When simplicity is desired at home, intentional routines simplify the tasks that need to be done regularly and reduce mental load and stress.





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[00:00:00] When simplicity is desired at home and tensional routines, simplify the tasks that need to be done regularly, and they also reduce the mental load and the stress that you feel right now. Routines, simplify everything. They simplify tasks and regular chores turning the routine thing is that needs to be completed on a regular basis into habits. That is one way that we free up our brain and we reduce the mental load because we have taken all of these things and all these tasks and all these chores that we have to figure out and remember to do.

And they’re causing stress. They’re adding to our stress because. Sometimes we forget about them and we have to do them last minute. We’re scrambling to make up for those things. Or we realize that we miss something or we’re trying to remember. Did we do it? Did we not? [00:02:00] Or we’re simply just trying to remember to do all of these things. When we have a routines and we make. All of the, have two things. Be part of a routine, that routine becomes a habit and then we don’t have to think about it anymore.

So it takes away the stress because the mental load is gone. We’re able to get the things done. We’re able to accomplish what we need to accomplish without thinking about these things, because intentional routines. Turn into habits and habits are the way that we go about our day. If you wake up in the morning and you always have a cup of coffee, no matter what. Some, a lot of bed do a couple of things on your way to the coffee maker, but that is one of the first things that happens in the morning. And you don’t get your day going until you drink that cup of coffee.

That’s a habit. It is the habit. That is your day. That’s how you start your morning. It’s something you do out of habit every single day. And all that means is it’s part of your routine. It’s just the way you go about doing things. The thing is that we need to get done on a day to day basis, or even a weekly basis like laundry, dinner, packing lunches, food prep, homework, help daily dishes. General house pickup, anything along those lines? Anything that is like, that is like similar to those specific household tasks. Those things become significantly easier. When we don’t have to think about them when we work those into routines, because the routines are going to simplify the idea of having to do the task and holding it in that mental clutter space, knowing that we have to do this, and it’s something that needs to get done and it moves it to completion.

It takes us from start to finish because the routine [00:04:00] simplifies the task and it reduces our overall stress and it makes. Uh, life easier. That’s why I’m always saying we want to streamline. We want to simplify because when we do those things, when we simplify and streamline, that means we have good organization in our homes.

We’ve removed clutter. And we have routines that will eventually become a habit after we do them over and over a few times, and we are making our lives easier so that we actually have time for things that we enjoy and things we want to be doing so that we’re not stressed out and overwhelmed with all the time. Let’s get specifically into. More details about different types of routines that can help make your day easier. And I’m going to answer a listener question here. The question that came in.

Let me read that to you right now. The question for today that I will be answering is this. I’m understanding the importance of routines. I think, how do I determine what should go in the morning routine or the evening routine? It seems like some of the thing is I’m wanting to, in your words, streamline can be done at different times of the day.

When is the best to do the things that don’t have a specific time they need to be completed. Thank you so much for submitting that question. If you are listening today and want me to answer a question that is specific to you? Go to intentional edit.com. And click on the record now button and you can leave a message for me.

You could ask a question or you can tell me something that you’re struggling with, and I will address that topic or answer your question on a future Tuesday episode of the podcast. So for the question specifically is asking, when do we plug in a different thing? Is that needed to be part of a routine?

So you’re creating a routine and you’re like, what goes, where kind of thing. To make a routine, be the most efficient and work for your [00:06:00] family. You have to customize it. And I probably should say, you get to customize it because you get to do this thing that is going to be a life changing and make everything easier.

Now there’s a lot of things that are common household tasks that a typical family will need to do at some point during the day, or at least some point during the week. But it’s not going to be the exact same. It’s going to vary depending on your schedule and the time that you want to fit these things into a routine. The routine gets to look a little bit different, even if you are accomplishing the same task.

Sometimes you might even in your family change when you do these things because your schedule changes and your needs change. And that is what is so beneficial about creating intentional routines and setting up good organization that is functioning for your home and for your family. When you have to make a change, it’s not that big a deal.

You make a modification and then you just move forward. And you integrate that and it doesn’t interrupt everything. You just simply make a little change. You tweak it here or there, and you keep going. Specifically in the packing lunches. Type of thing that has to happen. Every day, if you have school aged kids or kids that are leaving the house and they’re taking a lunch with them, something that comes to my mind when I think of routines is something that has easily changed time is when I complete these for my family over the years.

And it was based on our needs. When we came home from school immediately after school pickup, before any type of evening activities that might happen, the routine in my house was we get home from school, get out of the car. Have a snack of home. Or have a snack and then do the homework, get that done.

