The art of creating and maintaining a home is not always easy to navigate. Today we’re sharing our simple daily routine to help homemakers conquer the day! There’s nothing quite like a little organization to help set your world right side up!
Simple Daily Routines to The Rescue!
Whether you’re like me and have recently left the corporate world, or you’re a new mom trying to learn how to be a stay-at-home parent, or you’re just feeling overwhelmed, this article is for you!
What’s So Important About a Daily Routine for Homemakers?
Do you ever feel like you’re so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to start? Maybe you feel the need to rest, but also you know there are things you really need to get done as well. Instead of choosing to do one or the other; rest, or work, you freeze up, and don’t do anything. All the while feeling guilty for not doing SOMETHING.
Establishing a routine helps form the disciplines you need to have freedom throughout your day. It helps avoid being a prisoner to your home and daily chores. Having a daily routine allows you to free up your day to relax, enjoy your kids, make nice meals, and even do some of your favorite hobbies. As long as there is chaos in your home, it’s difficult to feel the freedom to do other things you enjoy. A good routine helps set the tone for your whole day.
And in case you need a little extra help, we’ve created a free “Daily Routines to Help Conquer the Day” printable. Simply click here to download!
A Realistic and Flexible Routine to Start the Day Right
So how would it feel to have a routine that doesn’t feel like every minute of your day is planned? Something realistic to give you parameters, but doesn’t completely hem you in. How about getting back to the basics of what makes a house feel like a home? Little tips and tricks to make the homemaking process work smarter instead of harder. Splitting the day into 3 parts, morning, afternoon, and evening, will help you take each part of the day one step at a time. Let’s get started making a plan!
Part 1: A Homemaker’s Morning
Mornings are a great time for homemakers to do simple daily routines that make your house feel clean without too much effort. It also gives you a chance to start the day with a nice self-care routine like a good cup of coffee and some time alone to reflect, read, do devos, or exercise.
Sometimes that means getting up early before the kids. If you can help it, get to bed earlier at night so that you can savor that time alone in the early morning hours.
A Simple Morning Checklist
- Make your morning coffee or tea
- Have meditation or devotional time, or maybe exercise?
- Make your bed
- Get dressed
- Start a load of laundry
- Unload the dishwasher
- Lay out something for dinner
A few notes for your morning routine:
Making your bed: My mom always told us that making your bed every morning will make your whole bedroom feel cleaner. It’s one of those things that packs a lot of punch with minimal effort.
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” -William McRaven, US Navy Admiral
Getting dressed: Don’t stay in your pajamas all day! Don’t you feel so much better, more ready to face the day, when you’ve actually gotten dressed? For an extra boost, throw on some shoes, brush your hair, and put on a little makeup. It will rock your world.
Start a load of laundry: Laundry is the never ending story. Keeping on top of it by doing at least one load a day will help you keep your sanity.
Unload the dishwasher: Stop unloading and reloading the dishwasher at random points in the day. Unload first thing in the morning, and simply add your dirty dishes throughout the day.
Lay out something for dinner: Avoid the 4:00 pm panic of what to make for dinner by laying out some frozen meat to thaw in the morning.
For more helpful advice on keeping a schedule as a homemaker or stay-at-home mom, check out Katie at Heart’s Content Farmhouse and Homemaking Organized.
Part 2: An Afternoon Plan
Afternoons are a great time to do miscellaneous chores or activities that you may not have had time for in the morning.
- Deep cleaning projects
- Meal prep
Do you have babies or little ones? Why not take advantage of their nap time to do something that you need or want to get done?
- If baby kept you up all night, consider resting and having a nap while baby is sleeping as well!
- Afternoons are a great time to do one deep cleaning project a day. For example: How about Mondays for cleaning the bathrooms, or dusting and mopping?
- Fitting in something that you enjoy as part of your homemaking routine is also so good. How about picking up a book, or having a hot tea and some chocolate?
- Consider making little ones have a “quiet time” to rest, play, look at books, etc. This will also give you a chance to do a few things alone, without interruption.
Weekly grocery shopping: Be sure to wipe out the refrigerator and throw out any old leftovers any time you get groceries. Making sure the fridge is tidy each week will save you from being totally grossed out when it’s time to deep clean it.
Also, when purchasing multiples from the grocery, be sure to put the oldest items at the front and the newest at the back. This ensures that you aren’t wasting food by letting things go bad!
Choose ONE Deep Cleaning Project for Each Day of the Week
Deep cleaning projects can often feel epic! Remember, you don’t have to get everything done in one day. Why not choose ONE deep cleaning project for each day as part of your homemaking routine? Spreading out the load makes the task of deep cleaning much less intimidating.
Need help writing down a plan for your simple daily routines? Click HERE to download our FREE PDF printable of our “Weekly & Daily Planner”!
Part 3: Simple Daily Routines to Help Homemakers: Evening Plans
Hopefully by this point in the day, you can look forward to some relaxation. As a homemaker, getting the bulk of your housework done in the early part of the day gives you the opportunity to take it a bit easier in the evenings.
After Dinner: A Simple Routine for Evenings
- Wipe down the stove and countertops
- Load the dishwasher
- Sweep floors in the kitchen (or wherever)
- Fold laundry
A few notes on your evening routines:
Loading the dishwasher: Finish filling the dishwasher with the dirty dinner dishes. Be sure to turn it on before bedtime.
Fold Laundry: Remember that load you washed this morning? Now is the perfect time to fold that load while relaxing in the living room, maybe while watching a show or movie.
Exercise: My favorite time to work out is in the evenings. If this is the best chance you have for some quiet time, by all means try to move your body for a little while (at least 30 minutes) in the evening when the kiddos go to bed!
Mix It Up!
These ideas are simply a loose guide to help you manage your day with more peace and vision! Being overwhelmed is such a bad feeling, so I hope this helps you feel like you are more in control of your day. Tweak these ideas in whatever way fits best with your family, time limits, and lifestyle!
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