Making routines routine

You will not be shocked to hear this: I’m a big fan of routines. Our family has routines for school days, weekends, grocery shopping, bed time, cleaning the kitchen after dinner… just about anything and everything. But, trying to keep a structured routine with a family can be, well, trying. Since it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit, it can be especially tough to make some serious changes to your mornings and evenings, especially as family life is always busy and constantly changing.

One habits pointing one way, new ones pointing another

If you’re struggling to get ready on time and are always rushing, check your routine (or lack thereof). You may find that some small changes can make a huge impact on your daily life. Think about what your ideal morning and evening would be like. Would they look something like this?

Morning:

  • Make bed
  • Wash and put away dishes (or run dishwasher)
  • Wipe bathroom & kitchen counters
  • Quick 2 minute pickup
  • Check calendar

Evening:

  • Wash dishes and run dishwasher (or put away dishes)
  • Wipe kitchen counters and sink
  • Sweep kitchen
  • Take out trash
  • Clothes (do a load, put dirty in hamper, put clean away)
  • Go through mail
  • 15 minutes pick up blitz
  • Set up coffee
  • Pick out clothes
  • Make lunches and pack bags

Take a look at what you’re doing now and compare it to how you would like it to look. Maybe there are some things on your list that can be shifted from morning to night to help your AM run a little smoother. Give it a try for 66 days and see if it makes a difference.


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Professional organizer in Champaign-Urbana, with a philosophy of reduce, arrange, maintain.

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