Man, the weekends don’t ever seem long enough, it feels like Friday just ended and we are probably asking ourselves can we just hit the reset button please? I know, we all dread Monday mornings, but whether we like it or not Monday will come, and it’s nothing worse than a hectic Monday morning, especially with kids. Imagine running around the house finding the other pink sock for Lyric to put on, Skylar rummaging through her room looking for her library book that’s due at school, trying to pack lunches only to realize there is no more cheese for the sandwiches all while trying to be out the house no later than 7 a.m.. It’s a disaster! Who wants to deal with all of that craziness on a Monday morning? Girl, not me! The only way I avoid all this craziness is if I prep on Sundays. Without prepping I am basically setting myself up for failure!
I know, I know, spending the last day of your weekend preparing for the week to come doesn’t sound enjoyable, but believe with a few adjustments, your Monday’s will be a breeze and may actually become one your favorite days of the week instead of it the worst. My lists of things are long, but definitely make a difference in our household.
I go through my refrigerator and shells to see what meals I can prepare for the week. I have absolutely fallen in love with grocery delivery/pick up services! It has become a complete lifesaver. I don’t know about you but I always hated lugging the kids to the grocery store, because I would 1. Either leaves with a headache from arguing with the kids about which cereal or fruit snacks we were getting this week or 2. Overspend because of instead of arguing let both kids get the flavor cereal or fruit snacks they wanted. With the online app, it is so easy to order the items that you need. And since I shop frequently, the app knows which items are my favorite and will usually ask me if I would like to add them without having to browse for them on the site. Once my shopping is complete I have the option to either pick them up for free of have them delivered later that day for a small nominal fee. Either way my shopping is done for the week and I don’t have to worry about running back and forth to the store
At first glance meal prepping may seem overwhelming but once you get the hang of it, its pretty simple. I have to prepare meals in which ingredients can overlap. After cooking, I portion out the food in plastic container, and WHALA, food is ready for the week and easily grab-able from the fridge on the way out the door.
PICK OUT CLOTHES
Picking out outfits has not only been a lifesaver for me but also for my kids. After washing clothes I separate them into outfits. I include everything for one outfit, underclothes, shirt, tops, and whatever else would need to be put on. My kids’ bed has a drawer underneath that I put all of the clothes. It has helped a ton; especially those days when we are running late, the kids hop up, wash face and brush teeth, open the drawer and pull out their clothes for the day.
With a busy week, it can be easy to forget things. In order to keep clear communication on events during the week, we like to jot them down on the calendar.
CLEAN OUT BOOK BAGS / WORK BAG
I don’t know about you but by the end of the week my kid’s book bags are a mess! Random papers, snack wrappers, abundant amount of pens and pencils that they cant ever seem to find. Why take all of that into the new week? Through it out and start fresh.
I know this may seem odd, but yes get gas before the week starts. You don’t know how many times I’ve said, “oo I will get gas tomorrow morning on my way to work.” HA GIRL FAILURE! When I usually wait till the morning of, it happens to be the craziest morning and we are usually running late, so I am a firm believer at getting it beforehand.
Believe me, Monday mornings are never really exciting, but at least with prepping it wont be hectic!
Happy prepping day girl,
– XOXO Kahla Jas.