Preparing for the New Year and New Daily Planner Printables

One of the most exciting (as well as practical) gifts I received this Christmas was Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing the Large Family. By most standards our family is still small (it is just the four of us at the moment), but this book is by no means just for the large family. In fact, I don’t think you have to have kids to be able to profit from this book and the wisdom shared within its gigantic pages (the size of this book is impressive in and of itself!). What this book offers is an insider’s look into one homemaker’s methods and systems as she goes about caring for a large family. It is a textbook of sorts on homemaking, a guide to organizing your life as a homemaker. This is something that I can benefit greatly from. Yes, as the years continue to pass I get wiser in the way I do things and I slowly begin to figure things out (things that usually amount to simple discipline on my part), but how much more helpful is it to have someone show you the ropes before you become overwhelmed? Sure, some days I feel overwhelmed already, but things are tame for the moment with only two children and neither of them homeschooling yet. More than anything I want to master some basic home management skills before my family gets any larger and and I begin homeschooling (this is when hyperventilating my enter into my daily routine). This is Kim’s purpose in writing the book. Listen to her heart:

“…I found that there are many young moms who are in the same position that I was-unprepared for keeping the home with lots of children. While women historically were equipped to be the caretakers of thriving, busy households when they reached maturity, most of today’s women are ill-equipped for such responsibility. this change has happened in the wake of feminism, which teaches young women that they can have a career and be a mom. Guidance counselors in the schools encourage those who enjoy children to be teachers or day care providers. Childbearing is an experience to have after practicing with a dog or cat for a few years. I read recently that in some circles chidden are an economic status symbol along with all the accouterments to buy for them.

When the Internet came along, I met many fellow casualties of feminism. I realized that I was not the only woman who desired to be a faithful homemaker who was crying out to God, “How do I do this?” That realization caused me to begin sharing my ideas through blog writing, articles, and, eventually, completing this book for this moms who were a step behind me in my journey of motherhood and home keeping. I am motivated to take the time to write now because the answer I often heard to my own question of “How?” was, “I don’t know, I just did it.” There’s truth in that answer-there are so many things that we need to just do-but I wanted specifics. the specifics pass into the deep recesses of our minds because often they are small tips, tricks, or ingrained hap its that require little thought. My goal is to write those things down for those who are struggling with “How?”‘ 

And so, I have been quickly searching through this fabulous resource for the how of actively managing my family. I say actively because it can become very easy to passively manage. You know what this is like: you begin to play more of a defensive role as the home manager, constantly making up for lost time and reacting to the day rather than planning out the day and successfully accomplishing all you set out to do.

Most of what Kim shares amounts to routine and setting a pattern of living and working within your home. She shares specific systems that she uses in order to manage her own large family and persuasive reasons for doing things in a like manner. Because of this I have decided to alter my daily routines to more closely aline with the one she prescribes in her book. She follows a similar “one focus a day” approach, but makes my previous attempts at the same system look pathetic in comparison. Her goals and expectations are much more detailed and assure that she will accomplish a finely tuned home. This is something that I long for. After spending some time in the book (preparing for a new year of homemaking) I typed up some new printables to fill my home management notebook with. They follow her system almost exactly (with a few modifications), focusing on one major household task a day.


Monday: Laundry Day

Tuesday: Kitchen Day

Wednesday: Office Day

Thursday: Town Day

Friday: Cleaning Day

Saturday: Outside Day (She refers to this day as Garden Day, but I have no garden… so yeah)

Sunday: The Lord’s Day

The biggest difference in this system to what I was doing the past is that most cleaning is reserved to one day of the week. There are daily cleaning tasks to be done, but Friday is reserved for getting down and dirty.

Also, she recommends focusing on one area of your home every week for doing Deep Cleaning (you know, the stuff you never ever do until it gets just terrible). In her family they do one thing in that area every day, but you could also do it all on cleaning day. I have decided to do it every day like she has and then catch up on Friday if needed. Examples of Focus Areas are bathrooms, living room and family room, bedrooms, etc… and examples of deep cleaning to do in those areas are things like declutter the area, catch cobwebs, dust ceiling fans, clean light switches, etc…

I also love the idea of having a day completely focused on paperwork, computer work, budgeting, menu planning and the like. This is what she refers to as Office Day and would really benefit my home management by encouraging me to be intentional and disciplined in these areas.

As the new year begins so does my prayer that the Lord would continue to empower me to serve my family well through the ministry of homemaking. I am thankful for the tips I am learning in this book and look forward to implementing more of them in the future.

