Whenever I meet a parent (most often a mom) who seems particularly organized, I’m always curious about the details — how does she actually do it? Does she cook dinner every night? Does she sacrifice personal time? What are her routines?
Of course, different routines suit different family situations. Here’s Sara’s, which works for her two-working-parent family:
My husband and I have what we call the "24-hour baby routine" that basically splits our days at noon and alternates making each of us primary caregiver/organizer/provider for our daughter for a 24-hour period. Kind of confusing? Basically, one day my husband is responsible for "morning duty" which means waking up with baby, feeding her, dressing her, packing stuff for school, and taking her to school. The same day I’m responsible for "evening duty" which means school pick up, making dinner, cleaning up from dinner, and prepping bottles for the next day. The next day we switch, and I take morning duty (notice that I was responsible for making the bottles I needed to get her to school the next day…) and he takes evening duty.
For two full-time parents with slightly flexible work schedules, this works particularly well — you can work late or get in early every day, if you need more sleep you can sleep in every other day, errands can be run on your "off" evening, etc.
What routines work for you?