Building My Routines Part Three

I try not to write on Sunday’s unless it’s something fast and fun. I like blogging, but I like hanging out with my husband and kids more 🙂

So last time I wrote about my routines up through picking up the big kids from school. And here is where I think my successful days start.

After school, my oldest does his homework right away and my five year old and two year old play while I feed the baby. My oldest is usually done by the time I finish feeding the baby and then I check his work.

Now here’s what I believe has been crucial to my routine building during the day, getting ready the night before. I can’t stress this enough. Fly Lady actually recommends this too, but I don’t go so far as to lay clothes out, unless I’m getting up REALLY early and don’t want to wake my husband. But I do have the big kids make their lunches either after school or after dinner, and I get my younger two’s lunches made and in the fridge and diaper bags restocked and by the door before I go to bed. If I’m foldomg laundry that night, I’ll set out clothes for the younger two at the changing area the night before, and this makes convincing my husband to get the younger two ready while I get dressed that much easier.

Also before bed, I make sure my sink is empty and run the dishwasher as needed, and do a quick pickup around my house. Seriously, stumbling in the dark at 2 a.m. to get the crying baby is much safer when your floor is at least clear of toys (and you parents know how painful Legos are when you’re barefooted!). Plus, waking up to a somewhat neat house puts me in a good mood at 6 a.m. when I reluctantly get out of bed to prepare breakfast for a very loud two year old. I keep telling myself that someday I will go to bed early enough that I can get up at 5, before the children, so I can get my computer stuff done and not cut into any time with my children or husband.

One more thing I do before I go to bed, is I write out my to-do list, the one to further my business on my Ipod (awesome note app is the best for this!) and any cleaning on the wihite board on my refrigerator (I also write out reminders to take my vitamins on this board). I recommend taking a look at Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge for more info on to-do lists.

My routine building, in a nutshell:

  • I do as much as I can the night before to make my morning easier
  • I started with a couple cleaning items, not going for a whole routine at once
  • I included my children in the process so that they learn responsibility and keep me accountable
  • I plan my day the night before (To-do list discussion in a future post)

Ok, so not so glamorous, pretty common sense, but it has been journey for me starting as a messy, barely an adult child living off frozen burritos to a somewhat neat, somewhat organized mom and business woman, and I am very much still learning and expanding my routines.

What is something you have been working on improving in your life?

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