It’s September and a new school year has begun. Every autumn I have mixed feelings about the close of summer’s picnics and late nights on the deck, but am excited for the routine of a new school year!
Around this time I also look at my calendar and see what I can streamline to make everyday tasks run smoother and take less time. Days are filled with school, work, and several evenings out during the week for soccer practice. Here’s some ways I’ve made tasks that are constantly on repeat a little easier for our family.
This year I’ve created a simple meal plan that repeats itself. This might be hard for us because we are foodies and love to try new recipes, but I think it will be helpful to have a default menu. I can always switch a meal out for something new or if a specific item is on sale at the grocery store. But having a pre-created menu ready to go will be helpful on weeks that I don’t have time to sit down and come up with something new.
To get you started, check out this five day menu plan with links to recipes..
Streamline Morning Madness
Having a smooth morning starts the night before. For us that means prepping the coffee pot to start automatically, packing lunches, and lying out clothes the night before. Picking out our outfits ahead of time particularly helps with not spending those precious morning minutes frantically looking for lost shoes or realizing all the clean underwear is still wet in the washer. Oops, been there before!
Prioritize Family Time
After a week of learning and work we make it a priority to have some relaxing family time together. There are weekends that are packed with running around to soccer games, extended family gatherings, or parties, but when this is the norm we really feel depleted. Perhaps all families do not feel this way. Even if your family thrives on action and social activities, having a time for everyone in the family to be together and connect after a busy week is wonderful for relationships. We usually set aside Saturday night or Sunday afternoon. This is a time for family hikes if the weather cooperates, game nights with a bowl of popcorn, or movie nights while eating some homemade pizza. It’s something we all look forward to!
What are your favorite “sanity savers” that help your family?