I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of those people who thrives on routine. It started in college when I would plan my schedule for school and my schedule for work. I marked the calendar with study hours, free time, work time, classes, etc. It worked for me. It allowed me to maintain a darn good GPA while working 40 hours a week. After college the routines just stuck.
I suddenly had routines for how I paid bills, how I cleaned the bathroom, what order I would unload the dishwasher, etc. It just made tasks easier to accomplish. I don’t necessarily expect others to adopt my routines, but they help me balance all that comes with raising three children and running the household.
Sunday night routines happen to be my favorite.
Because of how chaotic and packed the school week tends to be I do my best to make sure Sunday nights are restful and relaxing around the house. I figure keeping things calm before the weeks starts allows my family (and me by default!) to enter the week with a clear head.
Every Sunday night I try to make a big dinner. I do this because it is the one night a week I know everyone will have their feet under the table at the same time. There are no evening activities, no social calls to attend, no errands – just a family dinner.
While my husband cleans up dinner (oh, yes he does!) I make sure the kids get through their showers. Sure, they shower throughout the week. But on Sundays I am checking ears, clipping nails, monitoring flossing, drying hair, and whatever else is needed.
I follow shower time with a sweep through each bedroom to help the children pick out their clothes for the next day. We are sure to have the right shoes in case they have PE and this limits any rush the next morning to find what to wear.
Then I move on to packing lunches. I do this every night but on Sundays I like to take extra time – writing little notes, packing a little surprise – whatever I feel might brighten their Monday.
At this point the kids usually relax in the living room with a book or they’ll play a game with their Daddy. This is when I get my time. I brew myself a fresh cup of coffee, curl up on the couch, and work on the grocery list for the week. I make a menu for the week and cross-reference this with the calendar of activities, birthday parties, and camping trips that are scheduled for that time. I check sales online at my local grocery store and I write out a detailed list so I can head right to the store Monday morning after the kids are off to school.
As soon as the kids head to bed I try to squeeze in a quick blog post before relaxing for the rest of the night…usually with a good book.
I love the simplicity of this routine on Sunday nights. It keeps me centered and ensures my family has a stress free start to the week. Come 6:00 AM Monday morning it’s GO GO GO. But Sunday evening are for us – to relax, to breathe, and to remember that, even in the chaos of our lives, we still appreciate our time together.
What routines do you have to make your life easier?