Tuesday, February 22, 2011
How do you do it? Is something pretty much no-one ever asks me. But I'm going to share anyway.
I am a systems junkie. I like things to work and be organised, and because I have some strange issue with time (as in, if I have to be somewhere at 3pm I worry about it from about 2pm and can't start anything that won't be finished in time... and yet we keep just making it to school on time in the morning!) I need to know how long things will take so I can best arrange my day.
It wasn't always this way, but the reality is as our family has grown so has the need for systems that work. Combine that with a supertrucker hubster who is away half the week or more and you can understand why I get a but thingy when I'm not on top of things.
So I have some systems that work really well. I make sandwiches and try to do the baking for school snacks at the end of the week or over the weekend. All the sandwiches are frozen and the snacks appropriately stored so when the kids get home of an afternoon I can repack their lunch bags, pop them in the fridge and not worry about them. I've challenged myself to no bought snack bars or similar this term, and so far am right on top of it.
Laundry is another system I'm usually on top of depending on the weather. I don't have a usable outside clothes line (ie its under a huge tree for reasons beyond me) so I wash of an evening and load up the clothes horses. I have a system within the system where all the clothes for individual people are hung together, so I can fold them and pop away right away once they're dry. The horses go outside in the morning and the clothes are usually dry and ready to put away by mid afternoon. Anyone who's known me a while will know I LOATHE and DETEST doing laundry, it is my most hated household chore. So I am actually quite proud to have a system that is going great guns for us. That said with the crazy weather we've been having of late, my marvellous Mum has been running the washing through her dryer for me which has been such a blessing. At least in Winter I can pop the horses over the floor ducted heating... the recent humidity has been terribly unhelpful!
I try to have dinner started by lunchtime, as afternoons and evenings here can be challenging especially when hubs is away. I like to be able to just spend time with the bigs after their school day so knowing what we're doing for dinner makes life lots easier. I'm a half hearted menu planner... I try to keep a running menu but inevitably I don't want what I'm meant to be making on any given day and it all falls by the wayside. Instead I have big cook up days so our freezer always has a few meals ready to go when the lazies strike.
I also buy a lot of things in bulk from Costco to save time and occasionally money. Even when it doesn't work out all that much cheaper, the convenience of not having to drag two small children out shopping more often than necessary makes it well worthwhile for me. Check out Bogue Living for a good cost/value analysis of Costco shopping.
And if all this sounds a bit rigorous and restrictive, it isn't. I'm a bit ace at multi-tasking in general, and by getting as much household stuff done as possible when the man is away I get to actually just have fun and enjoy our family time when he's at home.
So when do I blog/Facebook/tweet? Well I am breastfeeding two small people. If that isn't the best use of enforced sitting time I don't know what is.
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