Daily Routines

Implementing daily routines helps keep household tasks manageable. FlyLady puts a lot of emphasis on Daily Routines and you can read more about them at her site. You probably already have routines in place, but it is a good idea to periodically review them to figure out ways to make the most of the time you spend each day. For example, if your routines include making coffee each morning, is there something you could be accomplishing while the coffee brews, such as making school lunches or putting away clean dishes? Your routines will be unique to you. Your nightly routine will include basic activities that you do every day, such as:

  • decluttering the house (put away as much clutter as you can in 5 minutes)
  • cleaning the kitchen
  • putting away a load of clothes
  • picking out clothes for the next day
  • reviewing your calendar and To Do list for the next day
  • packing lunchboxes
  • brushing your teeth
  • cleansing your face, etc.

Morning routines are usually shorter will vary based on whether you work outside the home among other factors. The morning routine may include:

  • making your bed
  • showering and wiping down the bathroom with a disinfecting wipe before leaving it
  • dressing & putting your makeup/moisturizer on
  • putting a load of laundry in the washer
  • emptying the dishwasher
  • making coffee and breakfast
  • checking your calendar
  • subtracting or, if it’s a good day, adding your checkbook balance
  • taking your vitamins and medicine, etc.

To come up with your own routines, determine what you normally do at night and in the morning then think about what you could do to during those times to make your day easier. Are you always late for work because you are trying to pack school lunches at the last minute? Adding that task to your evening routine will help you to get out the door on time. Always ask yourself, "How could I have made this day easier?" The answers are what will help you to determine your morning and evening routines.

To keep up with your routines, you can either make one copy and put it in a page protector, using dry erase markers to check off the tasks as you complete them, or make multiple copies and use a new one each day.

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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