I dread the word schedule. Routine, however, is a bit better. We all need a simple routine to keep us focused, right?
While we hardly stick to ours, having a visible routine helps keep us somewhat on track for the day. And on those off days, a visible routine gets us back on track.
I have tried many, many different types of checklists and setups for scheduling our daily routine. But most of them were way too advanced for our family at this time in our lives.
I needed something simple.
So I came with up an AM & PM routine. Everything fits into a simple chart on one piece of 8 x 10 paper, which is put into a sheet protector and hangs on our refrigerator. This is what ours looks like:
- Breakfast. Devotion during. Brush teeth after.
- Unload dishwasher.
- Start laundry.
- Weekly chores.
- 15 min. organize
- Free time.
- Lunch. Then naps.
- Free time.
- Bath. Brush teeth.
- Story & bedtime.
- Load dishes & run.
- Swiffer tile.
- Finish laundry.
I also have our Weekly Chores listed on the side.
- M – Clean kitchen. Change sheets.
- T – Vacuum & scrub tile. Clean guest bathroom.
- W – Vacuum bedrooms & living room. Sweep porch & patio.
- R – Clean master bathroom. Take out trash.
- F – Vacuum & steam mop.
- S – Dust all rooms. Wipe down walls & doors.
This is the easiest way for our family to attempt to stay on top of things. We don’t go by times, because that is really just impossible for us. And for me. I don’t like to be that “scheduled”.
I like having the 15 minute organize a part of our daily routine, because there is always something that needs to be reorganized, put away or finished. This helps keep the house somewhat clutter free and manageable.
Free time is usually my time to focus on the girls. Playing together. Doing tot school activities. Going outside. Running an errand.
And during nap time, that’s my rest time too. I NEVER do any chores while the girls are napping, because I really need that time to refuel myself.
So, this is what works for us. For now.
I’m always on the lookout for something better and easier. I’d love to hear what routine works for you, so please feel free to share in the comments section or link back to your own blog!Photo Credit Linking to…