This week we are talking about routines as part of our Momof6 Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp- and I think that routines are very important to running an organized household. Especially when you put into place routines that the entire family follows! On Monday I shared a video that offered some easy routines that you can use to help you stay organized- such as a routine to put your keys and handbag in a specific location so that you know exactly where to find it, and a routine to always book the next appointment before you leave the current one. I also suggested an evening routine for yourself to help prepare for the next day- prepping school lunches, snacks, and paperwork and getting clothes ready for the next day (or week!) ahead.
So here are a few more routines, that you can get your whole family (well, at least your kids anyway) to follow, and I promise you- that this will definitely lighten your load and make you feel more organized!
My “Mom’s definition” of routine is “a list of steps to follow at a specific time of day that keeps your family moving along to your end goal, without having Mom lose her mind, raise her voice, or pull out her own hair“. Having a clear morning routine allows everyone in the family to know what their responsibilities are and what is expected of them. Obviously the end goal for our morning routine on a school day is to get out the door in time to meet the bus. I know that in our household, everyone’s day gets off to a much better start if we can leave our house in a calm manner, instead of having a Mommy shrieking at the kids as we run out the door in a panic.
In this post I share my favorite morning tip about working your timeline backwards, and how I keep one eye on the clock throughout our morning rush.
This post explains how to put into place a flexible afternoon routine that allows your kids some time to wind down after a big day at school before moving into all of the after school work and activities that follow.
I have also created this sign that I have taped to my fridge to remind the kids what I expect from them after school.
This post focuses on creating an evening routine for your children that ensures that everyone gets some one-on-one time with Mom or Dad, and starts to prepare them for the next day.
Show Off Your Routines!
I cannot wait to see what you have done with adding some routines to your life! Please link up here with a blog post that you’ve written about participating in the Momof6 Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. On Friday I will be featuring the Boot Camp bloggers and their progress! And I would love it if you grabbed this button to use in your post:
Here’s the code to copy: <a href=”http://momof6.com/get-your-life-organized-boot-camp/“><img src=”http://momof6.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Momof6-Get-Your-Life-Organized-Boot-Camp-Badge.jpg“ /></a>
So I would love to hear from you…. do you use routines to keep yourself and your family organized? Please leave a comment and share!