Are you in a place where life feels chaotic? I’ve invited my friend Raki from Outside the Box Mom to share her top tips with us because she is a master at getting back on track when life gets derailed! Check them out and download the FREE planner she’s offering Proverbial Homemaker readers!
When life feels chaotic, all you need is a little planning.
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We all go through seasons when life feels like it’s too much. Too many personal commitments. Kids aren’t getting along. Life feels like it is one big glob of chaos. So what do you do? How do you pull yourself out of it?
There are five practical steps that you can take to turn the chaos in your life into order. This will immediately relieve stress, increase happiness, and give you hope that things can get better.
1. Meal Plan
They say that when your home life feels out of control there are only two things that are important. Feeding your family and having clean clothes.
If you use that as your starting point everything else can be added. In order to feed your family, you need to create a meal plan. This is simply planning out what you will have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
2. Grocery List
Once you have your meal planned you will need to make a grocery list and purchase any items that you don’t have. Track items as you run low. Don’t wait until you run out or you will pay full price for the items you need.
If you determine what makings of a meal you already have, you can finalize it into a plan of what you want to make for the week.
Once you make a list of any items you still need, pay attention to items on sale this week. Use coupons to stretch your grocery budget (visit sites that offer coupon matchups for your store by doing a Google search ( i.e. “Food Lion matchups” or “Food Lion deals”)). Organize the list in the same order as the aisles.
3. Laundry Schedule
Once your family is fed, everyone will need clean clothes to go to school and work. So you will need to set up a schedule for getting your laundry done.
Don’t feel like you need to do this all yourself. Require that your kids put their clothes and the dirty clothes hamper and bring those into the laundry room. Set up a simple laundry schedule where you will either do all laundry in one day from start to finish.
This includes stain removal, washing, drying, folding, and putting clothes away. Or, you could assign a load or a person to each day of the week and fully process that load in one day.
Keeping clothes clean can be a little like managing Mount Laundry, especially for the large family mom! Check out Tauna’s Large Family Laundry System (and how kids can do laundry).
Now that your family has been fed and everyone has clean clothes to wear, it’s time to figure out the other things that need to be done on a daily and weekly basis to keep your life running smoothly.
Daily tasks should be split into sections: the night before, in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. Weekly tasks should include cleaning, family time, preparing for the week ahead, mom time, special time with the hubby, etc.
To make these tasks and processes easier, you should make them part of your routines. Routines are the simple processes we subconsciously follow each day.
It only takes a few minutes to create a productive, efficient, and helpful daily routine to get you through the day. Don’t let the day happen to you. Take charge of your day!
If you wish you could get your life organized… Feed your family. Clean your house. Work on a project. Make time for yourself. Spend time with your family. Manage your family’s budget.
You need a plan to pull it all together. The FREE 55-page planning kit includes:
Daily Task List
Weekly Task List
To Do List
Daily Cleaning Checklist
Weekly Cleaning Checklist
Monthly Cleaning Checklist
How to Create a Meal Plan in 10 Minutes
Grocery Shopping List
Weekly Menu Plan
30 Day Meal Plan
Are you ready to take control of your life?
If you’re ready to get organized, reduce stress, and make it easy on your family to pitch in, grab the free Organize My Life Planning Kit and get started now!
When chaos becomes your normal, wrench back control will this simple process. Once you’ve created a solid foundation that includes … getting it all done will become second nature. As life happens, chaos will sneak back in over time. So, the next time you feel your life getting out of control, revisit this post to get back on track.
Raki Wright is a wife, mom of two, coffee drinker, list maker. She puts her UNC Tarheels’ degree in Communication Studies to use at an advertising agency and her hands-on experience as a working mom to use on her blog Outside the Box Mom.