Thanks so much Katie for sharing this post! Read on to become inspired!
It’s no secret that the beginning of fall is a busy time for everyone, especially busy moms! No matter your schedule or profession, juggling the beginning of the school year with the start of the never-ending holiday season and everything in between can easily become overwhelming.
If you’re feeling frazzled now that the school year has started, try using some of these quick and easy organization ideas to remove a little stress from your daily schedule. The following tips apply mostly to the kitchen and meal planning, but they’re a great place to get started.
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1. Keep prepared snacks and lunch items in your fridge.
Instead of slicing peppers or tearing off bunches of grapes for lunches in the morning, keep plastic sandwich bags filled with cut up fruits and veggies in a specific area of your fridge. This way, instead of slicing and dicing in the morning you can simply grab a bag of carrots or celery and drop it in your child’s lunchbox.
2. Double your recipes.
It will take an extra five minutes to double the ingredients in a recipe while you’re cooking something as opposed to an extra hour starting from scratch the following evening. Doubling or tripling recipes is an easy way to guarantee lots of leftovers that you can then freeze and eat on nights when you don’t have time to cook. Lasagnas, casseroles, chilies and soups freeze especially well; keep them in plastic food storage containers until you need them.
3. Keep a drawer of box mixes in your kitchen.
Whether it’s for a birthday party or a classroom holiday celebration, odds are you’ll be asked to contribute baked goodies at some point during the school year. For those days when your kids don’t tell you they need brownies until the night beforehand, you’ll be glad you have a box mix on hand.
4. Don’t be ashamed to resort to takeout.
Keep your favorite restaurants’ numbers programmed into your phone for nights when your family decides on takeout or delivery. Sometimes when you’re driving home from soccer practice or shuttling kids between a million different activities, picking up a pizza is just easier than dealing with any sort of cooking. Plus, giant restaurant portions mean leftovers for later in the week.
5. Do a little prep work the night before.
Before you go to bed on weeknights, make things a little easier for yourself the next morning. Lay out your kids’ shoes by the front door, locate and put everyone’s backpacks together and set the table for breakfast. You’ll have less to do when you wake up tomorrow!
The more prepared you are for the school week, the less you’ll have to think about on busy mornings! And when you have less stressful mornings, you can start your day calmer and more organized. Feel free to share any of your own personal organization tips below!