If you have kids (or a husband in my case) in school, you are most likely getting ready to get back into a routine. Summer days are coming to a close, and life will soon be settling down into a new rhythm.
There is no better time to reevaluate your home routines. Establishing good routines is key to keeping life simple at home while you juggle all your many other responsibilities. Habits and routines are so much easier to keep up with than to do lists. With good routines in place, you have more time for the things you love.
A simple morning routine helps start your day off on the right foot. Don’t over-complicate this! I used to plan out an involved morning routine. I had this idea that I would be able to exercise, and read my Bible, and get a shower, and a few other things as well. The problem with this is that when you get up later than usual and can’t fit it all in, you feel behind the rest of the day.
A quick splashing your face with water, drinking a glass of water, and meditating on a scripture verse while you wait for your coffee to brew is routine enough. Do I often do more? Yes, of course. But having a simple quick routine in place means that I can do it even when I have one of those days.
Starting a load of laundry as part of my morning routine also means that I get the day going on the right foot as far as home maintenance goes. Once it becomes a habit, it is no longer a big deal to keep up with the laundry.
Work In Household Chores
Working in household chores is another way to simplify your home maintenance. Just like starting a load of the laundry as part of my morning routine, there are many other times in the day that we can work in household chores into the routine. This is the good kind of multitasking.
Here are some ideas:
- Clean the bathroom while you watch your kids play in the tub.
- Wipe down the tub during your shower.
- Clean out the glove compartment (or your purse) while stuck in the car line at school.
- Sweep your porch while you watch your kids play outside.
- Clean out your refrigerator while making your grocery list. (You won’t forget what you have and need, and you’ll get it clean).
- Dust while you talk on the phone.
- Empty the dishwasher while your coffee brews.
Once you do these enough times, it will start to become a habit. While my kids are taking a bath I can go enjoy them and get some cleaning done as a bonus. Works for me!
Whether it is a five minute cleanup at the end of the day, wiping down the counters one last time before bed, or getting the coffee ready for the morning, a few evening routines can really make a significant difference. They don’t need to be big jobs, but a couple of small things that become habits can help your days and home maintenance life be much smoother.
The key is finding what small things can yield big impact. It is always easier to keep things maintained than it is to deal with a bigger job later. If there is a particular chore that has not been getting done, see if there is a time during your normal routine that you can fit it in. Then let it have time to become the new normal.
Perfection is not the goal. Keeping home maintenance simple so that it is good enough is key. Good enough for your family to enjoy a peaceful life at home. Good enough for you not to be stressed. Good enough for unexpected guests to drop in.
Keep it simple, and thrive on helpful routines.
What simple home routines are part of your day-to-day life that keep things running smoothly?