While there are routines that hold an integral role in the organization of our home, it is not enough to only execute them for a few months. I have seen many women set up these routines with the best intentions only to halt them months later. Apparently, there are other factors that can create an impact on your household when it comes to organization. In order to reap their full benefits, you need to follow these three steps:
Step 1: Set your Goals
To establish an organized household is too vague to be considered as a goal. You need to set specific goals. For starts, making sure all the kitchen faucets are turned off.
Over the years, I have tried many sorts of goal setting approaches. Because one approach cannot fit everyone, you can try out for yourself various approaches to eventually find what suits you best. Among the many approaches, I found the creating SMART goals is highly effective.
Step 2: Set your Habits
You can only convince your family members to cooperate with your rules if you follow them as well. You need to be a role model.
According to a book I have recently read, our brain always searches for ways that save time and effort. Thus, we form habits. When left on its own, our brain will try to form any routine– good and bad. However, if you understand how habit formation works, you’ll be able to reshape your own habits to achieve fixed goals.
Step 3: Set your Routines
Now that you have formed the right habits, you can create essential routines that can help establish an organized household. These routines include:
1. Menu Planning
By planning meals, you can save energy, money, and time. In my case, I can finish a menu plan for the whole month in more or less than an hour. If we compare that to the time we spend in thinking about the meal right before lunch or dinner, it definitely costs less. Not only that; it also reduces our trips to the groceries.
2. Evening Routine
So that you don’t have to go through a bad morning, you need to sort the most time consuming things the night before. Make sure your outfit is ready. Prepare the ingredients for your breakfast. Clear the clutter in your house.
3. Morning Routine
Mornings are usually one of the busiest times of the day. Make sure you that you set a routine so that everything will go smoothly. Decide your bathroom schedules. Assign different tasks to different people. Who will cook breakfast? Who will prepare the table?