Five Must Have Routines For Your Home
In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I’ll be sharing the five routines that can be helpful for you to consider and the importance of having routines in rotation.
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Ashley Brown 00:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you hate them. And either way, I strongly believe that routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is the Routine and Things Podcast. In each episode, we'll dive into a specific routine or point of view that will move you closer to enjoying life more and more each day. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.
Ashley Brown 00:47
Hey, welcome to the Routine and Things Podcast. I'm so happy you're listening and joining. Before we get into things have you subscribed yet, go click that subscribe button because you don't want to miss any episodes that come out every Monday. And for this week we are jumping into the five must have routines for your home. Did you know there are five? I know you like what five Ashley. We're going to go through all of that. And I'm going to give you all the tea about the five routines you should have for your home. But before we get there, let's just establish what is an actual routine? What is the definition of a routine? So a routine is a series of actions done regularly. That is a series of actions done regularly. That's all a routine is. And so how I like to think about a routine and it may be helpful for you is that a routine is just a habit. A routine is something that you habitually do, especially when you get to the point that you don't have to think about it much or routine. It's only a habit and with any habit. You had to do the series of actions over and over again, in order for it to stay a habit. And so that's how you can think about routine. A routine is a habit. And the thing about routines is that routines are usually daily routines and also weekly routines. So you can have daily and/or weekly routines. And so today we're going to focus on the daily routines that you should have in place. So let's go ahead and get into the five routines or habits that you should have within your home.
Ashley Brown 02:31
Alright, so let's go ahead and start off with the first routine. The first routine that your home should have is a children's routine, a routine that is catered and centered around your kids. Why? Because you know, our kids dictate a lot in our lives, because we have to make sure that everything around them flows in a way that makes sense. And so it's important to just start here and to start with This routine, a children's routine, your kids routine. And you probably already have this routine in place. And so just thinking about how are you what series of actions are you doing with your kids on a daily basis, whether they're at home with you, whether they're at daycare throughout the day, and then they're home or whether they're in school for most of the day, it doesn't matter, you still have to have a routine that is catered around them, because routines, help support your children, routines, help develop your children and routines honestly help provide a great example for them about structure and stability and predictability. And so routines for children are so helpful for them. And honestly, it's helpful for us because you know, as a mom, we are interrupted an hour a day with things that we were not expecting, and so making sure that we Have something and have a routine that we can expect really helps to alleviate some stress and some anxiety that might pop up to our days into our weeks.
Ashley Brown 04:12
Alright, so off to the second routine, which is all about cooking, we have to cook because we have to eat in order to live, right? You get that question every single day. I know you do. What's for dinner? Either your kids are asking you. You're asking yourself or your partner is asking you and you're looking at them like, I don't know, y'all tell me. But no, honestly, you have to have a cooking routine. And it doesn't have to be that you're in the kitchen. So apart of a cooking routine can be you going out to grab something to eat, or you all go into a restaurant. As long as your family and yourself they are like grabbing something to eat or eating at home. It doesn't matter. You just want to make sure that you have a series of actions That you do that feeds your family. That's it. So what does your cooking routine look like? You might be thinking, well, what is a part of a cooking routine? So like I said, a cooking routine is a series of actions that you do regularly that are surrounding cooking. And so that could look like maybe you meal plan each day and in the morning, you sit down to think about what am I actually making. Maybe every morning, you take out some meat from the freezer to defrost it in the fridge before you get home. Maybe you actually have special days within your weeks that you do certain meals. So maybe you have a Taco Tuesday or Meatless Monday. So this is what a cook routine looks like. This is what it can look like. But I will dive deep into each of these routines at a later time in other episodes. But that's basically essentially what I mean when I say a cooking routine.
Ashley Brown 05:59
Now, off to the next routine, which is all about cleaning. So of course, you know, we want to have a clean home. Even though sometimes we get overwhelmed with the amount of things we have to clean and tidy on a regular basis. But a routine can help you to feel less overwhelmed. It can help you to feel more power within your days and actually prevent you from having to play catch up all the time. So think about just what tasks are you doing on a daily basis to clean your home, maybe that's just doing the dishes and sweeping the floor and just tidying up a bit. It doesn't matter do what works for you and your family and what feels good for you. But this is what a cleaning routine is all about establishing those things that you are going to do on a daily basis that keep your home neat and tidy, because there's clarity in the cleanup. You're going to hear me say that all the time. There is clarity in the cleanup.
