I am excited to kick off a regular series on the blog called Mid-Week Three. Each week, I will highlight three practical steps that have and continue to help me as a woman, wife, mother, and friend. My hope is that you would join in the conversation to share what works for you as well, so that we can learn from one another.
This week, we are going to talk about what helps me, as a mom of three boys 12 and under, stay organized during the school week. After several trials and errors, here are three ways that we stay organized during the school week.
1. Hold weekly family meetings
Each Sunday, we hold a weekly family meeting. During our family meeting, we discuss upcoming events, goals for the week, chore assignments, and successes from the previous week. Now that our children are older, they are responsible for adding their important dates to the calendar during the family meeting. We also use this time to address what help we need and how we can help others.
2. Choose and iron clothes for the entire week
As a mom, I really try not to start the day fussing with my kids or rushing to make it to school. Having the fellas choose and iron their clothes for the week, over the weekend, saves plenty of time during the morning school routine. We don’t go through the morning battles of, “I don’t have anything clean” or “I don’t have anything to wear.” Just one change helps to make the morning run better.
3. Meal prep
During the weekend, I sit down to plan out our weekly dinner schedule. This helps me to create healthy meals for my family while avoiding the dreaded “What are we going to do for dinner?” question. Each week one of our sons is able to choose one meal that we will eat for dinner and then help cook that meal. Meal prepping saves me time (especially my crockpot meals). With the boys more involved in activities, it is important we are able to have family dinner and eat healthy meals. Meal prepping helps me to be able to do all of that for our family.
These are just three steps we do in our family. I would love to know what works for you and your family. Drop a comment below to share your tips for staying organized during the school week.