Well, it’s been a couple of months since I have posted, but life has continued and my efforts have been elsewhere lately. Summer is in full swing here in Louisiana, so our days are filled with playing outside and going on “adventures” in the area. I prefer to spend my days playing with my kiddos, so I have been working hard to not work so hard around the house (does that make sense?) I initiated Project Simplify a couple of months ago to help me get my life in order and establish a routine for myself. This post is to show myself that I HAVE made progress, even when it doesn’t always feel that way.
First off, I have been doing much better with housecleaning and maintenance chores. I adopted a “morning routine” and “evening routine” that I read about on some blog somewhere. In the morning, I unload the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, and prep dinner. This has been SO incredibly helpful to get my day going and to feel like I have already crossed a ton off my to-do list. The dinner prep part has been the most helpful, and I seriously encourage ALL stressed mommies to get into this habit. With dinner either in the crockpot, thawing for the oven, or just prepped and ready to go, I feel like I don’t have to worry about it and don’t have that crazy 4:30 meltdown period in my day anymore. It has been amazing!
My evening routine is a little more work, but it really works well for our schedule. Once the kids are in bed (usually by 7:30 or 7:45pm), I get ALL dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down sink and counters, sweep kitchen, and get the playroom back in a state of order. I can usually be sitting and relaxing by 8:30pm. I love the feeling of waking up to a clean kitchen, and the kiddos appreciate having a clean space to start their morning play.
Another big change I have made to simplify my life is to have a big shopping and cooking day. I have tried it twice since my last post, and I am really loving the time it gives me in the long run. I will meal plan about 25 meals (includes double batches), shop for almost everything, and then spend a day cooking a TON and freezing meals. For the rest of the month, I either pull from the freezer or have most ingredients on hand to whip up a quick dinner. I only have to make a quick grocery run once or twice the rest of the month for fruit or a whole chicken. (I am hoping to get a deep freezer soon, so I can have room for ALL my meat for the month at once.)
I really feel like I am finally starting to “figure out” this phase of my mommy life. The kids are in good routines, the flow of our day is lovely, and we have time and energy to really get out and enjoy life. I know soon enough things will change again, and I will have to get a new plan and adapt once more. But I kind of love that about mommyhood. It is a constant challenge but with never-ending motivation to be and do the very best!
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