I’ve been a homemaker for 11 years now. It’s interesting to look back at the early years. I would get my household chores done before lunch, worked out everyday, and had free time. This was all before blogging and largely before social media.
Now I often find myself struggling to keep up. There are more demands on my life now and the time suck that is social media. Let’s all be honest “I’m just going to check my Facebook messages really quickly” often turns into scrolling on the newsfeed for far too long and then checking Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc…
A good schedule wasn’t needed as much in my early days of homemaking but these days it’s essential. I’ve talked about wanting to always have my home ready for surprise guests. I’d like to say I’ve done great at that goal but the dishes in my sink and the random fall decor on my office floor say otherwise. It just seems like there isn’t enough time in the day but really it’s all about managing it.
As your life changes you need to adjust routines and that’s the place where I am right now. I’m spending more time on my blog as well as freelance writing. I also have a new home. These two things mean I need to create some new routines.
Over my years as a homemaker I’ve had to create new schedules to fit my changing life many times. While doing this I’ve found many good tips and I want to share them with you. Once you have good routines in place you will wonder how you did without them.
Creating Homemaking Schedules & Routines
1) Get a planner you like and will use. For some digital planners work well and others need paper. I use some digital resources but my main planner is paper. My planner of choice is the Happy Planner, it’s affordable, pretty, and you can add and remove pages. I keep my planner by my desk so it’s always easy to access. If money is a concern you can even make your own planner using free printables.
2) Create morning and night routines. Efficient morning and night routines create a good foundation for the rest of your day. Crystal Paine’s eCourses Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings have been very helpful for me. She gives so much great info for having good routines in place and making the most of your mornings and evenings. You can also check out the Facebook group Make Over Your Life with Dee to have some accountability with these courses.
3) Be Realistic with your time. When you are writing to-do lists, creating routines, and planning your day be sure you are realistic about how much time you really have. We often overbook ourselves which can leave you feeling defeated at the end of the day. Build in extra time for each task to make sure you really have time during the day.
4) Be flexible with your schedule. Our lives change and so should our schedules and routines. If it’s no longer working for you be willing to adjust.
Following these tips will help you create a homemaking schedule and routines that will work for you. Once those things are in place you will be amazed how much easier your days will go.
What are your tips for a good schedule and routines? Share in the comments below and join the Homemaking for Everyone Facebook group to connect with other homemakers.