With fall comes the transition of back-to-school, sports, and new activities. Fall is a busy time for families with young children. While facing our hectic schedule, I brainstormed ways I could streamline my life; ways I could make my life more organized.
Here are the top five ways I streamlined my fall:
- Meal prep and crock pot cooking.
With the line up of soccer, ballet, and swimming, there are several nights during the week we are walking in the door right at dinner time. Rather than eating out or eating unhealthy, I have focused on Sunday meal preparation and making it a point to go to the grocery store only one time per week. Additionally, I have been using the crock pot to prepare healthy and delicious meals that are ready the second we walk in the door.
- Moving my workout to the morning.
As much as I dislike working out before the sun rises, it is the best way to guarantee I get in a workout. Over the summer I started to phase my workouts to the early morning hours, now with our new fall schedule, I workout almost exclusively in the morning. Whether I am running on the treadmill or going to the gym, getting up and getting moving is the easiest thing for our schedule. Even though I feel awful when the alarm goes off at 4:45AM, I always feel fantastic post workout and find that I have more energy over the remainder of the day.
- One, hardcore purse.
I know it might seem silly, but switching to one primary, rugged purse has helped to streamline my life. Before streamlining, I would change my purse with the season, or occasion. Not anymore! Now I have one, all purpose purse that can hold all the junk we need for a day of soccer, ballet and birthday parties. It’s water repellent, sturdy, and if by chance one of my daughter’s draws on it with a ball point pen, it’s replaceable (still mourning the loss of a beautiful limited edition, vintage, JCrew bag, UGH!) If I find myself having adult time, date night, or cocktail hour, I don’t carry a purse at all and opt for a wristlet.
- Losing the lunch containers.
Lunch containers and water bottles have been a thorn in my side for years. I am constantly battling the clutter they cause in my kitchen and pantry. Lids, tops, pieces and parts caused disorganization in my home. One day I finally had enough and did a bit of research on better alternatives. I discovered Lunchskins. These reusable little wonders have helped me clear out the pantry and make room in the kitchen. My girls love them, and they fit much more easily into their lunch boxes. They are easy to clean and can even be run through the dishwasher (top rack).
- Purge and Purge.
There is a joke in my house…if it is not nailed down, there is a good chance Mom is going to throw it away! Throw away junk you are not using or do not need. De-clutter and organize. Do not be afraid to up-cycle, recycle, and donate the junk (stuff) you are not using.
These five little tricks have made for a cleaner and more streamlined fall. In looking ahead to the clutter of the holiday season, I need more suggestions, please let me know what else I can do to stay organized!