If you follow Kim’s plan, or are looking forward to reading the book in the future, you can download and print my printables below for your own use. I am sure that I will be modifying them in the future as I try out this method and tweak it to better serve our family, but this is a good starting point. Please let me know if you find any typos or have any suggestions!

Day Planners

I can’t recommend Large Family Logistics enough. If you are looking for some inspiration and motivation for your homemaking, I would encourage you to check it out!

Also, if you are looking for some less specific printables to organize yourself with this new year, check out these Daily Plan of Attack printables.

Other printables you may be interested in:

Weekly Menu Plan,

Running To-Do List,

Websites and Passwords

 

  • http://reformedredhead.wordpress.com Hollie

    That plan is pretty extensive. I don’t know how I could fit all of that in daily on top of school, fixing meals, family worship and my devotional time. Wow! She sounds like a super woman! :)

    • desiringvirtue

      Well, she does! And while homeschooling 9 children. But of course she trains her children to do a lot of the work with her.

  • http://reformedredhead.wordpress.com Hollie

    That’s amazing! My girls help a ton and our home does stay clean and orderly, but I just can’t imagine having a schedule like that and fitting everything in to it. Maybe it’s because both my kids require so much one-on-one teaching still? Not sure.

    It’s such a relief finding schedules that work in our homes though! We’ve been tweaking ours since we blended into one family in June and I think it’s finally working out :) The book sounds interesting and helpful though. I’d been wondering if it’s beneficial for smaller families as well. I will have to check it out some time. Thank you for sharing your review with us!! :)

    • desiringvirtue

      Definitely! I just love hearing specifics on how other women make it work. It takes a while to find what works best for you and your family (I still haven’t). Plus your dynamic is always changing as you move, add children, as they grow older. It seems like everything is always altering at every moment!

      That is why I want to develop a simple plan that I can do every day, every week, and know that the home is taken care of so that when I do start homeschooling and as we do add more children, I will be able to focus less on cleaning/meal planning/budgeting and the like.

      One of the things I was very encouraged by in the book was the encouragement to keep up with things routinely so that it is never a REALLY big job. Even on “Cleaning Day” the main objectives are just to vacuum, dust, and do the bathroom (which in her large family they actually attend to every day) because you already cleaned the kitchen on Tuesday and have been picking up/working on other small projects throughout the week.

      • http://reformedredhead.blogspot.com Hollie

        That’s great! We do something similar we focus on a different room each day to avoid anything turning into a huge all day project. I too love reading about what other women do, especially seasoned women who are much wiser than me! There’s so many wonderful tips and tricks to learn.

        And thank you for all the printables you do! I don’t know if I ever mentioned it before but they are all so helpful and pretty to boot!

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  • http://www.beckypliego.com Becky@Daily On My Way To Heaven

    WOW! You have done a great job, Jessalyn. Thank you so much for sharing these printables.

    Blessings to your family this coming year, my friend!

  • http://www.melissademing.com Melissa Deming

    Hi, I love your blog so much. I just found it through another website and I’m already addicted. I think theology and motherhood go hand-in-hand but very often, there are too few resources to help us put our faith into practice. Love it, Love it! Thank you for the printables too!

    • desiringvirtue

      I’m so happy that you stopped by Melissa! I just am heading over to your site now. :)

  • Mer

    Hello! I LOVE the Day Planners! There are a few things I would want to customize on them though. I can’t seem to figure out how to do that. If I do the text version of the download it’s just a bunch of words. If I do the pdf version it is not customizable.

    Thanks!

    • desiringvirtue

      I haven’t yet made a blank one for this format as I just made this planner a couple days ago. My desire to start with, was to follow the book pretty closely, so that is what the lists represent (though I have made a few modifications). I will post a blank copy in the next few weeks, but it won’t be able to be edited. In the mean time, you may want to check out one of the other printables that leaves more room for customization. Both the Plan of Attack and the “Just Today’s” Plan of Attack have blank options. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Linda G.

    I happened upon your website through Moneysavingmom.com and I am loving what I see. It is always encouraging to see other Christian moms sharing the ‘how’ they worked things to move along smoothly with the house, children and fulfilling this ministry God has given us. I just reserved this book through my local library and I am so excited to read it. Thank you for the planning pages, I surely need to work on my homemaking binder and a system for our family. Oh- there is a small typo on Monday’s page of ‘Finnish’ all ironing (instead of ‘finish’). Thanks for sharing with the rest of us moms looking for what ‘works’ for our families, too.

    • desiringvirtue

      Thanks Linda!

      • desiringvirtue

        ok, I fixed it.

