One "system" is I keep a tube of chap stick by the kitchen sink. I never have to wonder where it is. I stand there and apply it and keep the rule to put it right back.
Another system, I started feeding my older two children Cheerios with sliced bananas, milk, and a little sugar every single morning with no variation. They love it, they eat it quickly, I don't have to cook it, and it is nutritious enough for my standards. For years we have been eating oatmeal, scrambled eggs, toast or smoothies. But decisions! I'm weary of them. I don't want to make these decisions in the mornings anymore.
A couple of sysytems I'm trying to get going are a Sunday night system and a Monday morning system or routine rather.
Sunday night: put kids to bed, make sandwhiches for the week (made 13 last night), clean out purse, take e-mail down to zero, glace at my calendar, meal plan, make a thorough grocery list, shower.
Meal Plan this week
Monday- chicken fajitas
Tuesday- Italian Meatball Soup
Wednesday- salmon with vegetables and pasta
Thursday- French dip sandwhiches
Friday- homemade pizza
Saturday- turkey burgers
Sunday- eggs, grits, toast or leftovers
Monday morning: rise early, read Bible, get kids dressed and ready for nursery school, drop them off, go to Pure Barre class, grocery shop (multiple stores if needed).
A few weeks ago I shared my evening routine. I strayed from it over the holidays, but I'm finally getting back on track.
People often ask how life with three young kids is. I always say the hardest part is keeping up the home and maintaining order, both physical order and scheduling order. Babies turn into people with lives and dentist appointments and school applications. It's seriously like running a small business to meet all the needs of family life. Flying by the seat of my pants just doesn't work.
And so I streamline and make systems and build routines.
Thoughts? What systems do you have in place?