Before our first daughter was born 4 1/2 years ago, I was a stay-at-home wife. I had a nice and relaxed homemaking routine that worked beautifully. Enter baby number one. That pre-baby routine flew out the window and it took me a few months to get my feet back under me (especially with some unknown health problems dragging me down). Finally, I found a new routine that fit well with my new baby. She woke, ate and slept at regular intervals and I was able to include her in some things and work other things into her nap schedule.
Then, I had baby number two ten months ago. This darling little whirlwind is just now sleeping through the night fairly consistently and getting into a regular nap routine. She already only takes one nap, unlike my first baby who was a fantastic sleeper, so my former routine is out the window… again. For the last ten months I have felt like I’ve been spinning my wheels just trying to manage some crisis control. Instead of being a “keeper of my home”, I feel like I’ve been a one-person “relief team” in a national disaster area! (I do have to jump in here and give brownie points to my amazing hubby for helping out around the house so much!!)
Now that I have Babykins on a somewhat dependable sleep routine, it’s time to revamp my homemaking routine! The very first thing I need to do is prioritize what needs doing. (If you are going to follow along and establish a homemaking routine, be sure to create your own list of priorities! We’re all in different seasons of life and circumstances, so your list may be very different from mine.) I recommend asking your husband what his top priorities are. You might be surprised! If you’ve been neatly folding his socks, but what he really would love is to have a de-cluttered living room when he gets home from work, you might be wasting time and energy. Here’s what I need to get done for my household to run smoothly.
- Meals: We don’t eat processed food and we will soon be going on a special (temporary) diet for health reasons, which will require even more planning, prep and clean-up.
- Dishes: The slightest bit of neglect in this area leads to a mountain of dirty dishes and all of us eating oatmeal out of coffee cups (tell me it’s not just our house where this happens!), so I have to keep this close to the top.
- Laundry: Wearing dirty underwear is not fun. Enough said.
- Clutter: Before kids, my hubby and I would clean up all clutter at 8PM, then have a nice relaxing evening. Loved it! This is my hubby’s big request, so I will be tackling the clutter at least once a day!
- Bathrooms: Dirty bathrooms are just so disgusting and I’ve been guilty of neglecting ours for way too long! The good new is that I have learned to clean it (minus the shower/tub) in just SEVEN MINUTES!
- Floors: With a ten-month-old who thinks that everything on the floor must be yummy food that she should eat, cleaning the floors is important.
- Meal Planning: When I meal plan, we have healthy and nutritious food. When I don’t, it’s not pretty.
- Kitchen: I would like to do a deep clean every week (clean out and wipe out the fridge, wipe splatters from the walls, mop, etc.).
Even more important than those daily and weekly house-keeping tasks, I have two precious little girls that need love and attention. Our eldest has asked (begged) to be taught how to read, so some time dedicated to that most days is important. I also have this blog and several ebooks I’d like to work on more, along with a soon-to-open Etsy store! Whew! I’m getting tired just thinking about all these things!!! *Deep breath*
Our next step will be setting our routines to work with the natural rhythms of our days!
What are your homemaking priorities? Do you need to re-evaluate, too?
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