I don't know about you, but if my house is a wreck, I feel like I'm a wreck! I feel stressed and overwhelmed if there are dishes in the sink or things out of place. Since having Robby, I realized how important it is to have a daily routine for getting everything done. There are still lots of things that I need to do better on (meal planning is a big one I need to be better with!). Here are just a few things I do each day. I'm hoping to help out someone else to make their days go smoother and in return, I want to know what you do to make your days easier. So, please, leave me comments! Things are going to get crazier around here very soon, so I would love your tips!
First, I make the bed every day, no matter what, within the first 15 minutes or so of getting up.
My mom was very strict about us always making our bed each morning, and I'm grateful she was that way. It really does make the room instantly look picked up!
Second, I never go to bed with a dirty kitchen.
Third, I pick up all of Robby's toys at night before we go to bed.
Truth be told, I pick them up several times a day because I can't stand children's toys all over the house. Plus I have this fear that someone is going to drop by the house, walk in, and think my home is a wreck because of all the toys! Normally, there are not as many toys in the living room as there are in this picture, but Robby was already asleep by the time I picked them up so I couldn't drop them off in his room.
Fourth, I fold and put away laundry as soon as it's done. If I didn't do this, we would be pulling wrinkly clothes out of the dryer throughout the week and then it would just be time to start washing them again! I also do this with our cloth diapers. As soon as they're done in the dryer, I pull them out, stuff, fold, and put them in the diaper hanger. For the same reason! I can't be scrambling for a diaper and insert in the dryer while in the middle of a diaper change!
Those are just the big ("big" in my mind, at least) things I do but there are also some little things. I generally get Robby's milk cup ready the night before and keep it in the fridge. That way as soon as he wakes up, I'm ready to go. If Robby and I have somewhere to be the next morning, I will set out both of our clothes to make getting ready quicker and easier. Something I was pretty good at doing when Robby was first born (and I need to get back in the habit) was showering at night so that no matter what, I knew I had my shower done for the next day! I would say 95% of the time I get a shower every day, but there are still those days that it just doesn't happen. Or it happens in the middle of the afternoon! Also, something simple, is paying all of our bills online on the same day each month, as well as running all of our "bulk" errands on the same day each month. I'm not sure how that will change once Charlie gets here. How likely is it that we will be able to go to Walmart, Target, and Costco all in the same day??
I really want to be better about meal planning and grocery shopping. I would love to not need to go to the grocery store each time I want to make something because I didn't plan ahead at the beginning of the week. Do you have any tips for how to get started (and keep up with) meal planning? I've seen a lot of calendar type things on Pinterest to help with meal planning. Do any of you use something like that? My sister-in-law posted about e-mealz yesterday. I think I might look into something like that. Also, I want to be better about having specific chores that I do on certain days of the week. Generally, I just do things as they need to be done and will do it all in one day. I think if I continue doing it that way, I'm going to get overwhelmed rather quickly after Charlie is born. Do you do all of you cleaning in one day or have specific days each week that you do certain things? Something I've thought of doing is doing one major cleaning task on the same day each month, like cleaning all the blinds on the 5th, the baseboards on the 10th, the microwave on the 15th, the cobwebs in the corner on the 20th, etc. Do any of you do something like that? I'm wondering if it is a realistic thing to try to start doing.
So, spill the beans. Is there a certain way you put away your groceries that makes finding things quicker and easier? Do you have a stock of meals in your freezer for those crazy days when making dinner just isn't possible? I want to know!! How can my life be easier with a toddler and a newborn?