Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What's your routine?

It's the first day of school for most kids in Michigan! (there was actually a bill passed a few years ago that requires public schools to begin after Labor Day -- since tourism, camping, etc. is so big in our state!) Even though I'm now going to be responsible for both of my girls all day every day, I'm glad this day is finally here.

I thrive on routine. I love schedules, itineraries, lists, etc. (if you're that kind of person too, check out this website). "Going with the flow" too often drains me. So I'm ready to get this school year started and get my girls -- and myself -- on a daily schedule.

photo courtesy of dwayno

Mostly I'm going to work on getting Ellie on a consistent eating and sleeping schedule. She's one month old today (wow!) and I believe is at the point where we can do things by the clock. Of course our evenings will vary depending on Rocky's tennis schedule, and meetings etc. at church. And Ellie cluster feeds quite a bit in the evenings (probably a reason she sleeps so good at night!) so there will be some inconsistency from day to day. But during the day, we're going to give a schedule a try...

I'm hoping I'll be able to use my morning-person-ness to get up a little earlier and do some things like devotions/reading my Bible, writing a blog post, and getting my Facebook-fix, so that once Abby wakes up I can give the girls my undivided attention for awhile. 

Eventually I want to get housework into my routine too -- although I'm not sure whether to plan a day at a time or a week at a time. I love lists and checking things off my to-do list, but I'm undecided about setting a schedule like: clean the bathroom on Monday, sweep the floors on Tuesday, etc. versus making a list of everything to accomplish that week and working on whatever I can whenever I can...

What is your daily/weekly routine like? Especially you young moms out there? Do you even have a routine??

P.S. I haven't done a Musical Monday post in awhile, and I know today is Tuesday, but in the spirit of the First Day of School, here is a fun little song:


  1. I'm so with you on this one. I think part of the reason I've been such an emotional wreck lately is the transition from working to staying home and not knowing what to do with myself. So like your friend Penelope, I've been making lists. I made a list of weekly household chores I need to do. Right now it's just a big list for the whole week, but I think I'm going to pick specific tasks for each day - otherwise I look at this big, daunting list and give up. If I know I only have to do 2 certain things each day, I'm more likely to do them.

    I also made a list of things in general I want to do - some Pinterest projects, some organizing projects, etc. That way when I'm overwhelmed by the "I'm bored" feeling (which I'm sure you have less than I do with 2 haha), I can choose something to do.

  2. Hi Carrie! I'm so glad I found your blog through the World Bloggers hop. I'm now following you with GFC. I don't like lists. I love the absence of routine. But, being a mom means that I have to do lots of routine all the time.

    Tina - Christian mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs

  3. Hi Carrie!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I'm a total list person too...it makes me feel so much more mentally organized and I get the little reward of checking something off the list. :) Kind of silly I know, but really rewarding for me. I don't have a routine at the moment such as a task for each day, but I do try every evening to do a quick tidy of the house so that I can start fresh in the morning...it makes it so much easier to get out of bed when I know the downstairs is at least not a total toy bomb zone. Especially now when I'm so sleep deprived due to my 1-week old. :)
    Take care!

    1. I try to get my 2-year-old to help me pick up her toys before bed each night... I much prefer waking up to a clean(ish) floor!!

  4. Carrie, I too thrive on routine. I'm finding out now that all of my children are out of the house and at school all day that I'm terrible at making myself follow a routine if they aren't here. Who knew?! But you are inspiring me to rededicate myself to the effort. Because I do have so much better days when a routine is in place. Thanks for linking up with NOBH! Smiles -


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