But like it or not, we were not in a situation that allowed for me to not go back to work, so I had to face reality. I have been able to manage only going back into the office 3 days a week to start and working from home for a bit, and using some of my banked vacation time... but it is nonetheless quite a change in routines. Oh, I didn't mention yet that I have two other children that are in school...
I do posess the ability to be quite organized actually, but I do have to work at it, and I tend towards being just as organized as I need to be...and perhaps I hadn't needed to be for a while ;)
So, I blew the dust of that part of my brain and thought about some of the things that I used to do to make running a household a little simpler when we don't have all day to plan dinner and do laundry (of course we never have all day for these things...I'm joking!). Here's what I remember:
- Plan meals in advance - this saves time, money and defaulting to unhealthy eating, my husband and I used to decide at the beginning of the week what would be for dinner each night and who would make it. It can even be based on the weekly specials to save even more! Doing the shopping in advance will follow from this.
- Use a family calendar - this prevents mom and dad from both scheduling something on the same night without a sitter! (And whoever forgets to write something down gets to rescedule if there is a conflict)
- Have a routine - say, for example, you always do two loads of laundry on Tuesdays and Thursdays and catch up on the weekend, everyone in the house will know when to have their laundry in the right place to be washed (or at least they'll learn quickly!)
- Get the kids involved - the older children can certainly chip in and do their share. They can likely help fold laundy and certainly put their own away, they can pack their lunch, empty dishwasher etc. not having to worry about all these little things will add up to a lot less stress!
- Have things ready the night before - the kids showered, lunches made and clothes laid out.
- Try to keep a tidy area - okay, maybe this is a personal thing... but if when I walk into the house I always see a mess... it immediately puts to mind all the things that need doing. If we can keep the entrance and maybe the kitchen tidy, I'm so much happier!
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