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Month: August, 2013

Back to School Routine

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It’s no secret that school mornings can be stressful. Getting your child up, dressed, teeth brushed, breakfast eaten and out the door in time can seem a bit overwhelming and set the tone for your day and your child’s day. So, make it enjoyable and stress free.

One way to make the morning less stressful is to do as much as possible the night before.

In our house this is what my nighttime ritual looks like:

  • Pack lunch and keep bag in fridge to easily grab in the morning
  • Set out clothing and leave them on the living room chair
  • Pack the backpack with everything it needs, , school work, permission slips, special forms for school
  • Shoes by the door
  • Keys on the hooks
  • Breakfast items set out or easily accessible in the fridge
  • Milk cup at a level my kid can reach it so he can grab it while I’m still waking up

In the morning:

  • Get dressed
  • Make breakfast
  • Pack lunch bag in backpack
  • Brush teeth
  • Out the door

As you’ll see most of the work happens the night before so we can enjoy our mornings and get out the door on time?

How do you ensure you get out the door on time? I would love to hear your tips and tricks below.

I hope you and your child have a great first week back to school.

Happy Organizing!

photo from: freedigitalphotos.net

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Foods Fit for Back to School

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Making breakfast and healthy portable lunches for your kids is apart of a successful morning during the school year. Here are a few ideas to make the preparation simple and possibly dare I say fun.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Getting your children to et breakfast might not be so easy, but here are some ideas to spruce up the breakfast table and get your kids’ excited about the first meal of the day again.

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Muffins are a great idea. You can make them before and they are portable. Here are a few scrumptious ideas:

Caramel Apple Muffins

Ham and Cheese Morning Muffins

Zucchini Spice Muffins

Cranberry Crunch Muffins

Mini Frittatas add a different spin on breakfast. Your kids will think you’ve transformed into a gourmet chef with this simple option.

Why not whips up a Breakfast Burrito after a night of Mexican for dinner? Take the taco fillers, onion, beans, cheese and add some eggs.

Making lunches for your child can save money and ensure they are eating healthy options. Consider creating lunch bins in your refrigerator and in your pantry for dry goods. This will make it very simple for you or your child to put items together for lunch or grab snacks after school.

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Here are some ideas for the lunch/snack tubs:

Refrigerator Bin:

Lunchmeat

Cheese slices

Mayo

Mustard

Jelly

Sliced fruit

Sliced veggies

Hard-boiled eggs

Cheese sticks

Mini yogurts

Mini containers of dips such as ranch, hummus etc.

Pantry Bin:

Chips

Goldfish

Trail Mix

Crackers

Cookies

Nuts

Popcorn

Dried fruit

Raisin boxes

Cheese and cracker packages

These are just ideas to get your started! Add anything into the bins that your child loves. This will promote self-service and help you trim your morning routine.

What creative food ideas do you have for your children? I would love to hear from you.

Happy Organizing!

Photos courtesy of: iheartorganizing.com, spoonful.com, freedigitalphotos.net

Transition Back into School Mode

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It’s coming, in two short weeks the kids will be back in school. My baby is starting Kindergarten, which in itself in enough to make me feel a little overwhelmed. So we are getting our house ready for the coming year.

Depending on your child’s age and abilities, consider getting them involved in the preparation. They will be thrilled to help you with school supply shopping, but also consider having them help by establishing systems and routines and areas at home for school work, supply storage and a drop zone for things going back and forth.

I have covered Back to School  before so I’ve included links below to posts filled with useful tips and tricks. For the rest of the month I will dive deeper into topics I’ve only scratched the surface on.

General Back to School Tips
Back to School Time 

I’ve also included two great posts to tuck away until your child’s artwork starts to come home, creative fun ways to cherish their treasures.
Organizing your Child’s Artwork 
Solutions for your Mini-Artist’s Treasures

Even if you don’t have children going Back to School, consider this a good time to reconnect with work after enjoying a laid back Summer. What can you apply to get your routines in check and your spaces and time organized?

Happy organizing!

 

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net 

Organize your Time to Increase your Happiness

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I would argue that time is the ultimate gauge of organization. It can make us feel like everything is in order or it can make everything feel like complete chaos. As part of my ongoing happiness project I have focused on time. Focusing mostly on my time and how I spend it. Being on time. And making sure I’m sharing my time with the people I love the most. It’s about controlling my time and to stop making excuses about how I don’t have time for this or that.

In Gretchen Rubin’s book “Happiness at Home” she points out that, “a feeling of control is a very important aspect of happiness…” When we have our world in order and the things we can control, seemingly under control everything seems to run smoother and we feel as though we have more time.

How can you feel in control when you are always 15 minutes late to meetings, events or dinner dates? How powerful does it feel when you forget an appointment and you have to call and apologize or even worse they call you to see what happened. How much money do you spend on extra fees paying bills late?

Being more conscious of your time and where it’s being spent will give you a jumping off point. Spend one week writing down everything you do and how long it takes. Seriously. Be diligent for one week.

After that one week sit down and take a look. How long did it really take to get ready in the morning? How long is the commute to work, with traffic? Did you get in your workouts? How much time are you spending with your family?

Now put together a more realistic calendar for yourself. Give yourself the proper amount of time in the morning so you don’t have to rush, forcing yourself to do your makeup in the car while weaving in and out of traffic. Figure out where you can spare 30 minutes a day for exercise. Plan time to spend with your family. Fill your time with the things that make you happy and you will find, you have more time.

One thing we all do that Rubin calls out in her book is, “…live in the naive notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past…”

Don’t put off the things you love for menial busy work or obligations and activities that aren’t fulfilling. Take control of your time, live in the stop and stop putting it off for tomorrow.

Take control of your time and the rest will fall into place.

Happy organizing!