Ashley Brown 06:59
Next, let's talk about Something that I think is honestly missed a lot. This routine I feel like is overlooked by so many of us. It can be easy for us to overlook this next routine. But it is a must, especially as homemakers, we need to make sure that we have this routine in place. And that is a self care routine. Self care. Hear me loud and clear, self care so important. Because we need to make sure that we are caring for ourselves in order to care for our home and those within our home. We're not going to just reserve self care for Sunday. No, ma'am we're not. You can actually start doing daily self care. It doesn't have to be much. It can be as simple as waking up in the morning and journaling for five minutes. Waking up and doing a quick meditation. It's a great app, called headspace app, and you can go and download that. It is free, and do a quick meditation in the morning when you wake up. You can even do things at night after your workday, you can take you a nice hot, long shower, not the five minute shower that you probably are used to taking when actual shower where you can let your hair down and just feel good under that hot stream of water. You can also read a book, or even just take time out to sit in silence all of these things are ways that you can actually start to have a daily self care routine. So it doesn't have to be much and it is possible for you to care for yourself on a more consistent basis. And I'll be diving into a self care routine later.
Ashley Brown 08:45
So the last routine that I want to talk about is a planning routine. And I saved this one specifically for last because your planning routine is going to help all the other four routine Stay in rotation planning helps you get intentional. And so planning helps you remain intentional so that you can continue to do those routines and be consistent in those routines in order for you to instill and infuse peace in your home and life. And so each week you want to carve out time to actually plan you want to sit down and take the time out to plan and it doesn't have to take you much time. So from now on, try to really make sure that you have a planning routine because I'm telling you is going to alleviate so much overwhelm so much anxiety. Just honestly help you start to realize that you can get things done in your days and in your week, if you actually plan for it, and you plan the right way.
Ashley Brown 10:12
So now that we've reviewed the five routines, which are children, cooking, cleaning, self care and planning, now you might have the question of how do routines help? I went through the routines, but how do these routines actually help you? Right? That's important for you to know. So let me just give you a snapshot of my life at a certain point. So at one point in my life, this was right when I transition into being a working mom to being a stay at home mom. And so when I transition from working mom to stay at home mom, I did not have a routine in place in my life was chaotic. It was crazy. It was a freakin hot mess girl. It was a hot mess. Because I felt overwhelmed with all the things that I had to do. I felt overwhelmed. I felt overworked, because I was just trying to get everything done. And I was not getting the things done consistently. And I felt like I was honestly a loser because I was not able to accomplish the things that I wanted to accomplish. And that needed to be done in my household because I was running around, trying to do this, trying to do that without a clear plan. Really, I was just playing catch up in playing catch up does not feel good because it made me feel like I was rushing around more than I needed to. But when I started to put routines into place and get intentional about that, this brought me so much more peace. Why? Because what it did was it alleviated the overwhelm. When I sat down to plan each week, I got laser focused on what truly matters for this week, not what matters a month later, what matters this week. And so when I would create my plan, and when I started to actually get intentional about my routines and make those routines feel good for me and work for my family this is when I started to feel like you know what I have a handle on my life. I have a handle on my home and I started to feel such relief. And it was kind of like a weight lifted off my shoulders and I started to feel more at ease and more peaceful throughout my days and throughout my weeks.
