The 2010 census shows that over 75% of 2 parent families have both parents working a part-time or full-time job outside the home. How do we find the time to do all the things we want to do for our families?
We are busy people. There are meals to cook,laundry, dance class, little league, and the list goes on and on. There seems to be more things to do than we have hours in the day. By the time you add on a 40 hour work week, it is mind boggling and stressful. The answer is in our organizational skills.
Here are 9 tips for staying organized.
1. Plan a menu a week in advance. List it all on the calendar with every one’s schedules. Use one calendar located where every member of the family can see it.
2. Shop once a week for everything on the weekly menu. This cuts out all the time consuming, little runs to the store.
3. Fire up that crock pot! With the help of a timer, the meal can be cooked and ready to go by the time everyone hits home.
4. Don’t forget to use those easy cooking, quick preparation time cook books. They have some very nutritional meals with short preparation time.
5. Prepare ahead of time the things that can be cooked and frozen such as ground beef and chicken broth. Keep the fresh veggies cut up, and in containers in the refrigerator, for easy use and snacks!
6. Make twice as much at one time and freeze half. Don’t forget to put the date on it!
7. When making cookies, make some to freeze. This is a life saver when it comes to providing those last minute cookies, your child forgot to mention but is needed for school, that day!
8. My kids were always starved when they hit home after school. Having little snack sacks of nutritional snacks, made up in advance, helps them reach for the healthy snacks.
9. Don’t hesitate to use the 5 year rule. 5 years from now, is anyone going to remember if that particular thing was done or not. Keeps us pointed on the more important things.
Life is busy! When we stayed organized and prioritize it will go smoother. The key is to get things done, so we can have some much needed time with our partner and children. Or, a novel concept, time for yourself!
- Where’s the Joy? Rescuing Family Dinner (psychologytoday.com)
- Collection of Menu Planner Templates (brighthub.com)