And during homework time, That’s what I would unpack, wash anything from the [00:08:00] lunchbox and then pack the lunch for the next day. So that was one way that fitting that task. In to our routine worked when after-school activities became more intense and they happened to not allow us enough time to go home after school, we didn’t get home until much later in the evening.

That meant I packed lunches as part of the dinner cleanup routine. And I would finish the dinner dishes when we, after we ate dinner, finished the dinner dishes and the kitchen cleanup. That kind of routine at the same time that lunches were being packed. So the kitchen could be all cleaned up and everything was finished before bedtime. And before the evening hours really were like full in effect. Because. I put that into my routine at that time, because I didn’t want to do that later and have to go back into the kitchen and create a mess that again, I would have to clean up.

So it made sense to be in my routine at that moment. In those years. And these are famous that change, and it’s not a big deal to change them right now. You’re coming up with a solution when you are coming up with these routines and you’re creating these intentional routines for your family, and you’re figuring out where is the best time to complete these tasks for my family right now, you’re creating the routines for right now.

If the routine it needs to change when the next school year starts or the routine needs to change when school is out of session and summer goes into. Effect. Or you just realize it’s not working anymore. Things are different. My work hours changed or a baby doesn’t nap anymore. So I don’t have those times. Those hours of nap, time to get things done. Then you make the changes, but right now you’re creating this intentional routine for the lifestyle and the schedule that you currently have [00:10:00] in this moment, Completing the task of making and packing lunches has always been easier for me to do the night before or the day before, because it meant one less thing to do in the morning. One less thing that would make us have to be rushing around. In the morning hours when there wasn’t much time there, I have a friend who her youngest doesn’t start school until nine 40 in the morning or something.

That just seems so late, but because the stereotype. I was late. That means they get out late and their evenings are jam packed. Just trying to do the basics of like a dinner bath. Get ready for the next day. Wrap things up. Maybe get some time for homework. Hopefully there’s some time for playing in there as well, but her evenings are packed and her mornings have a lot of free time and them, and she’s also an early riser.

So she unpacks and repacks the lunches in the morning because that’s what makes sense for her schedule. And that is part of the routine she does. What makes the most sense for her families? Just like I’m saying you do the creating of this routine based on what makes the most sense for your family. I do what makes the most sense for mine as well? That is what is so great about routines.

It’s the customization. It’s making them and creating them intentionally to solve a problem for your family and to make things easier. That now you’re either having trouble getting done or you’re forgetting sometimes, or these tasks that are just stressful when we fit them into our day. When we fit them into a routine, that’s when they become habit.

And that’s when all the sudden it’s a simple thing to get done instead of something that is a constant stressor, something that you’re constantly being nagged about. Thinking about that you have to do this. It doesn’t matter the specific time that you are going to do something or this [00:12:00] specific routine that you’re going to add it to.

It doesn’t matter if it’s added to a morning routine or an evening routine or a bedtime routine, or even like the weekly refresh and restock session. When you choose to do these things, if you are a family of eight, you’re going to have more laundry to jail than a family of three. So you’re going to take a different approach possibly to when the laundry goes in the washing machine, when you switch it to the dryer, when you fold, when you put away. Your laundry routine, who does it.

And the time of day that it’s done, who’s going to look different because the needs of your family are different. Your schedules are different. I can’t stress enough that you are going to customize everything that needs to be done throughout your day. And go to your own. Intentionality and that’s created for your family and the schedule that your family has right now.

So go ahead and make a list of tasks that you want to streamline. And the thing is that need to happen and then go over your schedule. What does a typical weekly schedule look like and see where it makes sense to put some of these things into routines? Where can you fit some of these tasks into your day based on the schedule that you guys have right now?

It’s okay. Okay. If something happens at the same time, five days a week. But then two days a week, it has to happen at a different time. It’s also okay. If it looks the same. Absolutely. Every single day. You get to make this, and if your schedule isn’t the same every day and you need to mix it up with the times that you’re doing something or some things happen daily, some things only happen once a week.

Some things happen three times a week. You customize this for you. You do heal, customize it for your family, customize it for your schedule right now, customize it for the needs that you have right now and create intentional routines that reduce stress that will save you time. That will possibly even save you money that will keep you on a track. [00:14:00] All while you are streamlining and simplifying in your home, because the end goal that we are looking for is an organized, simplified home that gives you more freedom, more time to relax, more time, to have fun and enjoy with your friends and family.






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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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