Routines are a general flow of activities or tasks that you follow consistently. They are usually done in the same order!
Routines don’t have specific time slots, making these different from schedules!
Creating a routine and daily schedule as a homemaker can be really helpful in allowing you to be more productive with your time.
Every homemaker’s schedule will be different, as everyone has different lives, different priorities, different family structures, etc. My routine is always changing, not drastically, but it definitely changes with the season of life that we’re in.
Homemaking, like a job, is something that we can always be improving in. We should continuously be learning how to be more efficient and effective homemakers, happier homemakers, healthier homemakers etc.
There are so many different areas with your homemaking that you can make an intentional routine for. You can try things like cleaning schedules, daily to-do lists, planning out weekly and monthly schedules, meal planning and laundry etc.
Creating routines within your homemaking will allow you to be more productive and efficient with your time. It will ease a lot of the stress that can come with not knowing what to do and not feeling like you’re getting anything done.
From tasks to systems to routines:
Write down everything
First, write down all of the different areas in your homemaking that you’d like to try having a plan for. Again, this can include meal planning, cleaning schedules, daily to-do lists, morning and evening routines, etc. If your family is really involved in the community and participates in a lot of different events, its great to plan those out as well. This will often require discarding old bad habits and replacing them with more productive habits.
Now, do a brain dump and jot down all of your ideas that come to mind in each of those areas. Anything that comes to mind. For example in meal planning you can write down the day of the week you’d consider planning on, different meals you want to include your meal planning, advice you’ve heard of for successful meal planning, etc.
You have now got a system you will work your task around.
Finally, make your routines! This can look different for everyone – how you plan and what you plan. For me, once I have a system which works for me, then I set a day of the week to carry out that task. Every weekend, usually on Sunday, I make my menu plan for the coming week. Every evening I try to go over the following day’s schedule and plan. And once a month I jot down monthly plans and events to block that time off so I stay paced.
Some of the most important routines are your morning routine, cleaning routine, evening routine and night time routine. Others include a reset routine and a Sunday Routine.