My guilty pleasure is vloggers. I'll admit it. I love a good mommy-vlogger/YouTube channel. But lately, these moms who used to make me feel better about my dive into motherhood have made me feel inadequate because...I don't have any sort of schedule.
Sure, there are things that we do every day. I can count on being woken up in some sort of time range (between 6 and 7:30). He needs a nap about two to three hours after that. Bedtime is kind early, sometimes 5:30, sometimes as late as 7:30. But that's where the organization of our day stops.
And it's hard!
I love Love LOVE routines. I discovered this about myself living alone a few years ago. I would wake up at 5:30 in the morning so that I could wake up, walk the dog, pray and make breakfast, all before actually tackling my to do list. And I thrived on it. I love predictability in my day-to-day. Sure, an adventure or change in plans was also enjoyable, but consistency? Gosh, I love it.
This though? This I don't love. But I'm coping with a few small routines that help me feel in control of my crazy, schedule-less days.
1.) A Cleaning Schedule
You read that right. I have a cleaning schedule, neatly written across the top of my monthly calendar. Thursdays are for deep-cleaning the kitchen. Saturdays are for the bedrooms. Sundays are a day of rest. You get the picture. I like this approach to housework for several reasons. Firstly, it minimizes the amount of time I spend cleaning each day. I don't mind cleaning in general, but there are certain tasks I dread, such as laundry. By scheduling it, I don't put it off until the task becomes overwhelming. I should also mention that there are also things I do every day, such as sweep, wipe down counter tops, and pick up (especially the nursery).
2.) Wall Calendar
I maintain a large calendar in the kitchen that has Josh's (erratic) work schedule, any appointments, to-dos, payments, and special events for the month. I picked one out that is actually lined, so I can write multiple pieces of information on each day. I even have my content ideas written down! Next week is supposed to feature a list of things that my family loves! I also use the calendar for accountability, such as checks, stars, and other notes to help keep me on track with goals and plans.
3.) Another Calendar
This time, in planner-form. I jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon and decided to try one out for this year. I love filling out my planner, using fun little details, and crossing things off of my to do list, so I decided to increase my joy by creating my own using a bullet journal. So far, I'm enjoying that little creative spark that comes from designing my own spreads, but I will admit that mine are very simple compared to what some very talented people share on social media.
As life goes on, I'm sure I will eventually get to settle back into some sort of routine, but currently with a teething baby, a husband in hospitality, and as a student whose schedule changes practically every week, it just isn't quite feasible. But learning to relax into each day and let go my need for control hasn't been a bad thing either.
What about you? Do you crave a schedule and/or routine or do you enjoy taking each day as it comes? Let me know!
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