I am a lover of lists. And spreadsheets. And space-saving storage solutions.
I like things organised.
Things have felt a little hectic and chaotic lately. Cleaning has been neglected. Meal plans have been non-existent. We’re running out of food towards the end of the week as a result. Our routine keeps changing.
Kids need a stable routine.
Anxious mummies need a stable routine.
When we’re all getting antsy at the same time it does not make for a good household atmosphere.
So the past few days I’ve been getting back to my lists and spreadsheets.
I’ve written a list of all the dinners we eat in such a way that if we choose one thing from each row we’ve got a full month’s meal plan with plenty of variety.
No more “what do you want for dinner?” “Don’t know, what have we got?” “No idea.”
No more shopping list fails. We’ll have enough food to get us through the week.
It’s going to take so much stress out of our lives. (Hopefully).
I’ve also been planning educational activities and games to play with the kids. And working out a toy rotation.
No more stagnating about the house.
I’ve also been (gradually) deep cleaning everything. And decluttering (again).
It’s awful how gross things have gotten around here. And how quickly the clutter builds up.
I feel like there is always something that needs to be done but there isn’t time. Maybe that’s just home ownership mashed up with parenting.
I struggle to get out when there’s things to be done in the house, so getting back to a routine where things get done will hopefully help with that too.
We went to the aquarium on Father’s Day and it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. Now that the twins are a little older it’s getting easier.
I think the hardest baby days are past.