In your Home and Homeschool
How are your basic daily routines? I had a few readers mention to me that they liked it when I put the daily routines at the bottom of my emails. It helped spur them on to doing them. I thought today would be a good day for a refresher course on daily routines. I will also include the daily routines for your children for cleaning their bedrooms.
Morning Routine: (Have your children do these, too.)
- Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
- Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
- Swish and Swipe
- Start Your Laundry
- Decide on Dinner
- Check Your Calendar
- Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting. Teach your children to do their dishes.
Your Morning Routine sets the tone for your day. It is easier to do it if you start off with your Before Bed Routine and have your clothes laid out and ready. I make my bed as soon as I get out of bed. I noticed last week while I was at a conference that I make my side of the bed automatically. I don’t even think about it anymore.
Your children are home with you a lot, and you can teach them to put their dishes in the dishwasher or wash them. You can also teach them to lay out their clothes the night before, so they can get dressed quickly in the mornings.
My Home Blessing of the day is normally done as a part of my Morning Routine.
- Eat Lunch
- Clear off One Hot Spot
- Reboot the Laundry
- Declutter for 2 to 15 Minutes (Have your children do a mission in their bedroom.)
- Drink Your Water
Your Afternoon Routine may vary. I exercise first thing in the morning, so it is a part of my Morning Routine. I also do laundry throughout the day. This is the time of day that I do some decluttering and my zone mission.
Before Bed Routine: (This starts right after dinner.)
- Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
- Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
- Put things at your launch pad
- Shine Your Sink
- Clean Off a Hot Spot
- Go to Bed at Decent Hour
The FlyLady tells us that the Before Bed Routine is the most important routine of the day. For many of you, this routine is harder to nail down. Evening time can be busy, and if you have a child who plays sports, you may be gone in the evenings. If this routine has been troublesome for you, I want you to start tonight and do most of the steps right after dinner. That is when I do most of my Before Bed Routine.
Here is a sample for you to use to give your children concrete assignments for cleaning their rooms.
- Monday - Wash Sheets and Make Bed; Clean Under Bed
- Tuesday – Closet (Rotate floor, hanging clothes, shelves, etc. each week)
- Wednesday - Floor (Under Furniture, too.)
- Thursday - Desk/Flat Surfaces – Declutter & Dust
- Friday – Detail Clean Bathroom or Declutter Chair or Anything Stacked in the Room
You can see that these routines are basic and simple. If you work on making these routines your daily habits, the stuff around your house will get taken care of, and you will find peace from the CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).
How are you doing with your daily routines?
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter leftovers from the fridge.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is pasta for the boys and zuchini noodles for me with a salad.
Have a great day!
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