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Posted: 4/10/2013 2:23:41 PM
I work 2-3 days a week, and have for almost two years. But I'm still struggling to get into much of a routine where I get the things done that I want. Part of the problem is that I thought I would be full time again by now (and am still looking) so I wanted to spend time with the kids and do things I normally wouldn't do with them. But I end up feeling like most of the day is wasted doing things that aren't always in line with my priorities (working out, keeping a clean house, doing more educational activities with my 4 year old). So, what is your routine or other tips you have for me? Thanks!


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Posted: 4/10/2013 2:57:46 PM
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Posted: 4/10/2013 3:15:44 PM
My routine varied depending on the ages of my kids. When they were smaller, I didn't stress about my house being perfect. It was always clean but it didn't look like a house out of Southern Living by any means. You are the first teacher they ever have and an important role model. I always made them the priority. We only have them for a brief time.
If it was nice outside, we went to the park or library, etc. The dishes and laundry weren't going anywhere. I would get caught up during naptime or in the evening after bathtime.
Housework will always be there. Your kids won't. JMO


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Posted: 4/10/2013 3:27:59 PM
I also never stressed on getting things done "on schedule". All my kids are either in school or working. The only schedule I have is getting them off to school and i feed the cats, guinea pigs and fish while they get ready.
Schedule will depend on what you have to do and what days times you have to do them.

Start out with your work schedule, kids schedules. See what times or days you have left. Then fit in grocery shopping, etc. Cleaning and laundry get thrown in as needed. So each week varies.
When i was working i worked 2 or 3 days a week. I knew that If i worked then next day I had to get X things done on my day off. I have never been one to do bathrooms or laundry on certain days. Works for me.

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Posted: 4/10/2013 3:46:02 PM
I work full time, but do so from home, so my routine is a bit different because I do have 8-9 hr work days. However, I also work some Saturdays so I get Mondays off a couple times a month. and then 3 days I don't start working until 12:30. Other days, I'm done by 2pm. So, the days are always different.

What helped me in creating MY routine - was to track what I actually did and did this for a few weeks. I went room by room and made a list of ideally what I would like to do in that room each day leaving me with my master "daily list" (dishes, make beds, laundry etc). I actually put this list on a whiteboard and just checked off each thing that got done.

After doing that for a few weeks, it showed me what was realistically done, what was done just a couple times a week, and some just once a week allowing me to create a checklist (which i really like) that was doable and applied to me.

Because my days vary, I don't have a set routine as to when I do this but I have a goal of what I would like to get done daily to keep the house looking sane as I have 3 boys and then my husband who works 2 jobs so his schedule varies as well.

I will be going on maternity leave for baby #4 next week, and I will stick to my daily checklist but most likely will get it done in the earlier part of my day. at least until baby arrives


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Posted: 4/10/2013 4:28:09 PM
I find I get a lot more done if I get off the computer, it can be a real time sucker. I can waste 2 hours without even noticing. Now, I get everything I want to do finished before I allow myself to start surfing the net.


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Posted: 4/10/2013 5:05:34 PM

Flylady.net is your friend.


DO NOT sign up for the e-mails! Go directly to the sight. There is a lot of "fluff" e-mails. I was getting at least 5 a day. You can sign up for the digest where you receive 1 e-mail. There is still those annoying e-mails to scroll through that have nothing to do with cleaning or decluttering.

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I would ignore the last six icons on the page and start with the first nine. Once you are into your routine you only need to look at missions and zones each day. It's a good system and I need to get back on track too.

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Posted: 4/10/2013 5:09:17 PM
My husband and I split cleaning equally, and we do it when we feel like it or when we have the time. If it doesn't get done when it probably should, oh well. It's not the end of the world.



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Posted: 4/11/2013 9:28:36 AM

There is still those annoying e-mails to scroll through that have nothing to do with cleaning or decluttering.


This is so true! i tried Flylady a long time ago and I think I was more overwhelmed!


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Posted: 4/11/2013 9:54:27 AM
I get a million emails from fly lady already, even though I unsubscribed several times already. Drives me crazy.


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Posted: 4/11/2013 10:28:26 AM
In perfect world (Note NOT everyday but when things are running smoothly)

Get up early. I mean like set an alarm and get up well before the kids.

Enjoy coffee and early news for 30 mins or so

Clean house - (kind of a modified FLYlady routine minus the emails). I found an hour or less each morning kept our house very clean.

Get self groomed/dressed as kids are awakening.

Get kids ready for day then to school (or not) depending on season.

Plan and prep dinner no later than 10:00 a.m.

Basically, by putting in my SAHM "Work" day early in the a.m. I had my day on track (knock wood!) and could have the rest of the day for adventures or errands as needed.

When I struggled is when I mistook SAHM for "no schedule to my days." If I thought I could awake when I wanted, hang out in my pj's, and "figure out" dinner at dinnertime - I was usually sorely mistaken.




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Posted: 4/11/2013 10:50:46 AM
Writer mom-I think my morning lounging is my downfall. I like to sit and watch the today show for awhile but once I am sitting I start feeling lazy. Then the kids start making a mess and I lose even more motivation to clean. I need to get up and work on things earlier instead of waiting.


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Posted: 4/11/2013 11:46:39 AM

Writer mom-I think my morning lounging is my downfall. I like to sit and watch the today show for awhile but once I am sitting I start feeling lazy. Then the kids start making a mess and I lose even more motivation to clean. I need to get up and work on things earlier instead of waiting.


Yep. Me too.

Even today I struggle with that. I continue to believe in my heart I can "just do a few things before I get dressed" or "just get on the computer/phone for "a minute." No quicker way for me to lose momentum.




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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:58:20 PM
i 2nd writermom.


My sons friends think it's funny I prep dinner so early but I know it's something that needs to be done to prevent eating out & make me a good manager of my time.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 11:11:48 PM
When you guys prep dinner so early - what time do you usually start making dinner and what time Is dinner in your home?


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Posted: 4/12/2013 5:28:47 AM
Re: dinner prep.

I like to have things prepped, sliced, diced, marinating or if none of that is required at least know that every ingredient is in house. I will go as far as to set out what I can within reason. If making something that benefits from slow-cooking I will start that.

Example: yesterday I prepared garlic lemon chicken in the am. Had it in the pan, seasoned and waiting so late in the afternoon, when things get busy around here, I needed only to pop it in the oven and set a timer.

Due to work and sport schedules we eat dinner very early (like 4-5pm).

My kids are teens and this allows us to feed them, clean up and move on to the evening activities fed and ready to roll.

Basically we flip the standard "snack in the afternoon / dinner later" and eat dinner in the late afternoon / early evening with a snack later if needed. If they don't come home after school then, of course, we stagger the dinner time for them to later.



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