Motherhood and chaos seem to go hand in hand.
From the day you bring that little bundle of joy from the hospital, your life become slightly less ordered.
I used to balk at the disorder kids brought into my life. It took some softening of my heart and lots of bible studying to learn that since I know my children are a blessing, then the messes they bring along must be viewed as a blessing.
While mess and choas abound with little ones at home, it does not mean that we cannot strive to make our days just a tiny bit more ordered.
I find that I am less frazzled and more peaceful when I have a tiny bit of order in my day.
I have come up with the three most important things to do if you are interested in having a more ordered day.
#1: Daily Routine
#2: 3 MIT Every Day
#3: System for the Kitchen & Laundry
When I have these three areas in order, it frees up space to play and have fun with my family.
Let’s get started
As a Christian wife, mom, and homeschooler, I desperately need my day to line up with my priorities.
If not, I will go to bed feeling defeated by all I did not accomplish.
As a perfectionist, I always want to finish more, make more happen, start new things, finish projects. However, there are only so many hours in a day.
When I started to line up my priorities with my routine, I felt an overwhelming peace and joy in my home. And I know it can be yours as well!
A daily routine does not always have to go exactly by the clock. It is more of an order of your day so that you stay on track and keep your priorities straight.
If you want to create a daily routine that lines up with your priorities: here is the recipe for success!
STEP 1: Write down your priorities in order. This starting place will help you to plan a routine that lines up with your priorities, as well as provide you with a map for future decisions.
STEP 2: Write down your necessities. Determine how much time you need for each activity.
Step 3: Work backward by plugging in your necessities.
Step 4: Add your big life priorities to the schedule.
Step 5: Be flexible. You will not follow this routine exactly. It is more of a framework and helps you make wiser decisions.
Once you have this daily routine in place, it only takes a few minutes to check your routine and keep you focused and a little more in order.
I have a complete post written on How to Line Up Your Daily Routine With Your Priorities. Check it out for more information.
3 Most Important Tasks Every Day
I recently learned the value of writing down three MITs every day.
Every night before going to bed I write down my 3 MITs. These are tasks that absolutely need to get done.
I have found that sometimes I have to break the task up. For example, I have been planning our entire school year for next year. I am planning on taking the whole month of July off so I am spending time now planning.
I broke this MIT into 15-minute increments. I would work on one subject for 15 minutes. That would be one of my MITs for that day.
By having a plan, I was amazed at what I accomplished in a short amount of time.
The big project was too overwhelming, but writing it down and breaking it up, I made some serious headway.
This simple trick makes such a difference. I was introduced to this idea by Kelly Holmes at The Reformed Idealist Mom. Her book, Happy You, Happy Family is an absolute MUST READ.
You can grab a free sample of Happy You, Happy Family by CLICKING HERE.
Try it this week: write down three tasks that you want to accomplish the next day and get it done!
Systems for the Kitchen & Laundry
The final trick to keeping things in order is staying on top of the kitchen and laundry.
I truly think that the rest of the house seems to fall into place (or can quickly be whipped back into shape!) when the dishes and laundry are under control.
The best way for me to stay on top of these tasks is to use systems.
For dishes, I run the dishwasher at a specific time each day and have my kids unload it at a specific time each day.
The time has changed over the years, but the concept remains the same. Right now, the dishwasher is started right after breakfast and unloaded during lunch.
If you are interested in learning about more kitchen systems, check out Ten Kitchen Systems That Really Work.
For laundry, we have a rotation for our laundry. It is on a continuous rotation between the big kids, the little kids, the adults, and towels/sheets.
This results in NO MORE SORTING. Such a huge time saver.
10 Minutes to a More Ordered Day
Now you may be thinking, how am I going to fit this into 10 minutes a day??
At first, you are going to have to set up your routine and your dishes/laundry system.
Once you have those in place, it only takes 10 minutes to a more ordered day.
Each night, you check your daily routine and you write down your 3 MITs.
The next day you stay on top of laundry and dishes with your systems and work through that routine and MITs.
I am sure you can see the order that this can bring to anyone’s day!
Get started now and please let me know how it goes. I would love to see how you are bringing more order to your day.
Need a little more help?
Recently, I received a copy of Having a Martha Home the Mary Way.
This book is way more than tips on how to get your home in order. It is a Christian guide for homemakers.
It starts with your heart and moves onto your home. I loved Sara’s honesty.
By breaking down each area of the home into manageable chunks, this book can be a help to even the most desperate homemaker.
It was a blessing to me to remind myself of the importance of my heart in homemaking.
It is truly what is on the inside that counts.
Check out Having a Martha Home the Mary Way for inspiration.
While chaos and kids will always go hand in hand, this book has a plan to keep you grounded.
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