For the first time since having David, I don’t need any childcare for the kids! They are both in preschool at the same exact time during the week, which means my work hours will be in that window of time. I’m sure there will be an adjustment period for all of us during this season, but I’m so grateful to have found a school that I know the boys will be safe in and have fun at!
Going back to school doesn’t really cause a huge schedule disruption like it would for older kids, but there are some simple ways to make the process smoother and more enjoyable!
Here are 3 ways to simplify back to school:
ONE. Getting more Amazon Dash buttons. I love those little buttons so much! You can read all about them in the blog post that I linked to, but I can assure you that after months of consistent use, they are totally worth it
TWO. Trying out a meal delivery service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. Not only do I find these very fun, but it takes some thinking off your plate which is ALWAYS a welcomed notion in my book. While I’ve tried both of these services a handful of times each, I can’t justify being a regular subscriber. It averages out to be about $11/meal, and our weeks are so irregular that I think I would find myself pushing off deliveries more often than not!
THREE. Putting into practice the method of “helping tomorrow you out”. My friend Allyson shared this thought with me years and years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. She was explaining that her friend does this in order to set herself up for success the next day. So the day or night before, take stock of what you could do RIGHT in that minute, or at the very least before you go to bed, in order to help yourself out for the next day. Prepare lunch, pour milk or juice cups, throw a snack in your purse. LOCATE all the shoes that need to go onto feet the next day, and perhaps start a load of laundry. Anything you can do to help “tomorrow you” out will surely make you feel like you’ve tackled the day with a bit more readiness.
Are there any routines you set into place in the fall that help simplify your life? Share them in the comments below!
And since we’re talking back-to-school, here are some of my favorite backpacks – for grown-ups!