One of my favorite tools from the Flylady is the concept of routines. A routine is something you do every day, and putting it in a specific order helps you to remember and learn it until you don’t have to think about it. And having a little checklist, either on a post it or in your Control Journal can help.
In my recent post about keeping up with the laundry, I shared my morning routine. It looks like this:
- Make my bed
- Get dressed to shoes
- Feed baby
- Wake other kids
- Start a load of laundry
- Prep & drink smoothies (hubby usually does this)
- Prep school lunches (hubby usually does this)
- Cleanup kitchen/empty dishwasher
- Baby to nap
- HANG CLOTHES OUT TO DRY/laundry “reboot”
My late morning routine looks like this:
- Cleanup kitchen if it’s not already done
- blog post/computer work/desk work 1/2 hr
- declutter 15 minutes
- daily mission/detail cleaning/weekly home blessing as needed
- outside time or other activity with children
- prep lunch
And my afternoon routine (babystep #23), looks like this:
- Serve lunch/feed baby/eat lunch myself
- Lunch cleanup
- prep snacks for school children
- put toddler to nap
- welcome school kids home/give snacks
- story time with 4 year old (and anyone else who wants to join us)
- put baby & 4 year old to nap/bigger boys to quiet reading
- MY QUIET TIME! computer/reading/nap if I want.
It really is helpful to do it the same way every day; it helps me to not forget anything. Since I’ve been doing it for a while, it does come automatically so I don’t consult my control journal, but if I were new to this or found myself leaving things out, I certainly would.
Flylady gives her routines as examples. Use any of these to give you ideas; just remember that you need to make it work for YOU.