I’ve discovered something about myself…it’s not Fall I dread, it’s Back to School. T.V commercials and advertisements start announcing Back to School in July, just when I’ve settled comfortably into my favorite season. And they lump it together with Fall. This makes me anxious, very anxious.
Despite all of the distractions, I do my darndest to finish Summer well and by the time Back to School actually arrives, I am ready; ready for a routine and a little more structure in my day.
It’s routine that tethers any anxiety I may feel over the changing seasons and prepares me for the busy Fall months ahead, so over the next few weeks, I’ll go into detail on the household routines that anchor my soul, and we’ll ease into Fall together.
Today, we’re starting with my favorite household routine.
Sunday Household Routine
Sundays are for rest and replenishing at the Hines house. Ideally, that starts with church perhaps followed by an afternoon nap.
As the clock creeps towards evening, we enter “school and work night” mode; Hannah doing her homework and I replenishing our home, making sure it is ready for the week. My routine goes something like this…
Starting in the corner of the bathroom, working clockwise, I take inventory of what needs refilling, empty the trash and the recycle basket, gather necessary supplies from the hall closet and restock toilet paper, q tips, cotton balls, soaps and bath salts.
I also fill my medicine organizer for the week.
In the kitchen, Mr. Hines empties the trash and sets out the cans for trash pick up while I make sure we’re fully stocked on napkins, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, etc.
Household Product Supply List
The key to success is to make sure you have a stock of supplies on hand. I have household products delivered once a month through Grove.co.
You could also add a regular household goods shopping day to your weekly routine.
- Green Forest toilet paper – Grove.co
- generic/store brand q-tips
- generic/store brand cotton balls
- Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts – pharmacy area in Target,
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap in Almond – Grove.co
- pill organizer (pharmacy area of drugstores, grocery stores, Target and Walmart)
- Method daily shower refill – Grove.co
- Method foaming hand soap – Grove.co
- Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap in Lemon Verbena – Grove.co
- Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in Lemon Verbena – Grove.co
- Seventh Generation tall kitchen trash bags – Grove.co
- Seventh Generation Paper towels – Grove.co
- Green Forest napkins – Grove.co
- Grove.co brand walnut scrubbing sponges
- Seventh Generation Auto Dish Packs – Grove.co
- Barkeeper’s Friend – Target, cleaning aisle
Any of these items can be found at your local Target or Whole Foods, but as I mentioned in the Facebook Live video last week, I prefer Grove.co for their lower prices and convenience. See the video here. Visit Grove.co through my referral link here.
Organize Your Supplies
I stock cleaning supplies and household products in the linen closet located in the hallway. The bottom two baskets hold bathroom toiletries and soaps.
Under the Kitchen Sink
I use the lower, end cabinet next to the sink for storing paper towels, napkins, kitchen soaps, vinegar and distilled water.
This household routine takes 15 to 20 minutes and is so worth the short time investment to not run out of paper towels when you have a spill or need toilet paper when you’re the only person home and getting up to retrieve said toilet paper would be a little tricky. Based on true events.
So tell me, am I alone or do you dread all the Back to School talk in July? Do you get anxious when seasons change or is change easy for you?
See you in class,