It's 10:30 a.m. I sit in my rocking chair in the living room, my feet propped on the matching ottoman, my laptop in place. I look to the right and see toys, shoes, discarded clothing, the contents of the diaper bag that the girlie so thoughtfully emptied. I look in front of me and see a coffee table bearing two baskets of folded clothes waiting to be put away. I look to the left and see two ginormous piles of clean laundry waiting to be put on hangars & put away.
All of this stuff waiting to get done, yet here I sit. At least the woman in the photo is nicely dressed, and I bet she can smell dinner in the crockpot and a nicely scented candle burning on her freshly-polished coffee table. I sit here in my bathrobe and slippers, and it's 10:30 a.m.
Okay, enough with the confessions, now on to the ideas.
I have decided that I will establish a routine for Wendy and I. Being that I am a SAHM and Wendy is so far the only child, it's easy for us to just play it by ear - we get up when we wake up, we eat when we're hungry, we go to bed when we're tired. Wendy is plenty old enough now to have a real routine to her day. I am certainly old enough to have a real routine to MY day, too.
Without routine, life (at least in our house) sort of slips into a barely-keeping-up circus of laziness punctuated by frantic activity. That's not good for me, it's not good for James, and it's certainly not good for Wendy. It's kind of like trying to catch almost-set Jello that someone is pouring out of a bowl...you can keep up for awhile, but eventually some is going to spatter on the floor, and who's going to clean that up?
So here is my proposed routine for Wendy and I:
1. Momma up at 7 a.m., showered and dressed by 7:30 a.m., put load in washer
2. Wendy up at 7:45 a.m., cuddled and changed.
3. Family breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by brush-teeth-with-Daddy time.
4. Playtime for Wendy & Momma, switch laundry to dryer (8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.)
5. 10 a.m. - read books, change diaper, time for nap!
6. While Wendy naps Momma will (in order)
a. personal Bible study time
b. clean kitchen/start dishwasher
c. do necessary dinner prep
d. pick up toys
e. fold & put away laundry
f. check e-mail/ blog / facebook
7. Wendy up at 12:30 p.m., cuddle, change diaper
8. Family lunch at 1 p.m.
9. Playtime for Wendy & Momma (1:30-3:15 p.m.)
10. Put toys away
11. 3:30 p.m. - read books, cuddle, change diaper, time for nap!
12. While Wendy naps again, Momma will:
a. empty dishwasher
b. sweep/mop kitchen
c. straighten bathroom/bedroom
d. dust/vacuum as needed
e. start dinner, set table
13. Wendy up at 5:30 p.m.
After this point, James usually gets off at 6 p.m., so we should be able to have dinner at 6, clean-up at 6:30, and proceed from there for family time, Bible reading, budgeting/bill paying, etc.
So what do you think? What routines work for you? And please, tell me I'm not the only one who has trouble getting anything done without a routine!