The end is nigh, the summer holidays are drawing to a close. Sure, we’ve loved spending lots of time with the children and we’ve created some wonderful memories this summer, but I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine! For us, organisation is key to a stress free home.
There are many simple but effective ways to bring a little structure to the days where your usually running around like a headless chicken!
- Meal planning – I do a meal plan every week. Not only does it stop me from fretting over what to cook for dinner each night, it’s also a great way to save money. I can check the meal plan in the morning, get out everything that is needed and not have to worry about it until the hustle and bustle of the school pick up is done!
- Lunch boxes – Usually I prepare lunch boxes in the evening for the next day, sandwiches etc are kept in the fridge and yoghurts etc are added just before we leave to catch the bus. Preparing lunch boxes in the evening means I have one less job to get done whilst coordinating breakfast and getting in uniform.
- Set nights for homework and reading – my eldest is about to start her second year at infants school and as yet hasn’t come home with homework as such but always has a reading book in her book bag which we always dedicate up to 3 evenings a week to reading together.
- Five of each – 5 skirts, 5 jumpers, 5 of everything for Monday – Friday. I put together a uniform pile for each day on a Sunday ensuring its all washed and ironed. A tedious task, but one that saves a lot of time on a weekday morning!
- The paper pile – I’m guilty of not checking the book bag as regularly as I should. Meaning I often discover letters that needed signing and returning yesterday. Checking bags every evening is something I’ve promised myself I will do this year because there is nothing worse than discovering a big pile of stuff to sign and date at 11pm at night when all I really want to do is sleep!
Each family is different and has their own systems which work for them. But I hope by sharing the little things we do, you too can achieve more calm and less crazy when September rolls around.