- On October 12, 2015
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- Homeschooling, Personal Life Hacks, SAHM
Welcome to the first installment in a series on how we are hacking our bad habits so we can have a better homeschool/home/life. Some people do home renovations; we don’t have any of those right now, so we’re doing a life renovation.
Many, many mornings, I go into the kitchen and by the end of breakfast, there is a catastrophic mess to clean up before I even start the day. Since we usually run the dishwasher after dinner, and don’t unload at night, I have to unload the dishes into a dirty kitchen, the load the dishwasher, then put away food and wipe down surfaces. Somehow this takes approximately 1.5 hours. Probably because I am simultaneously washing hands and faces, changing diapers and clothes, wiping up spills, and possibly sliding out of jammies into clothes myself, but it feels like “cleaning the kitchen” takes 1.5 hours. Or longer.
Then the kids want morning snack. By the time I’m done dealing with that, it’s time to start making lunch. Because again, I am simultaneously running the rest of the household, playing referee, and possibly fielding 25 questions about why it is getting colder, but some days are actually warmer.
This sort of morning means that getting school done is either a heroic feat, or one that doesn’t happen at all. I tend to be better at getting chores done while letting the kids run around playing than I am at doing school in a pigsty. But school is important and I can’t make every day, “Mommy’s cleaning and drinking, so go play” day. That’s just for Fridays.
The solutions, that I will be trying over the next week before reporting back?
1. The kitchen is clean when I go to bed. Snacks can happen on paper towels or those dishes can be handwashed.
2. If Hubs is going to make himself eggs and leave me a dirty frying pan, he is going to make me eggs so I don’t have to make myself breakfast. I do better with the kids when I’m not so hungry I could eat them.
3. I am going to have a meal plan in place for the week, including breakfasts and lunches. Breakfast is kind of expensive around here, with the amount of Greek yogurt we go through. Maybe if I have a plan in place that includes the far cheaper option of oatmeal, we will sometimes do that. Knowing what’s on the menu for lunch will help me balance the desperate cries for morning snack.
4. I am going to get up a bit earlier so that I can pray, do 10 minutes of Pilates, and take a shower before the kiddos want me. My guess is that if I’m up before them, I may be able to outsmart them.
“You’d have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me.”
-My maternal grandmother to her kids, for years
So, I will keep notes for the next week and see: what happens when I attempt to start the day off on the right foot? Is the whole day better? Or does the madness merely reallocate to a later part of the day?
Question for you: Is there one habit that may be standing between you and a happier day? What is it? Do you want to try and tackle it with me this week?