Parents. Or anyone really. At the end of each day are you going to bed feeling like I DOMINATED this day!! Or does it feel a bit more like this day just went on and on and I want to melt into a puddle on my bed and not wake up until next week?
Anyone that has any ounce of responsibility really knows that feeling all too well. If you’re extra psychotic like I’ve been in the past, you may even forget to breath sometimes. So serious. My husband thinks I’m a freak.
Life can be tough man. From laundry, to cooking, to running a business, to driving back and forth from sporting event to sporting event … being a good mom, a good wife, a good housekeeper, managing the bills, volunteering at school, oh, and we’re supposed to keep our children alive? And not even just alive, we have to make sure they are eating healthy meals and we’re not dooming their future adult lives?
But I can. I do. You can too.
Let’s face it, life will never resemble an effortless walk in the park. Well, it might. For about a minute or two. And then a child will scream from the other room and the beautiful floral scent you smell will suddenly resemble dog poop. Womp womp.
While life will never be without complications, it can be simplified. No matter how many kids you have. I’m speaking from experience here. I’m a mother of two kids, a beautiful husband, three dogs, a business completely managed by moi, a member of PTO, a keeper of the home — my day-to-day is not without its share of chaos, but through it all I manage to simplify our daily routine and live in a way that makes us happy and fulfilled.
Before I share my tips, I’ll lead with the most important one: priorities. I’ve said it time and time again; my family is my priority. Everything else comes second. To put it simply, if something doesn’t align with the wellbeing on my children, my husband, and myself, we don’t do it. Period. End of story.
So while I could share a list that’s 20 pages long, I’ll keep it short with a list of five things that are a tremendous help in simplifying our daily routine. Watch the video for a more in-depth breakdown, or continue reading for the bullet points.
- Schedule regular toy/apparel purges – Routinely go through the home (bedrooms more specifically) removing items that are not used or do not provide value. Every two weeks or so I will go through, re-examine my children’s wardrobes, and then remove items they haven’t worn. I also remove items that won’t fit them by the next appropriate season, and minimize school uniforms. I keep enough uniforms to last seven days, no more. The children and I sort through toys at least once a month to determine if there is anything they want to donate to another little boy or girl.
- Prepare the night before – anything you can. School clothes, lunches, wearing your athletic wear to bed.. Every one thing you complete the night before is one less thing you will need to do the following day. In my household this typically means picking out school clothes, sweeping the floors, cleaning the dishes, and writing out my to-do list for the following day. My children are responsible for picking up their rooms before clocking out for the night.
- Keep a stocked pantry at all times – Every family has the staples. Does taco Tuesday ring a bell? Having bulk items on hand at all times saves you multiple late night trips to the grocery store. Some examples might include pasta, rice, beans, soups, cereal, etc.
- Keep routines and responsibilities – My children know, without question, how we end our days, what is expected of them, and what they can expect from me in return, daily. A routine can make or break peace in a home. Your routine might not look like someone else’s routine, but the more you come to expect, the less chaotic your home will be. Every night my children and I come home, eat dinner, take our showers, brush our teeth, read books, talk about our day, and go to sleep. Like clockwork. Without fail, 95% of our days. If it is important for you that your children have responsibilities in the home, keep an interactive chore chart. This will help keep them focused and turn a not-so-fun activity into a family bonding opportunity.
- Keep an on-going list of liked foods – When it comes to providing my children with meals, this is one area I simplify so it’s one less thing I have to think about and one less decision that needs to be made. Not only does it simplify the process itself, it keeps the peace in the home. Rather than question what each child will or will not eat I keep an on going list of foods I know they enjoy. During each meal I choose foods from each category (protein, carbohydrate, vegetable, etc.) without much thought. This way, no matter what, I know my children are receiving a well balanced meal that I have thrown together quickly.
We live in an age where we are led to believe that being “busy” is being productive and that’s simply not true. Everything we do in our lives should be meant to enrich them, not drain them.
Hopefully these tips will help to simplify your daily routine and make your days slightly more fulfilled!
Leave some of your tips down below in the comment section, will you?
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