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Mommy Blogger Series: Daily Routine and Chores


Daily-chores-683x1024 Mommy Blogger Series: Daily Routine and Chores

Elisabeth Elliot said, “This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”

My daily routine is split up into three segments: Morning, afternoon, and evening.

Morning Routine

5:15: Wake up

Typically, our alarm goes off at 5:15 and I get up at that point. However, there are times we get up between 3:20 and 5:00 for the day.

The same chores are done daily:

Pack lunches for children and have ready to grab on the way out

Pack my husband’s lunch and snacks for the day

Laundry: Wash, dry, and put away

Put away clean dishes

Get breakfast out and ready for the kids

Prepare my husband’s work clothes for the day

Make the bed

Tidy up house

DQT: Daily Quiet Time, read Bible, journal, and pray

Makeup to-do list

Check daily planner

Check blogging planner

Sign any school-related paperwork for children, have backpacks ready, and outdoor gear.

Check emails and respond

See husband off to work

6:30

Wake up children

Help younger children get dressed and make beds

Kids eat breakfast

Do dishes, sweep, and clean kitchen

Kids brush teeth and get ready for school

Braid or brush hair


7:40

Drop kids off at school

10 minute wait at another school

8:15

Arrive home

Shower

Visit relatives (1-2 times weekly)

Volunteer at church

Begin daily chores: sweeping, vacuuming, tidying up the house, emptying garbages,

Do my weekly chore for that scheduled date

10:30

Time with Rachel: Reading, writing, singing, playing, coloring, painting, crafts…

Rachel eats lunch and she is off to bed

Tidy house

Check bedrooms

Afternoon Routine

Noon

Eat lunch

Begin writing for the day

Make phone calls

2:00

Sew or repair work

Organize

Deep clean

Computer work, pay bills, or chores that my husband needs me to do.  These past few weeks I have been checking our sap as we are doing maple syrup.

2:30

Wake up Rachel and go to school to pick up children

While waiting for the children to get out of school, Rachel and I read, while she eats snacks, and or we have our own silent time.

3:30

Arrival home with all six children.

Gathering of lunch boxes

Preparation of dinner by myself or my daughters

The children unwind in the first 30 minutes they arrive home

Spot clean in the kitchen

Switch out a load of laundry

Empty garbage

Evening Routine

4:00

My husband arrives home and we eat dinner by 4:30

Preparation of leftovers for tomorrows lunches

5:00

Dinner dishes cleaned

Kitchen and dining room clean up (the children and I work together on this)

Fridge, microwave, and stove wiped down on the outside

My children use this time to do homework or play

6:00

Remind children to pick up their toys and tidy their rooms, before reading their Bibles

6:30

Children are to read their Bibles

After Bible reading time we do our family devotions (2-3 times a week)

7:00

Media time for the children-computer, tablets, or television. While the children are enjoying media time, I either read, write, or play board games with children that don’t want media for the evening.

Bath time for the youngest children

Play board games or read books to children who don’t want television


8:00

Bedtime routine for the four youngest children

Followed by showers, reminders, and good night routine for the older two children

9:00

Fold blankets, fluff the couch, and straighten pillows on the couch.

Check to do list and see what did not get done

Read one of the many books I have going on

Check emails and messages

Finish blogging or writing, or working on the technical aspect of the blog

Bedtime

I head to bed anytime between 10 and 11:00

Notes:

*My children are an integral part of my routine. They help with chores and tasks around the house.

*Flexibility is key to my routine being successful.

*I avoid television, social media, and other distractions during the main part of my workday. It is too easy for me to get off task and waste time.

*Multi-tasking is a major time saver

In concluding this portion of the series, I would like to encourage to read Weekly Chores and see and what my routine looks like for the week.

Blessings,

Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home

Next in the series, Weekly Chores.


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