Have you ever wondered how laundry and meals happen in our home? (It isn’t fancy, but it works…) Watch this segment of our “Run Solid Routines on Autopilot” resource to find out!
Eric is our “Laun-peror” – mix of “laundry” and “emperor.” 🙂 He does the laundry every Thursday morning. Our three oldest children are doing their own laundry now, so that leaves the laundry for Eric and I, our 10-year-old, and any household laundry. By mixing the mediums and darks together, he’s been able to simplify the batches down to two, and he folds clothes straight out of the dryer to avoid the need for ironing. He turns on Pandora and listens to comedy while folding, and he is able to finish up within about three hours (with some work done in between loads).
When our children were little and I was in charge of laundry, the children and I would have “laundry parties,” wearing underwear on our heads and turning on music to make it more fun. We’d listen to music, and fold to the rhythm of each song.
Alia and I are in charge of meal planning and groceries. One person in our family is in charge of cooking each night (but if we have a lot going on–and people are getting home late, going to evening practices, etc., we simplify). Every Friday, Alia asks each person what they will be cooking the following week, and then puts in an order at our local grocery store for any of the ingredients we will need for those meals. For $5, our grocery store will do all the shopping for us, so all we have to do is pick it up! (Check your local stores – so many stores are starting to provide similar services!)
And then Saturday morning, before we pick up our groceries, Alia is in charge of cleaning out our fridge. (We rotate jobs annually.) That way, every time our groceries come in the door, we have a clean, open fridge. The meals go on the calendar so everyone knows what we are making – and we are ready to go!
Do you want to learn more about establishing routines that will work for you family?
As ages and stages change, we need to adapt, but the principles of establishing those routines are the same. The video above is a snippet of the one-hour Routines presentation Eric and I created where we walked through our professional routines, how we plan as a couple, how we organize our children’s routines, and how YOU can make it all work together. We even provided the Excel template that outlines annual and quarterly responsibilities inside our home.
All that (and more!) can be yours!
***To get access to the whole Routines class that Eric and I taught (Run Solid Routines on Autopilot), join our STEP Mastery program and you’ll find it inside your STEP Library!