Welcome back to our discussion on getting our house and selves in order!
So last time we talked about getting rid of the clutter in our homes so that it would be easier to clean. After all, if you remember, you can clean all you want if things look cluttered then it is not going to look clean.
Now that you have had a month to start chiseling away at that clutter it is time to start the next step which is ::insert drum roll please:: setting up routines.
Having a routine has gotten a bad wrap. We have been lead to believe routines are boring, bland and constrict us from being free spirits. Actually routines free up our schedules to be those free spirits we long to be. You see routines provide us with stability in our homemaking while eventually freeing up our time to explore other areas because we are able to stay on top of those everyday tasks. We can say goodbye to all day scrubbing sessions and hello downtime.
When setting up a routine for yourself there are a few things to consider. What are the things that have to be done on a daily basis (washing dishes, doing laundry, cooking meals, de-cluttering and anything else that is a must for you)? Write those things down. Then decide when the best time for you to get these things done would be.
I suggest having a morning routine, afternoon routine and an evening routine. Place these where you will see them to start off with because it is going to take a while for these things to become a habit.
Not only will routine help you from feeling so overwhelmed it will help everyone else in the home as well. Children will start to learn when things will be done during what times ( you can even go crazy and set them up with their own routines). The hubby will no longer be searching for clothes because doing laundry should be part of your routine. Not to mention meeting deadlines will become a little more manageable.
Now just so I don’t feel like I have just thrown you to the routine wolves I am going to share with you my morning routine to get you started. You can use these to help jump start you on your own routine finding journey.
- Get up and dressed: I have found I can get nothing done staying in my pajamas.
- Start Laundry: I need to do laundry daily otherwise I will get so backed up that I will never see the end.
- Devotions: If I don’t invite God into my day then I am setting myself up for a horrible day.
- Cook breakfast: I think this one is self explanatory.
- Wake up the kids and get them dressed: I want them to be dressed to have a productive day as well
- Clean up the breakfast dishes: The longer you let the dishes set the harder they will be to cleaned later.
Starting and planing a routine to map out your day is a lot of trail and error. My schedule will not work for your home just like your schedule will not work for me.Your first one will be changed many, many times and yes you will always be working on it. However you will be surprised to see how once it become habit that you will grow to love your routine. Not to mention simply amazed at how much time you will free up for yourself.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,