I’m trying to become more…streamlined this year. Not necessarily more organized, because I’m already fairly organized, but less distracted and needing to do 20 things at once. Part of the reason for needing to multi-multi-multi-task stems from the fact that I tend to overbook myself and my family- with activities, chores, fun & games or distractions. This isn’t all negative- our family has three kids, all five of us like to do different things for fun and relaxation and my husband and I work full-time. But it is a fact of life in our family that we often go, go, go, with little time to slow done.
One of the ways that I’m trying to streamline my life is in taking things off my plate and either benching them completely or handing them off to someone else. For example, we hired a cleaner this year, who comes weekly for three hours. I love not having to clean my house, because I can either work (and make more money than the cleaning service costs), or do something else- especially with my kids. Another example is having my kids fold the napkins and place mats; the important thing is not having perfectly folded table linens- it’s that my children take responsibility for making the house run well too. I’ve also stepped down from a few of my extracurricular activities (yet added one, yoga, in) and it makes a difference in the weight on my shoulders!
Another thing I’ve been trying to do more diligently, and the more organized amongst you will scoff, is prepare on Sunday for the week. Today, for example, I prepped a series of meals that will take us through Wednesday: tomato & veggie sauce for homemade pizza (using my magical six recipe) and lasagna, tuna noodle casserole ready to pop in the oven for when we get home late Monday night from chess, veggie stir fry for Tuesday and the beginnings of a chicken and veggie something or other that will become clearer as the week goes on. I’ve also made sure that all the laundry got caught up on (now that I’m paranoid about running appliances when we’re not home) and the swimming bags, back packs etc have all been readied.
I don’t know how long this good intention shall last, but it feels nice to be sitting in the kitchen, as my husband does the dishes and the dryer hums in the background, knowing that tackling fewer things, one thing at a time, isn’t that hard after all.
I managed to clear my inbox of all emails, read and unread this week! What was your act of streamlining this week?