In my last post I shared some ideas for using 15 minutes of time effectively. Spend the last 15-20 minutes of the day straightening up the house. Picking up toys and putting things away makes it much easier when you get up in the morning. Teach family members to lay out clothes they’re going to wear the next day and make certain shoes are by everyone’s beds at night. One night there was an explosion a couple of blocks from our house. We woke the children up, not knowing if we were going to have to leave the area. The flames looked like they were headed right for our house. I remember our youngest running around the house saying he couldn’t find his shoes. It was a good lesson to always have a pair of shoes, even slippers by your bed at night.
Laying out clothes the night before always puts you ahead of the game in the morning. You’ll know if any clothes need to be washed or pressed for the next day. It only takes a few minutes but can give you a real advantage in the morning.
When you’re cleaning up after dinner, do something to put you ahead of the game for the next day. For instance, make a batch of Jello for a meal the next day or hard boil eggs that could be used for sandwiches or salads. Wash up all the dishes you used before you leave the kitchen. Thinking ahead to meals for the next day and taking action will always put you ahead of the game and eliminate additional dishes the next day. They will already be cleaned up!
Set the table for dinner as soon as lunch is cleaned up. Your family will think dinner is in the works (even if you haven’t started it yet) and it puts you ahead of the game for dinner.
Stress is usually caused by unorganization so take action to have more control of your life.