  • Sheila

    I have been trying to follow the large family logistics plan of attack long before the book came out and I tried many times to create a usable checklist, so…. all that to say these are beautiful, and perfectly timed for the fresh start of a new year. Thank you.

  • Shannon

    Love, Love, Love The Large Family Logistics book. Thanks so much for offering these printables.

    • http://www.suzannegriffin.blogspot.com Suzanne

      I echo Shannon! These are beautifully done and way more enjoyable than my Excel spreadsheet list I had! We have 6 littles and homeschool.

  • Anna

    Hi!
    Just wanted to stop by and say that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog – I subscribed to it maybe 2 years ago with a couple of others, but this it the only one that i’m still subscribed to, b/c every post is so interesting and useful! Thank you for what you do! I just had a quick question – what program do you use to make these printables? I love how they look and the idea of them, but would want to take a swing at making my own if possible :) Thanks and God’s blessings to your family!

    • desiringvirtue

      Hi Anna! What an encouraging comment! Thank you for stopping in, it is always nice to hear from someone who I don’t even know is reading the blog. I use Pages on my Mac for the printables. I don’t use a pre made template, I insert text boxes wherever I want them so it gives me more flexibility than just typing line by line… if that makes sense.

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  • Dianna

    Hi! I found your website through moneysavingmom.com as well and so glad I did. You have so many great ideas, but not only great ideas, you also connect everything to the gospel – love it! My husband graduated from Southern in Louisville (we met there) and he is a pastor in SC. We have 3 kids (4, 2, & 7 months) and I do feel overwhelmed most of the time with taking care of them and the house. I want to purchase Large Family Logistics as I have often wondered how I’m going to get anything accomplished when we start homeschooling this fall (and have more children, Lord willing). Thanks for the great printables!

    • desiringvirtue

      I am so glad to meet you Dianna! When did your husband graduate from Southern? We were there from 07 to 08 and then had to move back to Texas :( I hope that you find encouragement here and that we can get to know each other better! Thanks for visiting!

      • desiringvirtue

        Oh, and I just wanted to make sure that you saw that I created a blank version of this printable last week in this post: http://desiringvirtue.com/2012/01/blank-day-planners-in-purple-and-green/

      • Dianna

        Hi again! I bought the book and have almost finished reading it. Thank you so much for the recommendation. It is so helpful to have an older woman’s wisdom on homemaking. My husband graduated in Dec 08, but we moved back to SC in May 07. We met each other at Southern in 04 and lived in Louisville until 06 when we got married and my husband was a part-time pastor in Indiana. I’m definitely going to use your printables – they are so pretty! :-)

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  • Lauren

    Hey Jessalyn!

    I finally printed these off and put them in a binder. I think they will work really well for me! There were really only two items I would have to strike through on these lists, so I probably won’t need to customize beyond that. Thanks for putting them together!

    And, by the way, how do you get this stuff done when you have two in diapers, you’re nursing 6 times a day, feeding solids twice a day (about to go to 3 times a day), and having to make baby food…??? I think we’re at one of the more time-consuming stages in baby life. :-) These sheets will at least give me something to aim for. Even if I never get 100% of it done…

    Hope you are doing well!

    Lauren

    • desiringvirtue

      ha ha ha ha! Yes, well, I would have to say that breast feeding is one of the most time consuming things about being a mom!!!!!! Even now, as you said with two littles in diapers, I am having to remind myself that just because it is on her list… doesn’t mean it needs to be on mine. I will probably be coming out with an updated version soon that reflects such differences. I have been really enjoying the routine of working through these different activities every week though. I definitely think it has helped me to be a more consistent worker. I have yet to get the “focus area tasks” done yet :(, but I know I could if I was more disciplined. And I do not clean the bathroom every day like she says she does in the book (HA HA HA) but, we also don’t have more than two people using it as of right now either. Maybe that will change as the boys get older and we have more messes to clean. Email me with the things you would change. I’ll see what I can do ;)

  • http://kim-growingingod.blogspot.net Kim

    I just love these printables! I have been putting together a home management binder and searching for quite some time for just the right daily printables that will work for me. I love everything about these and the setup as well as the encouraging quotes at the top of each day! Although I will tweak very little to adjust to our family, they are wonderful and pretty…they will be a beautiful and helpful addition to my binder!

  • http://tammyakay@gmail.com Tammy Kay

    Thanks so much for creating these. I just printed out a ton of them today. It saved me so much time and energy. I’m a mom of five and I homeschool too. Thanks again. May God bless you for working so hard on these.

  • Celena

    I wanted to let you know there is a typo on Thursday (finish) dinner. Blessings!! Great printables :)

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