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Daily Routine

A few weeks ago, I bought the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and as part of the bundle, the getting started section contained the 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking mini-course as an introduction to the bundle. This course is 

There are 4 short videos each of which talks about how to solve common problems in homemaking and how  to integrate those solutions into your daily routine. I came up with a simple daily routine to start implementing these steps. 

The 4 steps are fairly simple but really important:

  1. Fold and put away one load of laundry before starting another
  2. Start dishwasher in the night and unload dishwasher first thing in the morning so you can start loading dishes throughout the day
  3. Once a week, have a meeting with yourself. Check on what are plans for week and see how many meals need to be made. Decide on what those meals are going to be and make a grocery list.
  4. Nighttime routine:
    • 5 mins to do quick cleanup
    • 5 mins to check calendar for next day
    • 5 mins to prepare for next day - clothes, lunch, anything that needs to go out the door
With these steps in mind and with some other ideas, I've planned my daily routine:

  1. Wake up and shower
  2. Make up your bed
  3. Unload dishwasher
  4. Write down To-Do list (5-7) for day
  5. Pack lunch for AGirl and me
  6. Switch laundry from washer to dryer
  1. Load the dishwasher and start it. Wash any vessels remaining by hand.
  2. Fold and put away the load of laundry you washed and dried in the morning.
  3. 5 minute cleanup of kitchen, dining room table and family room
  4. 2 minute preview - look at calendar for next day
  5. 5 minute Prep - clothes, lunch for next day, what needs to be taken out the door
  6. Put AGirl to sleep
  7. Take 5-15 minutes to do something you love.
  8. Put a load of laundry for next day with timer set for morning 4 AM
Once a week, write down meal plan for AGirl for the next one week.

I'm not working on the meal planning for the my husband and me yet but I'm going to start with meal planning for my daughter.

I will give an update on how this routine works in a few days.



Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

Here are those suggestions:Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

Saving money on groceries

Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom