I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything on my blog since late February. Shame on me! Apart from being extra busy at the beginning of March, my health hasn’t been too terrific. Alhamdulillah for everything.
Last week, spent the entire week contracting at night and suffering from bad period like pains during the day. The first time it happened, I was so excited as I thought baby was arriving – however…nothing…zilch! And basically, I am still in the same situation. Alhamdulillah, baby will appear when Allah (Swt) has decreed for him to do so. Meanwhile, I must learn to be patient and endure this small test. It literally has slowed me down. For those who know me, I never stop – homeschooling my daughter is actually the easiest of the things I do in my life. So, this week has been me resting and sitting and resting and sitting. And although I would love to zoom around as I usually do, I physically cannot! Definitely Allah preparing me for what is to come…
So, have been planning the next 12 weeks (in advance) of homeschooling. That way, when baby arrives and we all spend some quality time together, I can just get back into the swing of things (homeschooling) easily – insha’Allah.
A few sisters have been asking me how I get to manage homeschooling, dawah committments, family life and other ‘extras’ that I do. And it is quite simple – organization. Aside from the homeschooling timetable that I have, I live by timetables and absolutely everything goes in there – from cooking to ironing, surah kahf on a Friday to when I shower and when I give my daughter a bath! I know it might seem extra, but that is how I can get so much done and keep on top of everything. I really do recommend it to everyone. Just sit down one day, preferably when the children are sleeping and write down everything that you do in a week – don’t leave anything out! And organize your week. That way, when you wake up each day, you know what to do and when to do it. My life would just be so chaotic if I didn’t do this.
Just a few things that might help for all those homeschooling mummies out there:
* I tend to do a ‘Quick clean’ every morning. This includes, making the beds, washing any dishes, folding any dried clothes and a general tidy away. That way, when we are ready to start school, everything is tidy. I am a firm believer that one cannot concentrate if their environment is messy.
* I cook for 2 days. I know some people enjoy cooking. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I used to be – but now I just don’t have the time. So, on a Sunday I sit down and plan what I am going to cook on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. With my weekly meals planned out, I then form my shopping list for the week. I do one big shop on a Monday. This is something new that I have implemented. I used to shop as I needed, but with a huge bump that does not permit me to power walk down the shopping aisles, I have had to limit shopping to one day. It has worked perfectly for me, as I am more free to concentrate on ‘school’ and other more important things.
* I limit ironing to once a week and I tend to put a machine on when I need to.
* With the homeschooling area, I tend to sort all drawers and shelves every two weeks, I need to do this more regularly I think. As everything is reachable by my daughter, she simply thrusts things back into drawers. Alhamdulillah, masha’Allah she is a tidy little girl – but often things go in the wrong drawer. So a quick sorting once a week would help – something I really need to start doing.
Aside from all of the above, I think what really helps is storage. Shelves galore! Boxes galore! And zipper files galore! That way, everything has a place. Would be interesting to know how you organize yourself… if you can or would like to, please comment on this thread with your own tips!