Everyone has those days where they wonder where the time went! You had so much you wanted to get done but it didn’t happen the way you hoped. There are some easy strategies that will help you feel accomplished everyday. They are very easy to fit into your routine and really help if your a new mom as well.
I use to have days where I just felt I didn’t get anything done. My schedule is always so jam packed as I care for my oldest son, my mom, my granddaughter’s, the household chores, blog, crafts, and a lot more. So everyone and everything always came up to keep me from doing what I needed to do. I had to get a little more creative with my time so that I could get done the things that I needed to and not be so stressed out. I would be so upset with myself at times because I wasn’t getting done what I needed to.
So I came up with a solution and it has been working out great, life has become easier and I feel like I’m getting a lot more done in a shorter amount of time. It has really improved my mood as well. I feel happier and it really shows. The smallest things can make you feel more at ease and not so rushed all the time. I have found that once my kids go to sleep I can get so much done for the next day!
Meals for the next day:
Breakfast: You can set up breakfast in the crockpot for the next morning, Oatmeal, Egg Casserole, monkey bread or other breakfast goodies. Feed the family, wash it out quickly or use the crockpot liners (These I LOVE!) to make cleaning a breeze, just lift it out and throw it away. Then put in a new one to put dinner in the crockpot for the evening.
Lunches: I pack the kids lunches before I go to bed and put them in their lunch bags, place them in the fridge and their freezer packs in the freezer. All I have to do in the morning is place in the freezer pack and hand them off.
I have two options for the meals for the next day. At times I purchase a larger package of hamburger when making a dish then I need. I will make Burgers, meatloaf tacos or another dish the first night. Then I will cook up the meat that I didn’t use for that dish after we finish dinner. Drain it and put it into a large ziplock bag or bowl with lid then I will make Tacos or Poorman’s Casserole the second night but I will put it together the night before and put it in the fridge so I just have to bake it and we are eating or add the taco seasoning and cut up the veggies for the tacos and we are eating. It cuts out a lot of time.
If I have a VERY busy day the day before I will pull out a meat to defrost in the fridge, put all the ingredients for the crockpot recipe I will be making on the counter so it is all in one spot. Then in the morning I throw everything into the crockpot and we are off for the day and when we get home we can just sit and eat.
I always have laundry to do, there are 6 of us, so laundry is a given. However, I use to dread it, I always felt behind on the laundry. So I put a load in at night, then go to bed. When I get up, I get another load to bring down, change the loads, and I already have two loads of laundry going by 6:15am in the morning. Then after I drop my son off at school and come home it’s time to change the loads again and it’s my 3rd load of laundry by 7:30am. If I do not get another load in that day, I’m still great because I have 3 loads done.
Before I go to bed, I will pick up the floors from the kids, I do this right after the kids go to bed. I then choose a room that needs my attention, I will clean it, dust it, and then do any other touch ups that I need to. I then have one less room to clean the next day, so I again feel accomplished and have things done on my list for the next day so I’m ahead of my work schedule.
I never make a long list of what needs to be done around the house. I instead make a list of things that I want to get done for the day. So that I feel I accomplished something that day. If you have everything on the list, you are more likely to feel like you got nothing accomplished that day when in reality you did a lot. The list is just a mile long so anyone would feel that way. Keep your lists shorter and add more as you finish your list if you have time.
Put your cleaning products in a carrier to make them easier to bring from room to room. Cleaning will go quicker if your not having to leave the room to get the cleaning products that you need for the job.
I sweep and mop the floors in the evening or early morning before I wake everyone up to start their day. It just makes for a great start to the day and less work that is on my list as well as if someone comes over my floors are already cleaned. If it’s raining out I keep up with the floors with my Swiffer Wet Jet.
Even when I have crazy busy days I still feel accomplished, I have taken the family to Dr’s visits, kids activities, I have dinner done, 3 loads of laundry, the floors are cleaned, I cleaned the room that was on my list, helped everyone with their needs during the day, and everyone is stress free. When the kids go to bed, it starts all over again but I always have everything on track for the week.