- On November 2, 2015
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- Cooking, Habits, Homeschooling, Personal Life Hacks, PlanToEat.com, SAHM
A few weeks ago, I wrote:
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….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.
So, how’s it going?
1. I have been better about going to bed with the kitchen clean. Not perfect, and what I’ve noticed about the days when I do wake up to a dishwasher that needs unloading and possibly some dishes that need washing is that my attitude is the biggest help or hindrance. When I think, “Well, whatever,” and just quickly do the work, not giving myself any martyr points for the day, it’s not that big of the deal. This would probably not be the case if we were taking about generalized filth on every surface or clutter city in every room.
2. Hubs cannot handle making me eggs. He just thinks warmed up eggs are gross, therefore I will think they are gross. I have decided to buy a second non-stick frying pan so that I can at least feed myself before I have to clean the pans. And it isn’t extra cleaning work, since our current system involves me cleaning his pan, using it, and then cleaning it again. (I don’t mind doing this for him, as his schedule is a nightmare and he never complains about how much he does for me.)
3. Victory! I have been a champion about the meal planning and it is the biggest help. I have been reinvigorated in my use of PlanToEat.com, and it’s had some bonuses I wasn’t expecting.
- It frees up mental energy. I think about “What’s for Dinner?” for far less time overall, and that’s a very good thing.
- It helps me try new recipes, which keeps me from being bored with life/food. I eat more food and fewer snacks.
- It also helps me because I am able to look at the schedule and realize when I need to block off time to cook/prep. If it is a slow-cooker meal, that works on some days but not others. I am feeding us in a way that is awesome, but no longer disruptive to the schedule or a source of background stress all through the day.
4. Haha, this “waking up early and being badass” has not happened. However, I am doing a Consecration to Mary, and that is helping a lot with having a sense of peace in my day, and I am using the evenings to escape from the piglets and workout, which helps me feel better physically and mentally. Adam may have felt that it was not good for man to be alone, but I believe it is not good for woman to never be alone.
Next on my list of habits to hack is to tackle the way we forget to prep for piano and the co-op’s memory work, until the very last second (when it’s sorta too late).
Right now my plan involves taking my weekly checklist and changing it to a combination of weekly/daily. I want to make a daily part where the things that need to happen every day are placed, and the kids get to check those things off. The weekly things I probably need to recognize are most likely to happen W-F, when we are actually home, so I will make it clear that on those three days, the kids have to do that work. And by kids, I mean mostly me, since none of them are independent readers.