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POYEL: More on Our Daily Routines

As I mentioned on Monday, a small bought of spring cleaning fever recently hit our family.  This, in turn, got me once again thinking about Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life – but not how you might expect.  Streamlining my home brought back (with a vengeance) all my yearnings to streamline my time.


I’d especially like to return to the topics of daily routines and weekly schedules.  I’m really glad we covered all that we did in regards to cleaning in the beginning (Lord knows I can always use help in that arena) but that was never really the point of POYEL.  If you look back at the original post, you’ll see that I only actually wrote a single, solitary word about cleaning.


Recently we’ve touched on the idea of examining our priorities and establishing a rhythm to our days.  Today, I want to get a little more practical and talk about what’s needed to actually accomplish our lofty goals.  I’ve talked with so many of my mom friends about this during play dates or over coffee.  We all agree, when everyone’s basic needs are met (we’re talking kids and mom) things just go so much better.


So I sat down and wrote myself a list – a dozen commandments to try to stick to even when life is crazy busy (that’s when these things are actually the most important).  My basic needs may not exactly match up to yours.  Maybe the sight of laundry piling-up doesn’t give you an involuntary tick like it does me… if your mind doesn’t seem to start racing the minute your head hits the pillow at night then #11 might not be essential… and perhaps you even like the challenge of figuring out a new recipe around 5:00pm each night (sicko).


I encourage you to take 15 minutes and think about the small things you can do to eliminate stress and frustration from your daily life.  Write them down and resolve to stick to them for at least a week, even if it means putting your needs before the vacuuming every once in a while.  Easier said then done, believe me, I know.  But try it anyway and let me know how it goes!


This post is part of MPMK’s “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life”. You can read all about it here, check out all of our projects here, and join thousands of POYEL facebook group members here.



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joelsgirl April 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

This is great. Totally simple and doable and really makes a difference! To my list I would add: Turn off the computer while the kids are awake!


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com April 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

That is a great addition!


Prerna Malik April 28, 2012 at 3:26 am

Love these and pinning them to my Resources for Moms board! While I do follow these usually, there are busy seasons when some of them (such as sleep and water!) take a backseat. Great reminder, Steph!


debbye @ Baby Sleep Site May 1, 2012 at 2:09 am

Thank you for the reminders! I love them! Except I would like to ignore the laundry every other day one! yuck!


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com July 2, 2012 at 5:18 am

Feel free to ignore whatever you need too :). Laundry is my personal nemesis, if I don’t stay very on top of it, I often end up swimming in it!


Tess January 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

That is my big problem area. I have two girls one is 5 and the is 2. Clothes are never ending.


Tess January 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I absolutely love your commandments. I so agree with you on all of them.


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