Ok so Life can be crazy right? We ALL know that! Well let me tell ya, homeschooling the girls is just one of the things that has left very little ‘extra’ time in our household. I am definitely learning more and more everyday how to make things a little less hectic around here.
Beginning homeschooling when there is a baby under 1 in the house, really was the first real struggle. Now, throw my battle with insomnia in with that, and beginning a new blog all while ALREADY running on a jam packed full schedule. Things really started to temporarily lose their structure. Over the past almost year, I have come across quite a few things that help to make our life less hectic. Here are a list of the CURRENT most helpful things in our home.
1. ONLINE SHOPPING
Ok, so I’ve always enjoyed online shopping. Who doesn’t?! But, it wasn’t until this past year that I actually began using it to help keep things less chaotic so we don’t have to run around so much.
Let me tell ya! Online shopping is so quick and easy, as long as you order the correct items to begin with, that is. The downfall is, if you do accidentally order the incorrect items, it can really be a pain in the butt to return things. Other than that, I get things done so quickly, with so much less fuss, and there is no dragging the munchkins in so many stores searching for that one particular item. Or waiting for someone to watch them for us so we can birthday shop, or Christmas shop, or just plain old enjoy shopping with out being asked to purchase everything they see. <—I can’t be the only one who experiences this.
Considering that we homeschool, there aren’t many opportunities to sneak in a quick run to the store before they get out of school. Now, I have to admit…online grocery shopping still makes me nervous and I haven’t worked my way up to trying it just yet. I’ll keep ya updated 😉
2. MEAL PLANNING
This I have attempted so many times and always would get lazy with it, or life would get in the way. Trust me, this one, it’s a big help on not only keeping the chaos level down through out the week, but it’s also definitely a big money saver !! Plan your meals guys, and write your grocery list according to those meal plans, and I promise you success 🙂
Meal planning is a big one. It makes grocery shopping with 3 kids (sometimes 4 including my stepdaughter) a lot easier!! I even bought a weekly white board for the fridge and include each day’s meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) when writing the weekly schedule on there. You wouldn’t BELIEVE how many times I get asked what our plans are, or whats gonna be for dinner. So now, my hubby, who I have been teaching some of my mad cooking skills to, is now able to start cooking dinner if the girls and I aren’t home in time 🙂 How awesome is that?
3. A GOOD PLANNER/ORGANIZER
Here is where I am lacking for SURE! Since beginning homeschooling, I have been on the hunt for the perfect planner, which I have yet to find. 🙁 I do, however, have a pretty sweet system going on between my multiple calendars, and multiple pads of paper (LOL). Yes you read that correctly multiples of each!!
The only way I am successful with all this is by spending a little extra time (which is pretty difficult to find) making sure everything flows nicely together. Taking the obligations/appts for each day and lining them up with our school day, and meal planning, being sure the type of dinner matches up with the day….obviously, on the day of dance and skating class, we are gone from 2pm and don’t get home until after 7pm, it would make sense to plan an easy simple meal right?? Yep!
On that note, I am going to tell you, I rarely have extra time. And by rarely, I seriously mean RARELY. So the way of scheduling I have right now works….but let me tell ya, once I do find that one amazing planner chocked full of awesomeness, I know it’ll make this part of my life a breeze!! Everyone’s way of planning is different. I think that is why it is so hard to find what I am looking for. Hopefully I’ll find one soon, and if not I may be creating my very own!! We shall see…..