Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Housewifery Tips Pt.2

"Have a Routine"

I cannot stress to you the importance of having a routine! If you don't have a loose structure of what your day will look like, odds are, you'll end up with a 3 hour lunch date, a new top from Target, and a Harry Potter marathon. I'm not sure how it happens, but I swear its like the Homemaker Paradox.

Of course, your day will not look like mine, and mine will not look like yours, so if you are like me, and you have a group of friends who also stay home, it can be really easy to compare routines. I have a friend who is a killer homemaker and still manages to be simultaneously reading 3 books at a time. Another friend who is a phenomenal Etsy seller, and makes time to read her bible an hour or so everyday. And another who works from home as a crazy accomplished graphic designer and finds time to constantly be bringing around homemade treats, gifts and flowers to all of her friends and family.
Looking at my list of friends in that way can really seem intimidating, but then I have to remember, we all have our strengths and passions. I could definitely be better at all of the things my friends strive at, of course. But if i'm so fixated on them, and the things that they do so well. I forget to keep up what's going on in my home, which is the point of my job, after all.

Having said that, here is a loose routine of my day to day. 

6:00am- Alarm goes off (lay in bed for at least 15-20min and decide how important it is that I get up…)

6:20am- Get out of bed and let the dogs out. Read a devotional, write in my journal. Then do some budget work. (I'll share more about this in future posts)

7:15am- Start on breakfast

7:40am- Time to wake up Justin, pt. 1

7:50am- Wake up Justin, pt. 2

8:00am- Have breakfast together

8:15am- Justin leaves for work, time to get ready for the day!

9am-ish- Make the bed, and tidy bedroom, clean up the kitchen, and run the vacuum through the whole house. Possibly start a load of laundry.

10am- Work on Etsy orders, or office organizing. If I don't have any of those to do, then I will work on other random "homey things". (Paint touchups around the house, water my plants, closet organizing, power washing the patio, mowing the yard, finishing laundry)

11am- clean the bathroom (Yes, I do this almost everyday.) Vacuum the floor and rug, wipe down the countertops, and toilet, and then mop. 

12pm- Get lunch ready! (I could be much better at this, FYI, so if you are starting to feel impressed, don't.)

1pm- Run errands (extra groceries, visit friends, bank runs, etc.)

3pm- Prep for dinner. (Great job so far Kaylan, you've earned a little T.V. time!) Since our kitchen faces the TV, i'll occasionally put an episode of something on while I prep dinner for us. Prepping doesn't take very long usually. Cutting potatoes, making dessert that needs to set, preparing the dressings, and thawing and marinating meat. Which usually leaves time for 1-2 episodes of something.
-no shame.

4pm- Down time! Read a little something, or blog, or pinterest!

5pm- (Technically, the time Justin would be getting off of work, but I have yet to see him by 5:30 in the 2 years we have been married.) Ready the house for Justin. I like to create an atmosphere that Justin LOVES coming home to at the end of the day. In order to accomplish this, I like to make the house super cozy and inviting! I light a candle or two, or turn on the diffuser with some essential oils, make sure everything is put away, the TV is off, open the back door and let the dogs run around and play outside while I smell up the house with some yummy food! 

6-7pm- Eat dinner and enjoy my evening with Justin! Clean up the kitchen. 

9:30-10pm- Read, and sleep! (I know that I am a granny when it comes to this, but I swear, my body just can't make it past 10:30…)

There you have it! Of course things are pretty loose, I still have coffee with friends, and love catching a matinee with my mom! And if I have a craft show coming up, forget it. All of this goes to crap while I bust my butt getting stock ready! 
There always seems to be a day a week, at least where I need Justin to grab food out somewhere because I get caught up with something, or whatnot. But essentially these are the things that I try and get done in a day. 
It's not about being perfect, or appearing perfect. Its about having a happy home. 
As long as no one comes over at 1pm and catches my in my pjs watching TV, i'm pretty pleased with myself. 

I'd love to hear about some of your routines! So don't be shy! 


  1. I wish I got up at 6! I feel like I could use that extra time. Always inspired by how scheduled you are. Also, am I the friend that's reading 3 books at a time? hahaha

  2. Thanks Sal! Hahaha, how did you guess?