I was laid off this week. That is okay. I am a full time stay at home mom. Wow, it is an adjustment. But it is the vocation I am 100% convinced I am called to. It’s my life’s dream.
Before Bed Routine
1. 7:00 Get the children ready for bed (30 min)
- Walk them through their BBR
- Pray together as a family, read a book & tuck the children in bed (7:30)
2. Clean up the house before you go to bed (30 min)
- 5 minute room rescues – living room, bedrooms, bathroom
- Kitchen – clean it up, shine sink, lay out clean dishcloths
- 5 minute hot spots – dining table & desk
3. Think about tomorrow before you go to bed (20 min)
- Check your calendar for appointments
- Start a to do list for tomorrow
- Ask myself & hubby: “What can be done that will make tomorrow morning easier?”
- Gather items you don’t want to forget and place them by the door
- Start breakfast – set the table & make a mental note for breakfast
- If you plan to use the slow cooker, get some ingredients ready
- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
4. Cool down before going to bed (20 min)
- Get yourself ready for bed
- Brush your teeth, wash your face and comb your hair
- Take vitamins
- Pray together
5. Spend screen-free time with hubby
- Make some tea for hubby & myself
- Chart! Be in bed by 10:00
First Thing Morning Routine
1. 5:30 Rise and shine!
- Make your bed
- Work out
- Go into the bathroom; shower and clean it while you’re there
- Dress to shoes; fix your hair & face
- Swipe the counter & Swish the toilet
- Leaving the living room with a load of laundry in hand and go straight to the washer
2. The kitchen
- (If you BBR) The kitchen is clean and all you need to do is empty the dish drainer!
- Make coffee and tea and start breakfast
- Prepare breakfast
3. Think about your day
- ASK HUBBY BEFORE HIS SHOWER HOW I CAN HELP HIM OUT THE DOOR (fill a travel mug of coffee, etc)
- Check your calendar
- Make your to do list
- Dinner prep
- Review checking account and bring down the balance
- Hit the hot spots, if any are messy
4. Now think about yourself
- Take vitamins
- Sit down and relax for a moment
- Reboot the laundry (put it in the dryer)
- Reward yourself with some computer time
5. Get the children ready for the day
- Wake them up at 7:00!
- Walk them through their morning routine
- Eat breakfast together
- Set the timer for 10 minutes: Clean up chairs, floor mats,, dishes and kitchen
- Now you’re free to play until lunchtime and it isn’t even 8am!
Naptime Tidy Up
- 5 minute room rescues – Living room, Bathroom, Bedrooms (15 min)
- Fold & put away laundry (15 min)
- Put away dishes & wash any that are dirty (15 min)
- Get drinks & snacks ready for kids (5 min)
1. Set the mood for a peaceful suppertime (start at 4:15)
- Spend a couple minutes freshening your face
- Set supper table
- Start supper. Fill the sink with hot, soapy water and wash dishes as you go
- Light candles
- Put on some nice music
- Pick up a couple hot spots
2. Get supper cleaning out of the way (30 min)
- Timer 10 min: Wipe down the high chairs, trays, table and floor mats
- Timer 15 min: Put the food away. Wash those few dishes that are left.
- Timer 5 minutes: Take out all upstairs trash.
Without a plan I do not get very much done. That is the way of it. This is how I have been spending my first days as a stay at home mommy. Well, the Morning and Before Bed have happened mostly. I am not used to washing dishes and folding laundry every day. And I fight insomnia. Baby steps in the right direction.
Ora et labora!