Why do you need a weekly routine? Family life can be crazy and chaotic even when each day follows a similar pattern. I mean, you are juggling the needs and activities of several different people all at one time.
Then throw in a variable like shift work, working full time, caring for young children or even heath issues and you can easily feel OVERWHELMED!
YOU NEED A PLAN!
Here is how to create a weekly routine that works for you and your family! One that will make a big difference to feeling like you are in control of your time. A simple weekly routine will enable you to enjoy your days again!
How To Create A Weekly Routine
1. Decide On Your “Must Do” Daily Tasks
The first step in creating your family’s weekly routine is to choose what 4 to 5 tasks need to be done every day. Keeping on top of a few tasks every day is easier than trying to make time to tidy and clean up after a big mess once a week.
Becky Rapinchuk, the founder of Clean Mama, in her book, Simply Clean, describes daily tasks as “Every day a little something.”
It’s spending 10 to 15 minutes every day on a few tasks which will make your weekly routine work for you and your family.
Related Post: Why I Recommend The Simply Clean Book
Rapinchuk’s suggested 5 daily tasks are:
- Make beds.
- Check floors and sweep or vacuum as needed.
- Wipe counter tops in the kitchen and the bathroom.
- Declutter or tidy up from the day.
- Do a load of laundry from start to finish.
There is no right or wrong with what you choose to put on your daily task list.
My Daily Tasks Include:
- Making my bed every day.
- Cleaning up the kitchen and wiping kitchen bench tops.
- Tidying up from the day (most of the time).
- Sweeping floors as needed.
- Feeding 3 cats and 1 fish.
However I no longer try to do a load of laundry every single day. Mainly to do with my kids getting older and not going through as many changes of clothes a day. Instead I do a few loads of washing, a couple of times during the week.
Learn what works best for you and your family!!
Keeping up with daily tasks is the SECRET to sticking with a weekly routine.
It works because most tasks take 10 minutes or less to do. So staying on top of things at home becomes doable.
2. Decide On Your “Would Like To Get Done” Weekly Tasks
This may include:
- vacuum or mop floors
- wash towels and sheets
- food shopping
- a perfectly acceptable spot clean of the bathrooms
Write down times for how long these tasks will take and be realistic. If you are tired at the end of the day or get home from work in the early hours of the morning, keep tasks to be done at that time to a minimum or not at all.
If a load of laundry is not on your daily task list, then try having one or two days a week designated as laundry days. Run multiple loads of laundry on those days, fold all the clothes and put away them away.
Currently I am trialing having a laundry day 3 times a week. I run 2 loads of washing which keeps me up to date and then line dry, fold and put away those clothes the same or next day. Most people don’t use dryers here in Perth!
For me, having 3 or more loads of clean, washed clothes waiting to be sorted and put away, makes me overwhelmed and I am more likely to put off the whole task.
Yet a once a week laundry day works great for some families!
A Surprising Home Cleaning Tip: You really don’t need to clean your home as often as you think you do!
After spending many years cleaning homes, hotel rooms and commercial offices during my University student days, I hardly spend any time cleaning my home now. Yet my home looks and is fairly clean. Watch out for a coming post on how you can have a clean home with minimal effort and time.
The exception to this if of course, having a family member who is allergic to dust mites etc. This has been my situation in the past and keeping the home dust free for their health and well being was a high priority.
3. Decide On A Time For Planning Your Week
My weekly planning time, as I shared about in this post here, is one of my favourite times in the week. I use the 2 hours I have while watching the kids’ gymnastics lessons on Saturday mornings to reflect on my week and to plan for the coming week. The benefit is that it sets me up well for the week ahead!
A planning time is even more important when your daily schedule and/ or activities vary so much! Getting it down on paper relieves our minds from the stress of remembering and juggling all those details.
My Weekly Planning Time Includes:
- Writing a gratitude list for the past week.
- Celebrating progress I have made towards my goals, no matter how small.
- Reflecting on anything that has been a struggle that past week and what I did to overcome those struggles.
- Writing down 3 to 4 goal focused action tasks to complete the coming week.
- Writing a weekly to do list. This is a brain dump for anything and everything. First, I go back and check through the previous week’s list for any items to transfer over. Then write out anything that’s on my mind, big and small tasks included.
- Writing a list of dinner meal ideas for the week.
4. Use A Few Shortcuts
Shortcut 1: Plan Your Meals
Meal planning, is one thing that is important to include in your own planning time as it can save you so much time with shopping and prepping meals.
Related Post: How To Plan Your Family’s Meals Like A Boss
It can be as simple as writing a list of possible meals for the week in a notebook or by using a monthly meal plan service such as Real Plans that creates a weekly menu especially for you.
Also make sure to jott down who will be preparing dinner each night and when, and who will be serving it up if you are not home.
If your hours vary a lot, think about whether you need to prepare dinner in the mornings sometimes or even the night before. Slow cookers are a great way for getting dinner done at a different time and having it ready in the evening.
Or would you prefer to prep meals for the week, ahead of time or double your portions so you can stock up the freezer?
Related Post: How To Get Started With Freezer Cooking
- Hire a cleaner to do the bigger cleaning tasks once a week or once a fortnight.
- Use an online food shopping service with delivery.
- Consider freezer cooking or even paying a friend to cook up some meals for you.
- Get the whole family helping out.
5. Write Up A Rough Plan Equals A Workable Weekly Routine
You will be on track for calmer and more organised weeks when you know what your daily tasks and weekly tasks. Also what meals you will be preparing and most importantly, when it will all happen.
Create A Weekly Schedule
So next draw up a weekly plan on paper or use a spreadsheet. Block out the times you will be working or not available, including getting ready and travel time. Take note of the times available where you will have time and energy for the quick daily tasks. Write in those tasks for each day. Make note if some of those jobs will be shared with other family members. Write in your meal prep times and who will be responsible for getting dinner on the table each night, as well as any other task you have decided are important for your family.
? Tip: Break up large tasks, into smaller tasks which can be completed in a shorter amount of time. Sometimes it’s easier finding 3 lots of 10 minutes than 1/2 hour.
Plan In Margin Time
Remember to give yourself lots of margin time, hence it only being a rough plan for the week. Evaluate what works and what doesn’t, and change things around until you have a weekly routine that works most of the time for you and your family. Adjust your expectations when life gets extra busy or the kids all get sick etc. Stick with the daily tasks and simple meal planning, the crisis will pass.
Also remember to give yourself plenty of encouragement when implementing a new daily or weekly routine!! It takes time to implement new ways of doing things.
If you have tried something like this already and life still feels chaotic and messy, consider whether the amount of stuff you have is thwarting your attempts to have an organised home.