School is back in session for most of us so it’s back to schedules, homework, extracurricular activities and all the craziness that comes along with managing your family. I’ve nearly perfected the art of being a busy mom so here are
three ways to simplify your life with kids.
This is just what works for me, feel free to modify to suit your needs and preferences.
My boys are ages nine and six, by the way.
1. Streamline your routines and procedures.
I keep my boys’ school clothes in a dresser in the laundry room. This way I can wash, dry, fold and put them away all in one spot.
Every weekend, I catch up on laundry then set aside their outfits for each day in piles. Each morning, their outfits (with socks and underwear–don’t tell them I color-coordinate to their clothes) is laid out for them to put on. It saves us all so much time and hassle. Their pajamas and play clothes, by the way, are kept in their bedroom.
PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE
Every night when the kids are in bed, I clean out their backpacks and lunch boxes, set out their clothes for the next day, deal with their school papers and anything else I can to prepare for the next day. I also look at my to-do list, set out my outfit and figure out the next day’s meals before I go to bed.
2. Save time on meals.
I don’t have time to plan, shop for and cook elaborate meals every night!
I keep it simple by serving the same types of meals over and over again: fish and fries, soup, veggies and chicken, tacos, pasta and toast, pizza and leftovers. We usually grill out one night, too. I buy the same stuff every week so I don’t have to get creative.
I also keep frozen lasagna, macaroni and cheese and frozen taquitos on hand for when my husband is home with the kids and wants something quick and easy to serve them.
My kids eat the same thing for lunch every day. They don’t mind a bit. When I am at a place where I can mix it up, I will, but for now it’s easy and they’re happy.
As a side note, unless it’s totally your “thing” and you enjoy it, please consider giving up on making food from scratch. There’s something to be said for convenience foods like pre-packaged salad and a rotisserie chicken from the deli that makes mealtime more efficient. Stop making homemade granola and you just earned yourself an hour a week to play board games with the kids.
3. Stop running around.
My kids are home bodies. The only activity they’re involved in at the moment is karate, which they attend twice a week all year long. They’ve been going for a little over a year and will be earning their fourth belts at the end of this month. Karate offers many benefits plus it works for me (that’s important) because I can read, write or just relax (inside, in the air conditioning) while they practice. We’re looking into Lego club and chess club but that will be it for this year.
Keep a running list of all the errands you need to run and try to go as many as you can all at once and in the shortest distance. Plan errands for when you’ll already be out and about. I combine my trip to Sprouts, getting gas and going to the post office with yoga every week. This also means more blocks of time at home in my office, which increases productivity.
How do YOU simplify your life with kids? Feel free to comment or head over to the Facebook page.
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