I wanted to tell you how I went about getting it all together. Well, let me first give you "the checklist." This is the list that got me started.
- get together a 90 day menu plan with grocery lists to go with each week
- Weed out the clutter! Garage Sale, D.I., Savers
- Everything kept is neatly organized and can be found quickly
- Get together a weekly schedule with time carved out for blogging, housework, play dates, park time, library time, and other activities we've been wanting to try but never got around to.
- For Stay at Home Days, we've got a routine that the kids can rely on. It includes stuff like art time, outside time, story time and bath time.
- Put together all activities, quiet books, busy bags. Things that can be done while I am getting dinner ready or need a few minutes of kid-free time.
- get our budget down to a science.
- Update our wills, life insurance, and retirement planning.
- never again miss an appointment or birthday.
- If something does somehow sneak by, have a birthday closet with pre-bought gifts and cards - thanks to the new budget and organization I now have the space and money for it.
- Start exercising regularly (part of the new weekly schedule).
- go through all of my digital photos, edited them, imported them to yearly photobooks and backed them all up online.
- catch up on my personal blog and regularly contribute to it.
- have a set-in-stone date night that we never miss.
- have family night
Which brings me to:
STEP #1: Prioritizing Our Needs
I sat down next to my toddler, took a scrap piece of paper and crayon from her and wrote down these things:
- Library Day
- Swim Day
- Craft Day
- Music Day
- Field Trip Day
- Calendar Time
- Snack Time
- Nap Time
- Reading Time
- Grocery Shopping
- Pay Bills