Ashley Brown 12:38
So that's the power of routines, routines provide stability, they provide predictability, they provide structure is so important that you have routines within your household because think about it this way. I like to compare routines to the building of a home. When you have a home, you have foundation of the home, right? But then you have the structure of the home. If we didn't have structure to our homes and we would be out in all the elements, we wouldn't have any walls up all of that right and that's not good. We wouldn't feel safe and secure is the same thing with routines, routines provide structure, so they provide the structure for your home. So if you do not have any structure in your home, then you are letting in a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress. Because you don't have anything blocking you from not being overwhelmed. You don't have anything protecting you from not being stressed. Routines help provide structure for your home. It also helps you find your rhythm and flow in your home is so important that we have rhythm oh my gosh, I know that you may be seeking balance right there may be something that you have done about, Oh, I just need more balance. But I want you to think about it in this way. I want you to think about instead of balance, think about finding your rhythm. Because I love using this analogy because finding your rhythm just feels good, right? I know you don't want to be off beat in life, who wants to be off beat in life, you want to have rhythm in life. And so to have rhythm in life, you have to put things in place. And you have to say, you know what, this children's routine is going to be this way. And this cooking routine is going to be like this. And this cleaning routine is going to be structured in this manner. In this self care routine. I'm going to make sure I do and then this planet routine is going to help it keep it all together. And when you merge those routines, and when those routines start to feel good. And when those routines work for you. You start to find your rhythm and you just be jamming it out, girl, you just be jamming in your home with no earphones on, you just be jamming with no music lol. And so that is what routines can do for you is can help you find your rhythm in your flow. And of course, when you find your rhythm and you find your flow, you feel good in life, and you have more peace of mind, which is what you want. I know you want peace of mind. So you can make that happen. You have the power and I want to encourage you to use the power that you have to instill peace in your life girl because you have the power.
Ashley Brown 15:40
And so lastly, you may be thinking, What if I don't have these five routines? It's okay. That's why you are here. That's why I'm helping to support you. You can start to create your routines one at a time. So that's my suggestion. Don't try to revamp all of your routines. And so I say revamp, because right now you have routines. Every mom has routines including you, but maybe your routines are not working for you and your family, or maybe your routines don't feel good. And so first you want to get clear about which routines out of the five are either non existent, right? Or they just don't work and don't feel good. And once you've established that, then you can start to work on creating and revamping new routines. And you want to do this one by one. You don't want to overwhelm yourself with trying to incorporate all of these five at the same time. You want to work one by one until you have all five. And the way that you can revamp your routine is actually by going to grab a resource I have for you. I have the revamp your routine workbook. And this is a resource that I created specifically for you, if you need to revamp your routine, it's a free resource and it walks you through first identifying what routine you want to actually revamp and change. Then you start to learn what are the components to a routine that actually work, and then also walked you through? Well, what are some ways that you can make a routine feel good, right, which is so vital because it must feel good for you, because you're going to be the one that is spearheading, in over this routine. And then I give you space actually create and write out that routine. And also, I give you suggestions for transitioning into your new routine so that it doesn't overwhelm or frustrate you or your family. So that's what the workbook includes. And it's a really great resource if you are looking to revamp your routine. You can go grab it at routineandthings.com/routine, and you can get it there.
Ashley Brown 18:04
But next week, I'm going to be diving into what makes a routine work and what makes it feel good. So it would be perfect if you went ahead and grab that resource. Because next week, we're going to be going through those components of what makes a routine work and what makes a routine feel good. And so be great if you had that in your hand looking at or at least on your phone or computer that you have downloaded. So go check that out as routine and things calm for slash routine. Alright, so that's it for this episode, I just want to go back and review the things that we talked about. So first, we talked about what a routine actually is, which is a series of actions done regularly. And then we also talked about the five must have routines for your home, which is children cooking, cleaning, self care, and planning. So so vital that these routines are a part of your home. And then why do we Scenes help. Routines help because it provides structure for your home. And more so than that, it helps to alleviate you from feeling overwhelmed, and overworked and stressed throughout your week and throughout your days. And then we also found out that if you do not have some of these routines, or these routines don't work feel good for you, you have a resource that can help revamp your routine workbook on my site at routineandthings.com/routine. Alright, girl. So that's it for this episode. Please make sure that you subscribe to this podcast. Also rate and review for me. I would love to hear what you think about the podcast. But make sure you come back for next week's episode. Like I said, we're gonna be diving into the components of a routine that works and feels good for you. So you don't want to miss it. Until next time, I hope you're enjoying wherever you are and whatever you're doing, talk to you later.
Ashley Brown 20:00
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