Do you ever wonder how to create household routines that work and you actually stick with?
Routines are super important when it comes to running a household and staying organized. Routines helped me become a more confident and less stressed mom and homemaker.
But what if you have tried following routines in the past and they just aren’t working?
It may be that you are following someone else’s routine and haven’t personalized it enough. Routines are unique to each person and household. It is helpful to get ideas from other homemakers and moms, but you should never completely follow what others are doing.
Today I’m sharing with you four things you can do to create routines that work for you.
1. Decide on the necessary.
Do you ever find yourself accomplishing a bunch of things that aren’t actually necessary? It may be because you haven’t thought through what absoulustly has to get done.
For most of us, meals and laundry are essential, yet those things don’t always get done. Set aside some time to think through the essential household tasks for your family. This list is your priority.
The priorities in my home are laundry, meals, grocery shopping, clean kitchen, clean bathrooms, and clean floors. There are a lot of other things that I could do such as dusting and window washing, but they aren’t a priority.
Those tasks aren’t part of my daily and even weekly routines. I get to them when I have time and see that they need done.
2. Make a plan.
Now that you have your list of essential household tasks, it’s time to make a plan. Otherwise you’ll be flying by the seat of your pants hoping you’ll finish all of those things. Let me tell ya, that doesn’t work too well.
Believe me. I’ve been there. Done that. I didn’t get the t-shirt though. 😉
Chances are you have a lot of different routines that you follow throughout the day and week, whether it is a morning or evening routine, cleaning routine, or even a meal planning routine.
Pick the one that doesn’t seem to be working well right now and start brainstorming a plan. I have made free printables in my resource library that are available to everyone of my email subscribers.
As soon as you sign up for my weekly newsletters, you will receive the password and you can print out and use the printables to plan out your morning, evening, and weekly cleaning routines. Find out more on the Free Printable Resource Page.
I also use a daily planner to write out my daily and weekly tasks.
3. Embrace the season of life you are in.
If your routines don’t seem to be working for you and your family, it may be time to reevaluate the season of life you are in and make a new plan.
Routines and schedules should adjust when family dynamics and activities change. Instead of trying to do things the way they always have been done, embrace the changes and let your routines reflect them.
After having my second born, it seemed every time I tried to get something done, my baby needed to be fed. I felt frustrated that I was never able to get things done until I realized that I simply needed to adjust my routine to the new season of life. I made a new plan by writing down the times my baby needed fed throughout the day and then worked the rest of the day around the feedings.
4. Have a Plan B.
If you have kids, things will not go as planned. Scratch that. If you are human, things will not always go as planned!
Life happens. Situations come up. And sometimes those things get us off track, but it is important to figure out how to get back on track.
For example, I love waking up before my kids and my morning routine reflects that. However, there are days they wake up early or I sleep in. That doesn’t mean my whole morning routine is thrown out the window. Instead it means I have a plan B. It looks a little different from plan A, but it still accomplishes the essentials.
Lately, I realized that I was feeling so frustrated because I hadn’t adjusted my routine to fit this new season of my life since moving to Nebraska. I also had not been intentional and written out a plan for my days. In order to make my routines work, I had to think about the necessary tasks by realizing we are in a new season of life.
Then I wrote down a plan. I like to set aside a little time at the beginning of each week and spread out my tasks in my planner. I love my Bloom Daily Planner*! It’s so pretty and easy to use and keeps me focused and organized.
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Finally, I have a plan B for when things don’t go as planned. This makes life so much easier! So if you haven’t had a lot of success in the past with routines, think about making a few changes that I mentioned above and I bet you’ll have success!