Getting out the door every morning feels like a marathon race. At least that’s how it’s been since kids entered the picture.
They want to go somewhere…until it’s time to leave the house.
They aren’t hungry…until it’s time to leave the house.
They like what they’re wearing…until it’s time to leave the house.
Back in the day I had a co-worker that often said, “we’re fluid and flexible” during times of change. I loved her willing spirit to lead, but also adjust when necessary.
I’ve tried to take her advice and adjust my process at home to account for the flexibility needed with kids. I do my very best to be flexible with the boys, but of course I fail often.
When I’m prepared and the house isn’t a disaster, I’m much more successful.
The first thing that makes a huge impact in how clean and organized my house is, is using a cleaning schedule that is designed especially for me.
It saves a ton of time…not to mention brain power because I don’t have to think about when to wash sheets, or clean blinds, or mop floors. It allows me to focus on the more important things in life.
The second thing that keeps me sane is a morning and nighttime routine.
After receiving several questions asking me about the specifics of my routines, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my life and share how I systemize my nightly and morning routines.
My Nightly Cleaning Routine
1. Clean the kitchen.
If you’ve been around for while, you may know that I try to clean my kitchen in 5 minutes or less. Every night. There are some nights it doesn’t happen. But let me tell you, when I skip a night, it quadruples my workload the next morning. Dried up, stuck on food is a pain to clean up!
2. Pack lunches and/or snacks.
The boys are incredibly active in the mornings so distractions are aplenty! When I procrastinate and pack lunches or snacks in the morning, I usually have to scramble to find something healthy for them. More than once I’ve found out we were out of their favorite fruit or snack after it was too late.
I also try to pack lunches for my husband and me. However, this does NOT happen unless it’s done the night before. We eat healthier and save money by packing lunches so this absolutely has to be done the night before…or not at all.
3. Get the boys’ bags ready.
As the boys get older, we don’t have to take as much every time we leave the house. For that I am extremely thankful! But we still have to bring diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, and an epi-pen with us every time we leave the house. It usually only takes a minute, but every night I replenish the diaper stock and see if there are any teacher notes in the bags.
4. Set the coffee maker.
5. Fold a load of laundry.
I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but I’m a fan of washing one load of laundry each day. Of course, there are days I miss, as well as occasions when more than one load needs washing. But overall, one load of day works for me. When I have to wash a week’s worth of clothing on the weekends, I dread folding all of those clothes…so more often than not they’ll sit (overflowing) in the baskets all week. Small chunks work better for me!
6. Five minute pick-up.
Taking 5 minutes before bed to clean and straighten around the house makes a world of difference in my sanity. We actually do this a few times throughout the day, but by bedtime, our house usually looks like a tornado went though it. Just taking a few minutes to throw away trash, take items back to their “home” and wipe down messy areas makes a big difference in how we function the next morning.
7. Review my calendar and to-do list.
I try to spend a few minutes each night reviewing my calendar and to-do list. I think through my work and home responsibilities, errands I need to run, people I need to call, deadlines, etc. Then I try to figure out when I’ll have time to complete these tasks and schedule it on my calendar.
After my nightly routine is complete and the boys are in bed, I usually just want to crash! Or hang with my hubby! Sometimes I do. But most of the time I push through and work.
A regular nightly routine helps keep our home running smoothly.
You can read about my morning routine next, but before you do, I would LOVE to learn from you! What does your nightly routine look like?
[stextbox id=”grey” bgcolor=”EBEBEB”] P.S. If you don’t use a cleaning schedule yet, you need to. It will make a huge difference in your productivity![/stextbox]