Two routines to keep your home running smoothly

Homemaking Routines

by Kemi Quinn

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In the few years of homemaking I have had, I found that doing two things each day contributes greatly to a neat and tidy home. Those two things are a morning routine and an evening routine.

You may already have these two routines in place, but whether or not they contribute to the tidiness of your home is another story. Here is how they work.

A morning routine is designed to get your day started off right. Regardless of the size of home and the number of people, there are a few tasks that should be done each day to set the home to rights after awakening. Here's a simple bare bones list of a morning routine.

  • Make the beds.
  • Tidy the bathrooms after use.
  • Make breakfast.
  • Clean up after breakfast.

It's simple, short, and sweet, but if you neglect to do these few things, your house could be a mess in no time.

These items are especially important if you work outside the home and won't see it again until late in the afternoon or early evening. Nobody wants to come home to a messy home, a sink full of dishes, and a rumpled bed.

Evening routines, on the other hand, are designed to assure that mornings go smoother. While there are a few housekeeping chores, these are more for getting you and your loved ones on your way. Here is a list of a few evening routine items.

  • Make sure homework is done and get school things ready for the next day.
  • Be sure all the dishes are washed and put away.
  • Do a quick run through the house and pick up/put away anything in the wrong place.
  • Get everyone's clothes for the next day ready to go.
  • Have a plan for tomorrow's breakfast.

Why not try it out? Make a list of things to do in the morning and evening. You can add to the bare bones list to make it fit your family and your lifestyle. With a morning routine, your days will go smoother, and with an evening routine, your mornings will go smoother.

Kemi is a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mom of one who has run Homemaking Organized since 2006. She blogs about her life at the HMO blog and writes about homemaking of the past at Vintage Homemaking.

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