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If you lead a minimalist life, what does your day-to-day schedule look like?

This is THE question I’ve been grappling with for weeks now. Right now, my day job requires me to stay home with my children – now before you get all these images of me eating Bon-Bons in front of the TV – please note that because of this simple fact, I need to do everything else when most of the world is home from work.

Case in point, my hubby and I have had some stresses pertaining to our (ok, MY) schedule. He goes to work Monday through Friday, at least a normal work week. Many times there is sprinkles of overtime thrown in just to make things extra fun with the things I have going on. (He almost always takes the overtime because we aren’t exactly in a position to turn money away. And I’m okay with it, even when it makes things challenging on my end because I either a) don’t go to what I had set up or b) have to find a sitter when our families are at least 45 minutes away.) It’s a good thing his schedule is pretty straight forward.

My schedule, on the other hand, looks like this:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings: School.
Wednesday evening: Work. (The kind of work that my schooling is in.)
Friday evening: Suppose to be my hubs night off for relaxation but something ALWAYS comes up.
Saturday mornings: Volunteer-ish work. (This is the kind where you sometimes get paid but almost always benefit from the situation because you are learning.)

The rest of Saturday and all of Sunday is usually filled up with family obligations, birthdays, and the like. Sometimes its all family stuff (meaning not me, hubs, and kids… it’s our parents, brothers/sisters, etc). Sometimes it’s ME putting stuff in there – like this past weekend there was an event I was able to go to and it was a volunteer-ish situation. Networking and making contacts is what business is all about people!

I see my kids all day. My hub sees them in the evenings. The problem is we don’t see each other. And that’s a very big problem. I know it won’t always be like this but we are literally passing in the night at this point. While it might be working for me, I feel more energized. My career is going places. I’m graduating soon. I’ve spent the last four years at home and now I’m having adult conversations!

This is clearly not working for my husband.

I try for alone time after I get out of class but at that point it’s just too late and we don’t have the energy to do anything but go to our respective corners, do mindless stuff online, until we are near passing out. It’s the only down time we get.

Finding a sitter is also a challenge for us. Our nearest family is 45 minutes away so it doesn’t exactly make it easy for a quick bite to eat or a night out together.

I’d love to hear other minimalist thoughts on clearing “schedule clutter” when almost all of it is needed for some reason or another?