The Big Fall Clean, is just about done. We only have the garage to get done. And honestly unless we have a warm day, it will probably wait until the Big SPRING Clean. I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the cold.
I have been keeping on the children to make sure the rooms stay organized. I am happy to say that they are doing great and are at the point where a once a walk through is all I need to do. My youngest three right now are the best cleaners. They hop right up when I tell them their room needs to be straightened up and they get it done. They will do what ever I tell them needs to be done, when I tell them. I started a reward system and they love it. They get to pick a coin out of the spare change jar for each job they do. Right now they are looking for things to do to get “paid,” I often have to tell them the work is done.
With the house and children basically under control, it is time for me to take a look inward and get MYSELF back under control. I need to make sure I am getting enough rest and eating better. Over the past 5 years I began going to bed at 2 AM and getting up 6 AM, which is leaving me very tired. My plan for the next month is to make sure I am in bed by midnight each night. My goal for January 1st is to be in bed by 11PM every night.
I also fell off the menu planning bandwagon about a year ago because our family life was so unpredictable. I began to wing it for dinners. We started to rely on the “quick” things in the freezer or a quick trip to pick up a couple of pizzas. The rest of the meals were hit or miss too. Whatever we had in the house was up for grabs. Shopping was does haphazardly so we often ran out of things like cereal or waffles.
I decided to restart menu planning. I have decided that breakfasts and lunches will be quick and easy to prepare. Breakfasts will consist of cereals, waffles and occasionally eggs. Lunches will be dinner leftovers, sandwiches, and sometimes a “treat” like Spaghetti O’s.
Today my goal was get the dinner menus planned for the rest of the year. I searched the web and found an Excel template by Vertex. Two hours later the menus are complete! A load has been removed from my shoulders and I know what we will be having for dinner for the next six weeks.
If I am not at home, then Richard can check the menu plan and won’t have to figure out what is for dinner. Plus he will know we have the food in the pantry and freezer for these meals. In addition to Richard, I have at least three children who are trained in the kitchen, so they could jump in and take over so it won’t all fall on Richard.
I also am going to make sure we keep enough fresh fruit and vegetables in the house. When I was checking the produce drawers I saw we had 10 apples, a head of lettuce and two cucumbers. My children can go through all of that in one day. I prefer fruits snacks over cookies any day.