I have a question for you all today.
Do you find it difficult to organize your home and your life? To keep things running smoothly?
Do you often hear circus music playing in your head as you struggle to get it all done?
Well, if you said yes, you are so my people.
I live in a circus.
I care for eight children in my home daily that begin arriving at home at 6:40 am and don’t leave until 5 pm.
I also have my own three children, two dogs, a cat, a guinea pig and a house to clean, laundry to wash, dishes to (make Steve) clean and run my own fitness business.
When you google circus, I’m pretty sure you’ll see a photo of Haus of Girls pop up somewhere.
I love my little five ring circus, but I also love that I have figured out a way to stay organized amongst the chaos.
I’m not saying that I have it all together, because I definitely do not.
Some days I feel like I need to have a glass of wine at 8 am, but most days I am able to keep a very circus-type schedule, flowing smoothly.
How you ask?
Well I didn’t quite understand how until recently after being reminded by Chalene Johnson, creator of Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam and a New York Time’s Best Selling Author. I have created a system.
Chalene recently hosted a Smart Success video series online and it confirmed why I have been able to do all that I do daily, and start up my own fitness biz amongst the chaos. I want to share with you some things today as I know many of you reading this are just like me;
Busy moms or students who also have goals to be your own boss, run your own rockstar business and kick some a** in life.
What I want to remind you all about today is what a system really is.
In my opinion, it is something that has been implemented after being tested and proven to work.
Take a school “system” for example.
Children go to school all day and learn more than most of us do in a week.
Why? Because each school district has a system that is implemented to ensure the students learn.
There are time frames determined by bells. Lunch time and recess.
It is organization amongst the chaos of hundreds of children.
So today, in this three part series, “Steps to Organize Your Home,” I’m going to have you focus on creating a system for your home and your life.
We will focus on the following:
1. Identifying all the things you do in a day.
2. Identifying which things need a system.
3. Developing a system.
4. Automating a system.
When you do these things you will free yourself of the guilt that I know most of us feel when we can’t “do it all.”
Just like a business or school system, we need to break down your day into time frames, schedules and an organized structure.
Life is life. It doesn’t come with an organized structure.
So it’s your job to create one for your home to free yourself from guilt and stress so you feel better and are a happier person in all areas of your life.
Let’s create a plan!
In order for things to change, your behaviors need to change.
Just like I have learned with fitness, if you continue to do what you are doing now (eating whatever you want and not exercising) then things will only stay the same. Your health will never improve unless you make changes in your diet and exercise routine.
Same goes for your household. You are going to need to make some changes to create a smooth and organized home.
So let’s start by writing down all you do in a day with the time it takes to do it.
Here is my day broken down into time increments.
It’s definitely not exact, as life happens and things pop up often, but it’s the basics of my days.
Exercise/Wellness 1.5 hours
Welcome the daycare kids and get everyone situated- 1 hour
Get my girls ready for school- 1 hour
Shower- 30 minutes (if I’m lucky)
Work on my Fitness Business- 2 hours (naptime)
Care for my Daycare Kids- all day until 5 pm
Return Emails- 1 hour
Family Time and Dinner- 2.5 hours
Personal Time for Steve and Marta in evening after girls go to bed- 1.5 hours
Steve and Marta time- 1 hour
Cleaning and Pick up- 1 hour
Now it’s your turn.
Write out all you do in a day and give it a time frame.
I would love to see what you are dealing with on a daily basis and I’d be happy to help you figure out what you need to delegate and give yourself time for your workouts or spending time with your children.
Next week we will talk about how we plug these things into a daily “system” that will keep up sane and keep our home running smoothly.
I can’t wait to hear from all of you and see what your days look like.