I am not going to lie. There are days when motherhood kicks my behind. I am not the best mother in the world.
I wish my picture of motherhood were Pinterest-worthy. But it’s not. I mean yesterday my child stuck a sucker in my hair. A sucker I gave him to make him stop screaming. Yeah, I am about to write my mother of the year speech.
However, I have learned that on the days motherhood is the MOST chaotic I can fall back on my routine. And I really believe that having a basic routine in place helps things run more smoothly.
I thrive on routine. My kids thrive on routine. So I had to set some things I place to make life easier.
Finding a routine that works for you is paramount. For me it helps settle my mind and helps me just feel better.
1. Begin the day with a clean kitchen. I got this piece of advice from Flylady. She talks about having an empty sink and I will say, that yes, this does make the day go smoother.
So at night before I go to bed I try to tidy up the kitchen, put all the dishes in the dishwasher and wipe down the counter tops.
When I get up in the morning to fix breakfast I am not faced with yesterday’s dishes.
2. Make the bed. An unmade bed just makes the whole room look cluttered. So I take three minutes to put the pillows back in their place and pull the comforter up. That’s it. My bed has no throw pillows or top sheet. It’s just two steps and I am done.
3. Throw on a load of laundry. Each morning after breakfast I throw a basket of clothes in the washer. This way I can stay on top of the laundry before it piles up. It might not get folded for several days, but at least it's clean.
4. Make a meal plan. I usually plan all of our meals at the beginning of the week. This way when 5 p.m. rolls around I am not panicking over supper.
Earlier in the day I usually pull out what I need and throw it in the slow cooker. Really, who invented the crock pot? Let’s give that person a medal!
5. Plan my clothes. I don’t have heaps of clothes so it’s really easy to plan my wardrobe. I stick to a basic uniform, top, pants and cardigan or dress and cardigan or tunic, leggings and cardigan. There is ALWAYS a cardigan.
Knowing I will have clothes to slip into before my kids get up helps me to feel less rushed.
Developing a routine doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming or overwhelming. In fact, it can make your life run that much smoother.