Monday, August 08, 2011

an experiment in becoming more morning-efficient

This weekend we visited the Christian bookstore to get these:

IMG_7184

Which means we are entering homeschooling season in the next couple of weeks! And a new curriculum and a change in routine are coming right along with it.

I’ve decided I really need to work on becoming more scheduled and more disciplined with our daily routine this year. I’m thinking that one way I can improve my routine is by becoming more proactive with our everyday activities- especially morning ones.

Now I’m not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. My parents and my husband would vouch for that, I’m sure! :)  I’m more of the don’t talk to me, don’t ask me anything, in fact can you please leave me alone until I’ve had two cups of coffee type of person. {and can I say, coffee has been amazing for me- a lifesaver even! I just can’t believe it took me 27 years to like it!}

It’s really hard to be this type of non-morning person with four little kids waking you up every day telling you they are hungry and the littlest one needs a diaper change. :)

So in an effort to make my mornings go a little more smoothly, my experiment this week is to get as much prep work done for the next day as I can.  I’m not sure how much it will help, but hey, I figure it’s worth a shot! :)

Here’s what I’ve done for today:

1. Lunches are made and ready to go, packed in reusable bags and labeled in the fridge. We aren’t going anywhere, but I think not having to pull all the food out will make lunch cleanup a lot easier.

IMG_7175

2. Extra sandwiches are made for tomorrow night’s prep since all the ingredients were out. I figured out I can make 12 sandwiches from a loaf of bread and one package of turkey. That’s a pretty good deal for $4 total! The kids and the hubs eat from 7-9 per meal, so we go through a ton of bread around here! It’s like feeding an army! {which makes me so, so thankful for bakery outlets!!}

IMG_7174

3. Breakfast is started in the breadmaker, set on time delay so we can wake up first thing to warm bread with homemade jelly for breakfast.

IMG_7178

4. Eggs are boiling in the Egg-Genie to go with the bread and jelly in the morning.
  IMG_7177

5. Dinner’s pulled from the freezer, to start in the crock-pot first thing in the morning.  {I’m pulling out all of the kitchen appliances! :)}

IMG_7179

6. Clothes are out and ready for the children to wear. They like to put their clothes on first thing when they get up in the morning.
  IMG_7181

7. And most importantly- the coffeemaker is programmed and ready! And yes, it is really 11:27. I’m hoping my night prep will start a little earlier than this tomorrow. :)

IMG_7183

We’ll see how it goes!! I’m hoping a little extra preparation will make our daily routine easier as we try to get back into the homeschooling groove.

So how do you get ready for the next day? I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have for making mornings a little easier! :)
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...