If you read my blog post last week then you saw that we are kicking butt at being parents of three… Okay, so you actually saw, that I admitted to how much harder three is. But one thing I noticed was that some of what was ‘hard’ was that we weren’t organized. That we no longer could divide and conquer to tackle the chaotic times, that would have benefited from these simple changes well before Walker. So I am going to tell you what we have done to cut down on SOME of the chaos in our lives.
- Cut down on small jobs for later. I created a list of things that I knew would benefit us to have complete on Sundays before the busyness of the week started, and laminated it so that we could tackle it every Sunday. Some of these things are small things (like filling the formula container), but if you can think of things that you HAVE to do every week, cutting out those little 5 min jobs by tackling them on Sundays really helps. The list is hanging and ready for Sam and I to do when either one has time on Sunday.
- Get organized for the week. Sunday nights I gather clothes for all three kids for the full week. I bring the clothes to a hanging organizer (like this one) and put them in a bin for each day of the week. Picking out three outfits each morning is chaotic for us. Especially because of how we logistically work our mornings, so this has been the biggest help for us! I also make sure I have looked at the weather and have hats/coats/gloves, or anything else needed downstairs and ready on Sunday night.
- Bags are packed. Sunday nights my diaper bag is always loaded up for the week. (ever been caught out without a diaper or wipes?…I am here to tell you that it’s the worst lol). We also make the kids lunches and get their bags packed for school on Sunday nights, as well as the night before on any other day they need lunches or items for school. Mornings are much more stressful for us, with three kids running around, so doing those little things when no one is awake is MUCH easier.
- Wake up early. Sam and I have started to wake up earlier. Much earlier, and let me tell you, less sleep also means starting our day in a much more peaceful day. This step has some issues at times because of Walker’s age, but for the most part has gone well, and gives me time to myself, and Sam time to knock his workout out before his day starts. (I need at least 2 cups of coffee before that’s happening for me).
- Meal plan. enough said. This saves so much chaos during the week
- Cleaning lists. We host a weekly bible study, so that means that every Wednesday my house needs to be clean. It became apparent that have a laminated, set list of things that needed to be completed between Tuesday night and Wed afternoon would make for much happier weeks for us. (a side note – as a wife, I don’t like to ask Sam to do things. But he is also not a mind reader. Him having a readily available list that he knows will need to happen weekly takes out the frustration from both parties!). I also have a monthly cleaning list that is to happen around the first of the month that is laminated. These three lists have been great for all of us. The printable’s will be below to hopefully help you!
- Keep a family calendar. We are getting better at this, and working on a better command center, but write things on a calendar. It will help you as a parent, as well as you and your spouse to not forget things or have surprise events come up.
I would love to hear what you do to cut down on chaos. Drop me a comment!!