It’s that time of year again! With students heading back to school, homework, extra curriculars, lunches and exams are in your future, making your schedule, home and life feel like one big chaotic mess! In order to keep things running smoothly, here are 3 simple tips to help you stay organized:
According to Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.”
In order to minimize anxiety and stress, spend 5 to 15 minutes a day targeting problem areas within your home. Doing so will help you stop the clutter before it starts, preventing junk from piling to overwhelming proportions. If space is an issue, consider renting a storage unit for larger, seasonal items, providing you more room for the items you need on a daily basis.
In Let’s Stop Idealizing The Home Cooked Family Dinner, families admit to feeling overwhelmed making a home cooked meal every night, regardless if they were working or home. While parents understood the benefits of providing their families fresh meals, time constraints and young children needing attention made them feel as if they weren’t up to the task.
One way to provide home cooked meals for your family is by drafting out your meals in advance each week, using a slow cooker to set your meals and forget them. The result? Fresh, healthy food waiting for you and your family at the end of a long day, with minimal prep and stress!
Create a point system within your home, giving each of your children a point for helping take on specific chores around the house. Once they receive a certain number of points collectively, celebrate as a family by going to a movie or heading out for ice cream. What better way to teach your family that many hands make light work (simultaneously lightening the load for yourself)!
“It’s one of my favorite seasons of the year: Back to School. As a kid, I loved fresh school supplies, new outfits, the change of seasons, and the chance to crack open a new textbook.” -Dana Perino
Through planning, prepping and decluttering, you’re certain to make your home run smoothly this school year and beyond, giving you the chance to enjoy this back to school season, rather than worry about it!
To a happy and healthy school year!