I am here to talk about schedules and routines. Lets just say that I am horrible at keeping schedules and routines! I have a whole weekly schedule I go off of to keep us on track with important chores and things that need to get done. Daily I put them on a dry erase board that the kids and I see throughout the day. When I write that list I think of the most important things that need to get done, because I know they will not all get done that day.
When it comes to cleaning, I am the worst procrastinator. My house is never fully clean unless there is a specific reason for it to be. If I know that we are having people over I will clean the house in one day, the day before, or even the morning of. That is just who I am. I would much rather be playing with my kids, taking time for myself, or looking up recipes to feed the family. Good thing my husband knew he wasn't marrying a housekeeper. I try to keep the house vacuumed, or at least the level that the dog is most of the time, which is much easier now that we have Frank(a Samsung robo-vac). The kids and I do enjoy vacuuming and playing video games at the same time!
I have tried keeping schedules and routines for years. Researched different ways people keep schedules or set them up. I don't think I have kept a solid routine for more than a week and a half. The kids and I like to do different activities at different times. I usually like to get my chores done then move on to fun. Sometimes it's the other way around depending on my mood. The kids usually like to wait till last minute to get their chores done, they like their me time before boring chores. We are "in the moment" people and that is hard to keep routines and schedules, unless they are super important. Laundry usually gets washed on time, important things get put away and then I am left with baskets to put away when I get to it. The dishwasher gets emptied and filled, but those dishes that can't go in the dishwasher just sit there until I am sick of looking at them or I get real ambitious. The thing is I like to take time to hang out with my kids, take me time, go do something fun, or run to the store and not feel like there is something "better" to do or that I'm going to fall behind. One day the kids will be gone and I'll have plenty of time to clean the house, it will be easier too cuz their stuff won't be everywhere.
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that has a hard time keeping schedules and routines. I hope that at least one of you that reads this can breathe a sigh of relief because you are not alone in this situation. Please share with anyone that you think needs to read this. And I pray that any of you that find yourselves fretting over your schedules and routines will find your balance and peace.
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