Momma’s Dirty Dozen to Keep Me Sane This Holiday Season
Keeping a routine during the busiest season of the year is a great way to keep you focussed. If you make it a practice to repeat the same routine daily, your house will be a bit tidier, you will feel more in control and you will be more capable of handling the Christmas (Holiday) Rush.
I am sharing my daily routine, minus work obligations and volunteer obligations because some folks work out of the home, some folks work as stay at home moms, and some folks work in the home and try to juggle everything.
This is my daily dirty dozen: WIthout each of these steps things tend to get a little crazy around my house.
- Morning in this order, coffee, check email, make bed, get dressed.
- 5 minute power walk
- 5- minute pick-up
- Make breakfast and lunches ( I am a morning person)
- Laundry Booster: Laundry around here is accomplished on the weekends, but if I need a few things like School Spirit shirts or fresh yoga pants I toss them in the washer right after breakfast.
- 30-minutes of movement. Somedays I have to divide this into three time slots.
- Organized Homework TIme: The more organized homework time is the quicker it is finished. We set eveyrthing out that we need before we begin and I let my son choose what he would like to start with and we finish with reading.
- Planned Dinner: Be it planned the day before or a week in advance, dinner at home is a time saver. I know, dishes and all, blah, blah, blah. But the children are home and can get to bed on time, which normally will not happen if we go out for dinner. Not to mention, it saves money!
- Kitchen clean-up: I must admit my dear husband does this most of the time, but he is not a fan of washing pots and pans so I wander in after he is finished loading the dishwasher and wash a thing or two. ( yes, I am a lucky girl)
- Calendars and Lists updating and checking: Before bedtime: I check my calendar for what is coming up tomorrow and what I may need to add from my notes and email. If I do this every day nothing gets missed. If I skipped a day, little Guy will not have his yellow t-shirt on to be the squash in the school play. I also keep detailed lists of every single project I am working on, be it for work, school, choir, or home. These are updated throughout the day and reviewed at night.
- Evening Routine: Pajamas, face, teeth…. etc…
- Day is Done: I read for a bit then watch mindless television with my husband.
What is your routine? What keeps you sane during the holiday season?