Routines are so important! We teach our kids routine right away. We change them… feed them.. burp.. feed them… burp. As they grow we instill morning routines and bedtime routines. As moms, we need those sort of routines too! Today we will talk about different types of routines/systems that may work for you. With everything, it is trial and error!
First step in deciding routines is brainstorming which systems you need first. Examples can include: bettering your morning routine, night routine or cleaning. Then decide if you want this to be a daily, weekly, or monthly system. Let’s break down some examples.
Beginning of Week/Sunday Night Prep:
Sunday nights at my house, are what set me up for the week. I go through my planner, make sure everything is up to date then share with the family. This way everyone is on the same page about what will be happening. Since I’m a wahm, I also let them know if I’ll be needing some extra work time. Occasionally, I’ll have the husband have a supper night with the kids. I’ll cook and have it all ready, but when he gets home it’s my time to head down and get some quick work time in without kids. The kids just think this is a fun night with dad! I also go through and meal plan, set laundry days, other task days and chores. We will get into that in a minute. Here’s some other ideas of ways to get your week set on Sunday nights:
- Meal Planning for the week
- Set a grocery day followed by setting a grocery list where you’ll see it
- Check weather and get an idea of what kids will wear through out the week, or if you need to look for umbrellas!
- Check if any library books need to go back, or papers signed back to teacher
- Have a quick meeting with significant other to see what they have going on
- Have a quick meeting with kids to see what they have going on. Tests, etc.
- Monday’s can be the worst. (Believe me! haha) Make a make ahead meal for breakfast such as muffins, burritos, pancakes.
- Set breakfast ware out on table for morning in case things are running behind
- Set little’s clothes out, as well as your own!
- Set a post it note on the bathroom mirror to encourage you!
This is probably the biggest routine that I grumbled about, yet it was the routines that once I got in the habit.. I learned real quick how crucial they were! I’ll be honest, I’m not a morning person. Actually, I’m not really a night person either. I will tell you that I can rock 1pm like no one’s business! My husband always tells me that I should get up early to get things done before the kids wake. For some people that may work great. For me, it’s torture. I decided that since I’m being whiny about mornings, I will start preparing the next day at night. Here’s some things that I do in the evening versus morning to give you some ideas:
- Shiny sink system (will go over more in a minute)
- Journal. Unleash all those thoughts at night then you can sleep better!
- Brain Dump. Physically write down things that you say “I’ll remember this tomorrow”. Chances are, we won’t remember!
- Clean off the counters
- Pick up
- Set out breakfast supplies
- Make sure there’s milk!!!!
- Walk after supper
- Decide kid chores for next day
- Shut off your phone!!! Enjoy a few minutes in the quiet, fully relax yourself!
- Set out your clothes! As a sahm, this encourages me to actually get dressed each day!
Mornings can be pure chaos! Mornings help set the pace of the day so it’s important to find your routine quickly. Think of how your mornings are now, then how you’d like them to be. Next, what needs to happen to get things how you’d like them? Maybe you are a morning person, so you can take some of the things off the nightly list and get them done first thing in the morning. Here’s some other ideas:
- Kids.If your kids are chaotic in the morning, look at their routine. Do they know exactly what they need to do every morning? My girls routine looks like this: wake up 6:45, breakfast, dressed, teeth, check bag, feed pets, get on the bus. Setting them up the night before with setting out clothes and make sure back is packed and ready can eliminate a lot of fuss.
- Take a few minutes before the kids get up to have some quiet time. A 15 minute quiet session, yoga, meditation, or devotional can really uplift your mood!
- Eat a great breakfast! Get a water bottle ready too!
- Make your bed! It’ll look so nice having that done first thing in the am!
- Print a graphic or chart for the littles. Laminate and have them use a dry erase board to cross things off as they complete. This will help them learn their routine as well!
Getting in a routine for cleaning has helped tremendously as well. This is always a huge question among moms! You can sit on Pinterest and look all day at examples. I use the power hour system that we talked about on my last blog post. Be sure to check back there. I do a weekly blessing each Monday which gets out the windexing, vacuuming, quick bathroom clean, etc. I also use Fly Lady zones. You can search her up for more information. Basically, I have one zone a week, for instance the living room. I have all week to get the living room totally clean such as dusting, vacuum under furniture, wiping down fixtures, etc. The next week I have a new zone. It works great for me. Before I was constantly trying to clean the entire house top to bottom. It was too overwhelming!
Here are some videos I’ve made that may help you decide what will work best for you as well!
Weekly Home Blessing Click Here