Inevitably, it happens. Someone poops. Or maybe gets a bodily injury. Worse, someone gets the snots. We often ask ourselves… what just happened here!? Nobody likes routine interruptions. Nobody.
But, life happens. Every day is different – especially with children. It’s easy to become discouraged when you have a homemaking routine and it seems like it NEVER goes according to plan.
It might be Cleaning Day and someone comes down with the Black Plague, so you head over to spend the day at the Urgent Care Clinic instead of cleaning out the dead-bug-filled window tracks in the living room.
Ain’t no thang, mama. Ain’t no thang. You CAN recover. You CAN pick up from this routine interruption and get back into the swing of life.
Don’t let routine interruptions keep you from having a routine for keeping your home. Because, if you do…you’ll NEVER get your home under control. Even when we only had a dog, she was interrupting us with accidents and, “hey, I need to go out now.” #inconvenientdog
So, what are you supposed to do when it’s Baking Day and the toddler is whiny, trying to climb up your leg (and consequently pulling your pants down), it’s raining so the kids can’t go out to play, or an unexpected visit from the plumber is required because the toilet is leaking all over the bathroom floor? I’ll tell ya.
How to recover from routine interruptions:
You pick back up where you left off
If someone comes over, if you have to leave, or if someone gets sick, you just pick up where you left off and you keep going. You forget what you didn’t get done and you DO THE NEXT THING.
Let me give you a practical example: your child wakes up sick, so you end up taking him to the pediatrician. It was Office Day for you, so you end up losing 3 hours of your day while waiting at the doctor’s office. As soon as you get home, just pretend you were never gone. Plug yourself right back into the day. Are you normally meal planning at 2pm? Then do it. Does it matter that you missed tackling your emails because you were gone? Maybe, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Just do the next thing. Ignore that you were gone and continue on.
Make it work
Using the same example of the doctor’s office above, you just make it work. Take your meal planning stuff with you and plan while you wait. Do your emails on your phone. Make your phone calls. (Do people REALLY still use a phone? Why call when you can text? Lame.)
Don’t let it throw you for a loop so badly that you can’t recover. Adapt. Part of life and managing your home well is learning to adapt, no matter the issue. So when life hands you a week of routine interruptions, remember you can adapt.
So, the power is out on Office Day? It’s still Office Day. Go old school. Use paper. Make lists. Get ‘er done. Be creative and still get your things done.
Let it go
Turn away and slam the door? (So sorry, but that song is forever stuck in my head. Thanks, kids.) Actually, no. Don’t slam the door. That’s a big no-no here if you want the privilege of keeping your door.
Sometimes you can’t pick up where you left off. Sometimes you can’t make it work. In those cases…let it go. Keep a good attitude. Don’t freak out and just…let it go.
Maybe you didn’t get the errands done. They can wait till next week. Or you can send your husband.
Or you didn’t get the bread made. Sad. But, use the tortillas in the fridge instead.
Perhaps, you didn’t get the load of towels done today? No biggie – they can wait till tomorrow.
When I have to let something go, I usually let it go until the next week and I pick up where I left off. If I NEED to get that particular item done, I leave it until Saturday when I’m getting ahead and doing make-up work.
Now, do it
Knowing all these things, but not DOING them means jack squat (insert a mental image of Matt Foley, motivational speaker (Chris Farley), yelling this at you if you like). If you know the things, but don’t do them, they aren’t doing you any good. You know how to manage your home, now start. Start small. Don’t sweat the routine interruptions. Tackle one thing at a time and then move on. Before you know it, you’ll be running your home like a pro. And then the random poops and plumbing catastrophes won’t mess you up as badly.