We began to spiral back into old habits that I had thought we left behind... no more dinner rhythm, less structure, and more clutter. I sat back the other day and wondered...
- lessened the amount of adult conversation that was being heard at home... the benefits are already being noticed by one mom in only a week
- organized the family art table by simplifying the available supplies... the children are showing more creativity as they play
- implemented a daily schedule to enhance the rhythm of the home... the house has run more smoothly with less stressful interactions among family members
- toys have been cleaned out and decluttered... the new organization has given a new life to old favorites and destressed the clean up process
- laundry has been sorted and donations are bagged... still more to go on the laundry issue, but it is definitely much better.
- weekly meal planning: Designate a theme for each day of the week & stick to it. This makes meal planning a snap. For example: Mexican Monday, Italian Tuesday Chicken Wednesday, etc. You have tons of freedom, but less stress on coming up with ideas.
- organize your To Do List: Divide one piece of paper into several boxes. Label each box as needed. For example: grocery list, appointments, must do, need to do, etc. Cross off items as you finish. On Sunday night, write a new list including any items that you did not complete. No need for several calendars or organizers. Plus, a sheet of paper can go anywhere tucked in a pocket.
- create a routine: What part of your day is most hectic? mornings? evenings? dinner time? How do you want that part of your day to run? What feeling do you want to achieve? Think about some simple things you can implement to bring about the change you want.
What small change can I implement to help make that part of my life run more smoothly?
I implemented making lunch in the evening to take something off my son's morning to dos. It has worked out in everyones favor.
I also created a schedule of events for my kids to follow both in the morning and evening. It is a daily rhythm that keeps the boys on track and helps to lessen stress from too much.
The schedule of events has the added benefit of peace of mind. My peace of mind. I am no longer having to repeat request over and over. I can refer to the board and have the boys take it from there.
So... does this story have a happy ending? I think it does. When life gives you lemons, make lemondae... and lemon pie and lemon cupcakes and lemon... Turn it into something that truly makes you happy.