Sunday, November 22, 2009

Home Organization: Daily Household Routines for Mom

I suppose I should have done this in January, but as my preparations for the holidays have increased, I've felt the need for organization in my life. I've looked at before, but got completely overwhelmed. This time, I decided what this stay-at-home mom could realistically accomplish.

Remember: I have independent-get-our-own-breakfast teens, and a four year-old. So you young moms who work may get overwhelmed with my schedule. Just create your own routine. It really makes sense to have a Bedtime and Morning routine. Obviously you can't always stick to a routine. However, I have been very happy with mine. It keeps me from getting sidetracked. I still need more practice, but it's so nice to wake up to a tidy house. Still tweaking, but eventually I want to laminate these cards and keep them in the kitchen and desk.

Bedtime Routine
1. Clean up house (20 min. tops)
 Tidy LR, FR & Kitchen
 Kitchen: clean up, shine sink, put out clean dishcloths
 Put items away on stairs
2. Think about tomorrow
 Check calendar for appointments
 Write up To Do list
 Put out tonight what will make tomorrow easier
 Check the weather
 Lay out clothes (my girls do this, so why not me!)
3. Focus on Self
 Get ready for bed
 Bath (sometimes)
 Read scriptures
 Read or Sudoku for fun
 Prayer

Morning Routine (M - F)
1. Rise & Shine
 Prayer
 Exercise (treadmill)
 Make bed (if hubby is out)
 Make sure teens are moving
 Shower
 Swish toilet w/cleaner
 Get dressed
 Put in a load of laundry (Mon/Fri)
 Eat breakfast/vitamins
2. Think About My Day
 Check calendar
 Check To Do List
 Check email (10 min. tops)
3. Kitchen
 Wake 4 year-old
 Help her get dressed
 Start her breakfast
 Unload dishwasher
 Let out/feed dog
 Put out something to thaw for dinner


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I'm always looking for ways to improve my routine.

  2. I've operated under flylady guidelines off-n-on for 2-3 years. They do help - when I don't get sidetracked. I'm currently *sidetracked*...thanks for reminding me. Now to find my list - buried under the papers on my desk ;-)

  3. I have been trying to tweak my own system for years & am still not happy. But I love to see what other ladies are using. Keep us updated! I love it!

  4. I like this list also:) Makes me think that I may get organized!!!

  5. My routines are working well for me, though I don't necessarily do them in the order written. I did laminate the cards and have them hanging up to glance at. I always forget the toilet swishing mostly because I don't keep the cleaner in the bahroom. That would help. Having routines to keep me organized is helpful. So easy to get sidetracked without them.


Thanks for your comments and suggestions!