Isn't it funny how we can get stuck in one way of doing things? For me, it seems that I remember the way my mom did things or I picked up on a habit from another mom and started to assume there was only one way to complete a task.
Since last posting about routine, I've been thinking a lot about rethinking my routine. It started with an episode of the Sorta Awesome Podcast. The subject was the three D's that need to be done when you are in survival mode. The idea is, if you are living in survival mode, focus on accomplishing dinner, dirty laundry (one load), and dirty dishes everyday.
Okay, so I need to admit, I was a little annoyed when this topic was brought up.
I was trying to get the three D's done every day and I was failing. Dinner and dishes, I have under control. Where I really get stuck is getting a load of laundry done every day.
But then Megan shared that she had started putting her load of laundry in the wash after the kids went to bed. In the morning she tosses it in the dryer first thing, and then folds it right after breakfast. Ridiculous and trivial as it might seem, my mind was blown. The big road block I was hitting each day had a lot to do with making three trips down to the laundry room in the basement while the girls were awake. We're definitely in a phase of life (newly mobile baby + daring toddler) when leaving them alone, even for a few minutes, is not a great idea. The funny thing is, it never even crossed my mind to start the laundry in the evening. This small change is totally working for me.
One small change has inspired me to start searching out old, tired routines that aren't working for me anymore and brainstorm new ways to make it work,
Here are three ways I'm rethinking my routine:
- Laundry (see above)
- Exercise. We were making the trip to the YMCA several times a week,and as much as I was loving it, it was adding a lot of stress to our day and sucking up a lot of our morning. This past week I picked up a cheap work out video from Target and started working out while the girls are awake. I was skeptical at first, I was certain there was no way I could workout for 30 minutes with two kids underfoot, but it is going surprisingly well. Clementine does about 10 minutes of the video with me and then wanders off to read. Hazel dances to the music for a while and only starts to get whiny towards the end--which is easily fixed with snacks.
- Lunch. This week, I started experimenting with eating the same thing everyday for lunch. Eating half a chicken breast, steamed veggies, and half a sweet potato means I can cook all of my lunches for the week at one time and simply warm them up while I throw together the girls' lunch.
Hopefully sharing these ideas with you will help you to take a closer look at the brick walls you are running into when it comes to your daily routine. I'm still looking to simplify our days even more, and I would love to hear how your are tweaking your routine to make it work for your family.