If you’re anything like me, just looking at your calendar can give you the early onsets of a panic attack! Ry is on 2 different soccer teams, AJ starts high school next week, and is playing soccer, Adam is reffing, The Porch opens and I’m getting photography inquiries more and more. Oh, and I kind of still have to ya know, cook, clean, do laundry and oh ya. Sleep.
With all of that said, I just wanted to give 3 tips that I think will help you keep your sanity once school starts up in full swing.
1. Keep your kitchen clean.
You’ve heard the saying, “As goes the kitchen, so goes the house”?
I think I used to hear my mom say this a lot. And here’s basically what it means. If nothing else in the house seems right, keep your counters cleaned off and the sink empty.
The kitchen can tend to be grand central station, at least around here. And it is a place that I find myself often throughout the day.
Whether it’s making lunches, making coffee, preparing dinner, doing dishes…you can feel like you’re always in there!
I know it’s a little bit more work at the time, but putting the food away right after dinner, loading the dishwasher right after meal time, and cleaning the sink can make an incredible difference in how you feel when you walk in the room.
I bet if you timed it, you’d be surprised at how few minutes you took up cleaning off the counter and wiping it down.
Walking into a room that is clean (especially after a long day of driving kids around, or first thing in the morning) gives you a much better perspective on life!
2. Make your bed.
I know, I know. It seems basic. But it’s the same principle as the kitchen. Making your bed makes you feel like at least you have accomplished something! Who cares if your clean clothes are all over the floor waiting to be folded and put away, or if you have last night’s snack dishes on your night stand. When your bed is made, it makes the rest of the room feel cleaner. And plus it’s easier to get on your kids about making their bed, when you have actually made yours!
3. Make a command center.
I have been eyeing all different types of command centers on pinterest for weeks now, and I just had to have one place that we could all go to check the schedule, see what’s for dinner, leave a message to each other and put important papers for school. We didn’t have a ton of wall space, or a ton of money. But we did manage to get all the pieces in place that we needed to make me feel like I was on top of things…even on the days that I wasn’t.
If all else fails, we know what is for dinner this week (so the kids don’t have to ask anymore), I can find out where Adam is reffing, what time Ry has to be at his practice and where AJ will be playing his next game. Perfect.
If, after all that, you are still feeling like you’re losing your sanity?
Have another cup of coffee and give yourself a restart.
Remind yourself that moments with your family fly by and you need to just stop and enjoy them, even if they’re crazy.
Don’t get so caught up in the craziness of life that you forget to love this life that God has given you!
*The letters, magnet/chalk board and tin bucket to hold the chalk and were from Michaels. (All half off right now!) The folder holder, and other clip board were from Home Goods. The scrabble pieces were from an old scrabble game I had gotten at a thrift store and I put stick and peel magnets on the back (magnet strips were 98 cents at walmart) calendar and screw holders were from walmart. The clock was from Marshall’s.