In the comments to this post, Angel asked about routine. I’m flattered that anyone thinks I have a routine, but I’m afraid I had to laugh–at myself. I’m good at putting routines on paper, but sticking to it–not so much. Although when I do, things go so much better. I grew up in a routine oriented home, but my life in recent years has been heavy on transition. I’m in better routines now than I’ve been for a long time. I know routines are essential for the home to run smoothly and kids thrive on structure and predictability. I know I did. So sticking to a plan is something I work on constantly. Since I don’t plan to move or have a baby this year (just did both those things) and I pray fervently that we won’t be struck by any surgeries or major illnesses any time soon, perhaps by the end of the year we’ll be in a good groove.
Here is my basic routine that works for me when I stick to it!!! This is just the bare bones basics, but it’s a guideline for what needs to be done.
Quiet time (personal Bible reading and prayer)
Dress and comb everyone
Make beds/tidy rooms
Breakfast–hard boiled eggs and fruit or granola bars and fruit
Supper in crock pot
Bread in machine
1 load laundry
Mid-morning snack-veggies & dip/nuts/goldfish/pb crackers/popcorn—outside!
2nd load laundry
PB&J or burritos+fruit, chips, and/or cookies
10 minute tidy
Story time, if possible!
2 loads laundry
10 minute tidy/clean rooms
Thaw meat for next day
Lay out clothes for next day
Everyone bathe/brush teeth
How do you determine your daily routines? What works for you?