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After working a full week, Friday nights are my time at home to plan my menu for the workweek. Saturday is grocery shopping day, Sunday morning is for church, and Sunday afternoons are for prepping foods for the work week, and cooking a main meat to eat off for a few days.
When I break a task down into manageable chunks, then I don't feel so overwhelmed. Only a few minutes a day keeps junk mail curbed, keeps the kids' toys in the box where they belong, and keeps my desk drawers from getting too out of control. I set the timer for 5 or 10 minutes and go until the time rings. It's amazing how much I can get done in a short burst of time! :)
I have recently started to prepare vegetables when I get them home or shortly after. I have found that I can cut up bell peppers, spread them on a lined cookie sheet, freeze then put into zip type bags to freeze. I can then take out what I need when cooking. Also can work for onions.
I have over time put together a binder of recipes and menus for quick reference. I made sure to include some things that will freeze well here and there to double and add to my freezer for days things don't go as planned. I also try to use the crockpot once a week on busy days. This has been wonderful for adding variety to our meals and making them more enjoyable. It really got me out of the rut! We are eating better and it is actually cheaper!
When my house gets messy and it starts to feel overwhelming, I don't try to clean it perfectly right away. I designate one corner of a room (or big laundry basket) to hold all the bits and pieces that need to be put somewhere else, and clean the rest of the room. It saves a lot of running around the house in circles putting things away and makes "most" of the room feel organized quickly. Then I can deal with the pile of stuff more easily.
After baby #2 came along, it seemed I was always flustered and running late. I realized my day planning needed a reality check!
We have 4 children and getting lunches ready needs to be fast! I bought 3 bins at Walmart and designated a shelf in my pantry for them. 1 bin holds baked chips/pretzels 1 bin holds healthy snacks(raisins/fruit chews/graham crackers) 1 bin holds desserts/fruits (they must rotate). When making lunches all they have to do is grab something from each basket and lunches are made (other than a sandwhich). I keep a variety in each bin and I cut off the tops of all the boxes too!
We are a busy family with 3 kids in sports. We put our good dishes in a different cupboard for when we have company over. All other days I bought each family member their own color plate, bowl, cup and mug. We are a family of 5. Now dishes are done quickly because everyone keeps track of their own dishes and it ends the idea of dirtying every dish in the house. It has helped a lot in our house (with no dish washer).
Tackle clutter! Start by putting similar things together in a catagory, such as art supplies, or hair products, hobbie items, etc... Then find a home for each catagory (a shelf in the closet, a drawer in a desk, a container in the study, etc...). If your items all have a "home" you will always remember where to put it and where to find it. Example: Our art supplies "home" is in a storage container on the top shelf of the cabinet in the study.