Wednesday, June 3, 2015


UPDATE!  Click here for a free printable handout!  

These are the slides from a class I gave at a recent UHEA homeschool conference in Provo, Utah.  

1. Laundry System (see more here)

2. Housework and Chore System (see more here)

Note: Virtually the same chores are listed in the "Edwardian Weekly Jobs" above, and the family chore hour sticks below. That's because these systems both work. This past school year we held family chore night every Monday night (our family home evening is on Sundays) and worked together until the sticks were all in the cups. Now that it's summertime, we are changing back to each person doing a weekly job each day with our morning routine, and our Monday nights will be free for fun family activities!  So doing a little each day or a lot once a week - whatever works for you!  The same concept applies if you're doing all or most of the work yourself if your kiddos are too small to help yet - choose a little each day or a lot once or so a week.  

3. Meal and Shopping System (see more here)

4. Planning System (see more here)

A 5-facet review is taking time to ask about each family member, "How is Grace doing spiritually, socially, academically, physically, and emotionally?"  If you're married it's ideal to do this on a date. My husband and I take notes in a certain section of my planner as we discuss this. This idea is from Richard and Linda Eyre. 

5. Paper System (see more here)

6. Stuff System (see more here)

The idea with the withdrawal box is that if you're struggling to decide whether or not you can live without certain items, you create a withdrawal box to store those items for a few months. Tape it shut and write the date on it. Then several months later you'll see that you lived without all out most of the items just fine. in fact you'll likely forget what's in the box. At that point it's easier to donate the box to charity. 

7. Homeschool System (see more here)

8. Making Time to Get Organized

Feel free to leave a comment below sharing your favorite idea or system, or any questions you may have. 


kortney said...

Love the Summer Family Work Project. Will be trying this out for sure. Thanks so much for sharing int the TJEd FB group!

Becky Edwards said...

Kortney, You are welcome! I'd love to hear how it goes!

Tasha L. said...

Thanks SO much for sharing this! We are trying to get our family of 12 organized after a long year of moving, having a new baby, having my parents move in with us...etc, etc. I just haven't been able to get "in the groove" again for quite a while. Summer seems like a perfect time to reorganize everything. Your systems are so helpful. I love your blog and have been inspired so many times by the ideas and insights you have posted. Thanks for taking the time to write!

Shonda said...

Becky- This looks excellent! I only have 2 kids, but I need systems. I thrive on routines and schedules. I look forward to digging into all this material. Thanks for sharing and being so thorough.

seesuerun said...

This is my thorn of the flesh! I need all of this! Thank you!