Well hey! I’m sure you noticed I took an unscheduled week off last week…and boy did I need it to catch up on everything else in my life! I am sure that everyone experiences those seasons of life where you feel like no matter how much you accomplish in your day there is a mountain left at the end of the day unaccomplished.
All of the kids activites have swung into full gear, it seems like I can’t keep up at work and I know this will get worse entering into year end accounting stuff, and this extra activity of blogging has been picking up some speed fast…all of these are good problems to have, and I have found a few tricks to help me keep on top of the rest of my life.
- Use a planner ~ It doesn’t matter if it is paper or a shared electronic version. Just use one. Having to be away from home unexpectedly a few weeks ago I realize how crucial this is to a family functioning. I use a paper version, and my husband was able to quickly see where the kids needed to be and when. I LOVE my Erin Condren Life Planner…it is the best $50 I spend each year.
- Take time to plan ~ You need to have a good visual of your week. A quick 15 minuets each weekend helps me to schedule out my days so one is not bombarded. I also jot down entire schedules when my kids bring them home. I hate clutter on my fridge and this helps me know in advance if we are busy or not. Just take the time to know where your week should be headed.
- Do 1 housework task each day ~ this helps to avoid a full cleaning day and also makes sure your house is always more picked up than not. I take one day for floors, one day for bathrooms, one day to dust, one day to iron and then one day to do a non-frequent task like windows, blinds, baseboards, grout etc.
- Do 1 load of laundry each day ~ base this on your household. For me it is one day for colors, darks, whites every other week rotated with sheets and then towels twice a week. I never have a pile to tackle, and my husband can even help out because of how we organized the laundry room…more on that coming up soon!
- Clean your kitchen and run the dishwasher at night. I can’t tell you how nice it is to wake up to a clean kitchen.
- Make lunches ahead. I just started doing this and it has saved me so much headache and money! I can’t tell you how many times I was rushing to get the kids to school on time, didn’t feel like making a lunch so just told them to eat at school. Ugh…my kids always ordered a PB&J and who feels like paying the school for a sack lunch? Not me! I throw most of my husbands together at night too…I actually have a few minutes peace in the mornings!
- Don’t feel guilty having your kids tackle some projects. As my kids get older I expect them to work with me or do it themselves…meaning…If they have not cleaned their room so I can dust and do their floors, they get to clean their room AND do those things. It is 50/50 on how much this happens, but they know the standard for my house and what is expected.
Don’t for one second think that I have my whole life together…Yes, I thrive on organization…but I am a constant work in progress. Despite all my efforts to run a smooth household I still get behind, slack off on doing what I need to and get snappy and short with my family. So take this list as some suggested life hacks that you can adapt to your family if you want to…but don’t think this is how a perfect house runs because I have yet to see one actually work that way.