07 Jan Homemaking Routines to Start Today
Don’t the enemy deceive you, homemaking is important.
Home is where the next generation of godly men and women will be nurtured and taught the ways of God.
Let me help you create some simple routines to make your life run smoother so your home can be everything you want it to be.
Homemaking is important
The truth is that your home’s atmosphere will affect the attitude of your family.
If you want your home to be a peaceful place for you and those you love (and I know you do!), the first step is to create simple routines to make your life run smoothly.
In the Thriving Mom Club, I talk about how being productive isn’t about doing more, it’s about doing things more efficiently.
Routine #1: Laundry Daily
I know at first this is going to feel like too much, I mean, why would anybody want to do laundry everyday? But stay with me!
What overwhelms us about laundry is NOT the process, but the amount of it.
So if we can cut down the amount, we’ll be less likely to dread doing the laundry. (When we dread doing laundry, we procrastinate it, which means it piles up even more! STOP THE CYCLE! Pun intended!)
Tips for Laundry:
- Fill the washer the night before and set the delay.
- When you wake up, switch the laundry to the dryer.
- After you get ready (or read your Bible or exercise) sort the laundry.
- Use these collapsable baskets for each child in the house.
- Hang everything possible to avoid ironing later.
- Don’t worry about wrinkles on stuff that doesn’t matter. (Socks, pajamas, underwear, etc.)
- Have each family member put their own clothes away.
Routine #2: Tidy up every night
This doesn’t have to take a lot of time! And how good do you feel when you wake up in the morning and things are picked up and the sink isn’t full of dishes?
Tips for Tidying Up:
- Have your kids pick up toys every night before bed (5-10 mins)
- After you put the kids to bed to pick up living room (5 mins)
- Put any stray dishes into the dishwasher and start it (3 mins)
- Wipe down the kitchen counters (2 mins)
You’re looking at 15 to 20 minutes for the joy of not stepping on Legos (or Barbies) as you wander around in the dark in the middle of the night to help a sick kid! It’s worth it, mama!
Routine #3: Declutter Daily
Remember, everything that comes into your home is one more thing you have to manage. When I realized that, it changed my clutter problem.
See, clutter creates more stress in your life. So take back your peace by getting rid of stuff.
Tips for Decluttering Daily:
- Don’t pull out more than you can handle in 15 minutes
- Have a set number of hangers and when you get new clothes, purge old ones
- Sort your junk mail over the trash can to avoid piles of mail
- Start small and stay consistent: you’ll see results soon!
- Don’t bring stuff into the house that you don’t have time to manage.
In the Thriving Mom Club, I have several detailed videos about decluttering. Join today and get the first month free!
Bonus Homemaking Tip: Use a timer
There are tons of ways you can use a timer in your homemaking!
First, if you struggle with procrastinating, complete the task you procrastinate and time yourself. Once you see how little time it actually takes, you’ll be less likely to procrastinate it in the future.
Think making the bed or emptying the dishwasher.
Challenge the kids with a timed 15 minute clean up. When you give them competition and fun, they’ll forget that they’re actually doing chores. 😉
I found this great timer that we use for EVERYTHING!
Get started with these three routines and trust me, you WILL see a huge change in your home!