. I want to try something like this! More for the big activities of the week though like when Grandma is coming, when we go to lunch with Bonnie, when we are visiting you or going to a playdate or the Children's Museum.

    By the way, the link to Little Blue Boo is broken.

  2. Thanks for the heads up! It should be fixed now.

    And I do agree that this works best for us on the big things. The little things tend to get shifted depending on Ella's moods and our spontaneity. I also will never interrupt her if she's playing happily and independently, so that's another way our day sometimes shifts. It's all about being flexible!