Five Must Have Routines For Your Home [Encore Episode]

If you’re unsure about which routines can be beneficial for your home and life, today’s episode is for you! In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast I’m taking you back to our very first episode where I share five routine categories most impactful for your life. Pull out a sheet of paper and a pen because you’ll want to take notes. Let’s get into it!
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Ashley Brown 0:00
Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe 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, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:48
Before we get into today's episode, have you ever wondered which routine is the best for you to start right now, if you are unsure of which routine will best meet the needs of your home and life at this very moment, you now have a way to find out. I've created for you a very simple and free routine assessment that will help you identify which routine you really need most right now, to take this quick assessment that will point you in the right direction and get you started with the right routine. Click the link in the show notes. Go ahead to routineandthings.com.

Ashley Brown 1:21
Alright, let's go ahead and get into today's episode. Hey, welcome back for another episode of the routine and things podcast I am your host, Ashley Brown. And today is a special encore Episode: Five must have routines for your home. I specifically chose to play this episode again and to have it be here for you in this time, because this is our top listened to podcast episode. Out of all of the Podcast episodes we have done this one gets the most listens. And so I'm super excited about that because I feel like this is a very foundational episode that helps you lay the foundation in terms of your routines. I talked about in this episode five specific routine categories that can be really useful for you to think about when it comes to starting and establishing routines. And those categories briefly are cooking, cleaning, children's self care and planning.

Ashley Brown 2:25
This could be a really, really beautiful episode one if you're a new listener, so welcome. This is really great that you're starting here. Or if you've been listening to the podcast for a while, this could be a really great reminder and refresher for you. So no matter where you're coming from, whether you're new, or you're an OG here part of the community, I think this is going to be a really important episode to listen to. And so instead of playing the entire episode, again, what I've done is taken out the parts that I feel like are super relevant, that I feel like are super useful for you. And that will help you to take action after you listen. So that's what this episode is going to be about today. And I hope that you enjoy it.

Ashley Brown 3:10
So let's get into things we are jumping into the five must have routines for your home. Did you know there were five? I know you're 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 that you should have for your home. 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, 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 at 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 in our 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 through our days into our weeks.

Ashley Brown 5:03
Alright, so after 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 a part of the cooking routine can be you going out to grab something to eat, or you all going to a restaurant, as long as your family and yourself that you're 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. 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 everything looks like. This is what it can look like.

Ashley Brown 6:25
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 7:25
Next, let's talk about something that I think is honestly missed a lot. This routine, I feel like it's overlooked by so many of us. And 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 is 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. You can even do things at night after your work day, you can take you a nice hot long shower, not the five minute shower that you probably are used to taking but an 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.

Ashley Brown 8:49
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 routines 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. So from now on, try to really make sure that you have a planning routine because I'm telling you, it is going to alleviate so much overwhelm so much anxiety and 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 9:57
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. Okay, well, that's it for this episode. How was it? Did you feel like it reminded you of some things? Was it a good refresher for you? Or if it was your first time listening: How was that? What do you think about the five routine categories? Which one will you be implementing? And remember, when you are starting with these categories, it is just a starting point.

Ashley Brown 10:45
You want to get a little bit more specific about what in the category which specific routine do you actually want to create, and we have the routine assessment for you, which is absolutely free, at routineandthings.com. So you can definitely go there. And try to get a little bit more specific where with where you're going to start in terms of these five categories. Alright, so that's it for this episode. But I want to leave you with some routine wisdom. And that is, start with what you need and create a routine to support you. I mean, you know what you need right now in your life and you can without a shadow of a doubt, create a routine that is going to help support you with what you need. But that's it for today's episode. Thank you for listening. Please share this today with someone you know that this could be really beneficial for and leave a rating and review of the show I would greatly greatly appreciate it. But until next time, continue to enjoy wherever you are, wherever you're doing. Stay happy, and I will talk to you next week.

Ashley Brown 11:50
Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social I would love to know you're listening. And for tools to help you start maintain and enjoy your routines. Be sure to head to routine and things.com. Here's to staying happy.
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