I have always been a dreamer, a story teller, the girl with her head in the clouds. It’s a wonderful fanciful place. Left to my own devices, I would float through each day, allowing my curiosity to guide going from one beautiful or interesting thing to another.
Those of you who know me in real life also know that I am quite well organized and thrive on getting things done. When I was younger, I struggled with my inner dreamer, pushing her aside in favor of work projects and attempting perfection. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how that went.
Over time, I have come to meld my productive and dreamer selves with a simple tool: routines. I found the beauty of routines when my daughter was quite small. A friend turned me on to www.flylady.net which helps people clean and declutter their homes using a variety of routines. Following daily routines helped me get the work stuff out of the way early so I could do the dreamy stuff without guilt.
When my daughter was small, I followed the Flylady routines to the letter. My home was decluttered, tidy and dinner was planned and often cooking, which was a huge relief–probably one of the most difficult things for me to deal with was getting a nice dinner on the table each night. The Flylady also helped me plan meals in advance and save money on groceries. During the recession, I was able to feed our family of three on $75 to $125 a week.
Now, my days are much simpler, the house is generally tidier, my routines are so ingrained I don’t notice them, and I don’t have as much housekeeping to do. More time for my head in the clouds. Do you have routines? What types of routines work best for you? How have they changed over the years?