Having daily routines can really keep you on top of your “to-do’s” each day. As a stay at home + work at home mom with 2 little ones, keeping my house clean and organized can definitely feel like a huge challenge. However, starting a daily routine and an evening routine made a huge difference in how I run my household. Keeping on top of things, and never letting it get too bad is my secret weapon. I do this by having routines for just about everything. Now, let me preface this with the fact that I probably never follow them perfectly, so don’t forget to also give yourself grace when you are establishing a new routine, or even long after it has been established. I have found, that just by doing my best and getting it right most of the time, I save myself a lot of time and stress.
So, you want to implement new routines but you aren’t sure where to start. Your first step is to sit down and make a list of the things that need to be done everyday in your home. This is a great place to start, and once you have these routines down, you can go onto things that need to be done weekly, monthly, and seasonally.
Here are the things that I want to make sure get done daily:
- The dishes
- Clean countertops & kitchen floors
- A clean, decluttered kitchen table
- Toys picked up in the living room
- One load of laundry done
Then, there are some extras I add to my list that relate to my current goals, such as:
- Drinking 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water
- Cooking dinner every night
- Reading to my kids every night
You get the idea. So, sit down and think of your ideal day and what things you would want or need to accomplish to make that happen. You can start with just one- pick morning our evening, whichever you prefer. I have found that when my evening routine is going well, it makes the mornings that much easier, so you could try starting there. If you are looking for some really great routine advice with tons of grace, I really recommend the Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses from Money Saving Mom. She has always been a huge inspiration for me, so I was definitely excited to learn from her. She really helped me figure out what I needed to get done, without overloading myself, to get my mornings and evenings under control.
You can use this free printable to get your routines mapped out & then track your progress throughout the week. I recommend hanging it right on the refrigerator so it can also serve as a reminder.
Just remember that it takes time to start completely new habits and routines, so don’t get discouraged if things don’t go perfectly. Keep trying and keep striving to keep up your routines, and eventually they will stick without you having to think twice about it. I hope you enjoy this free printable, and if you have any advice for creating routines, as always leave your suggestions in the comments below!