There is no surprise in that we are all VERY busy!! That is just the way it is these days. Busy, busy, busy! I personally love it. I have realized over the years that I thrive off of busy and crazy! lol I mean….I have 4 kids. And I had them all in a span of 6 years. One who was adopted and had special needs. I clearly like busy!
I feel like when things become slow paced….my wheels start turning!! That is when my husband is usually thinking, “oh no!!! What does she have up her sleeve now!!” He is getting used to it after 12 years of marriage!
With all that being said, I do want/need order in my life, routines to be set, and to find ways to be more organized! I think as mothers, we ALL crave this. Whether you like living at a slow or fast pace, organization is key!
So I wanted to share with you a few things that help me run our busy family!
Routines, Routines, Routines
We could not live without some clear cut routines that happen daily/weekly in our home!!
Each morning before school my kids brush their teeth, make their bed, fill their own water bottle to take, and get their morning snack packed and in their backpack. I will take care of lunches as long as they do all those other things! This helps so much! For me to do all of this takes way too long! It does help that they are all old enough to do these things independently. If you have littler ones, have a drawer at their level and have them help get out the plate, fork, and cup for breakfast. Maybe they could also put their PJ’s in their drawer all by themselves after they get dressed. This gives them independence and is teaching them great habits for later!!
Our after school routine I shared about on my instagram this week. (@luvallthingshome) Before they can have a snack my kiddos wash hands, unpack backpacks and lunch box, (which means putting the ice pack in the freezer, lunch box in designated drawer and bento box in the sink), and they put their water bottle away. All of this doesn’t seem like much but when I am doing it for all 4 kids it takes a lot of time. All of this is not only helpful for me, but again is teaching them responsibility!!
With the amount of paper that is always coming home I knew we needed a special place for them. This hanging basket from Hobby Lobby was perfect because it had 4 baskets! It seems like it’s always just 3! After school the kids put any HW sheets or notebooks in their numbered basket. Its great because each of them have papers that they work on for a week at a time and then turn it in. This allows us to not lose those homework sheets!
Oh, the dreaded bedtime!! If you set routines from the very beginning, I promise it doesn’t have to be a struggle!! I knew from the very beginning that I was not going to stand on my head, do a dance, or sing a particular song to get my kids to go to bed!! ha! No really, I wasn’t going to lay with them and I wasn’t going to fetch 5 drinks. Maybe this sounds harsh but I will snuggle with you during the day. Not when the day is done and mamma is tired!! Having this in place from the very beginning has helped a ton!!
So for bedtime, the kids shower and then hang up all their own towels. When we first moved into our house the towel racks were too high. So we bought one from target and bam…now they can do it on their own! 🙂 No excuse!
YES to this routine!!! This one takes the cake as the best one in our house!! I used to do the kids laundry, fold it, and then put it all away! It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r! But now after I fold it, each child’s pile goes into their own laundry basket and its on the stairs ready for them to put away!! They each hang their shirts and put the rest in drawers! It is such a time saver and now my laundry chore isn’t near as bad!! And guys, if you want to implement this to your family….you don’t have to spend a lot on laundry baskets. I went to the dollar store!! They work perfect!
Not only do we have lots of routines in place to stay organized but with 4 kids in activities and doctor appointments, etc. we have to stay on top of our calendars. Our favorite app is the Cozi App. The calendar is great and you can put things in color codes with each person in your family. My husband and I are each linked to it. But for me the best part are the lists. We have a grocery list and a target list. That way when my husband thinks of something he needs and he is at work, he can put it on the list! Saves us a lot of those conversations that go, “oh man, I didn’t know you were at target today, I needed some…..”. When I get to target, I just pull up my list and he has added what he needs! Love it!
Lastly, the one other thing that helps keep our busy family running smoother are relying on carpools! A lot of the time, I have 2 kids that have to be at practices at the same time at different fields. We wouldn’t survive without our carpools! My biggest advice is allow people to help. You may need it one day, but you will be able return the favor and help others out on a different day! You know the saying, “it takes a village.” Well, guys, find your village! I couldn’t survive without mine! 🙂
With any kind of routine it takes practice and repetition! Trust me the “making your bed routine” in the morning before school doesn’t come natural to a few of my kiddos! 😉 But just having them in place and going over them daily will help so much with staying organized and teaching your kids responsibility! Hope these helped and of course, please leave me any tips you guys have in your household in the comments below!! Always looking for ways to improve our crazy, busy days here at the Lloyds! 🙂