Homemakers Have Busy Schedules
Stay-at-home moms and homemakers have these super busy schedules.
Some days we feel as if we cannot get caught up or even get one thing done on our to-do list. Then there are days that we celebrate the simple fact that we got a shower.
Many view stay-at-home mom’s as having all the time in the world.
But just because a woman stays home does not mean she has all the time in the world to do as she pleases. In fact, its quite the opposite.
Managing our homes is a full time ministry. And when you add children and husbands to the equation, that takes is up a notch.
Behind every successful homemaker is a routine.
A routine can make our day productive and our household an efficiently running machine. Yet without a routine, we are all up a creek without the paddle.
Truths About Routines for Stay-at-Home Mom’s
*They are helpful
*They increase productivity
*They save you time
*You control how your time is spent, not the other way around.
There are actually a lot more benefits, but there is one more secret truth to having a successful routine.
Every routine has an effective morning routine built right into it that starts the day on the right foot.
Morning Routine Flexibility
As my children have grown and the needs of our family have changed; so has my routine. Because serving my husband and children are integral to my homemaking ministry, I have created my routine around my family.
And serving my family begins hours before they even wake up. Having a large family means more work, more planning, and more time on hand to work.
For me, I don’t deal with distractions well and get overloaded easily, so I prefer waking up 2-3 hours prior to waking up my family.
My Morning Routine
Below is my morning routine.
*Upon waking up I wash my face with a clean warm wash cloth (I shower at night before bedtime)
*I have incorporated an essential oil skin care regimen into my morning routine
- Tea tree oil brushed through my hair
- Peppermint in a carrier oil used a wake up agent on my face
- Eucalyptus massaged under my nose and on my neck to improve sinuses.
*Brush my hair and put it up in a bun, braid, or ponytail.
*I get dressed for the day. No pajamas. I wear clothes that I would wear to the store, school, or for running errands.
*I do a series 3-5 minute stretching exercises. With me having arthritis, sleeping makes my body stiff and moving is difficult without stretching.
*I drink 20 oz of water first thing every morning.
Then I move onto to the following:
- Putting clean dishes away
- Making lunches
- Making breakfast
- Reading my Bible and journaling
- Beginning a load of laundry and often folding some. I usually have a good solid hour to do some blogging before I wake up my children.
Lost Without My Routine
I am lost without my morning routine. The rest of my day is off kilter and nothing seems to go right because I am playing ‘catch up’ all day long.
My homemaking morning has evolved over the years. It has been added to and subtracted from.
What works for me today may not work in a few years. Flexibility plays a key role in a successful morning routine.
How to Create a Successful Homemaking Morning Routine
- Write a list of things that you would like to accomplish in the morning.
- Determine how much time you have
- Determine how much time that you think you will need.
- Determine a wake up time. If you plan on waking up like I do at 4:00 a.m., but go to bed at 1:00 a.m.; that won’t work. Choose a time that allows you to still get sufficient sleep.
- Write down your schedule and keep it with what you would like to accomplish.
- Set your alarm.
- Get up!
Nobody has your schedule, home life, or family except you. Only you can determine what works for you and what your needs are. Your schedule is going to look different than mine, your neighbors, or a lady that is ten years older than you.
The key to a successful routine is flexibility, endurance, and prayer; and a SUCCESSFUL MORNING ROUTINE!
Now go set that alarm!
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home