A new year is typically a time for resolutions. My friend Suzie instead chooses a word to focus on for the year. This year her word was "nest". This year I have chosen my own word. I haven't yet written about it, waiting to see how things would work out. I am now happy to present my word for 2010, "simple".
Simple. Everything my life is not. I am tired of the constant chaos. Scrambling to find school forms in the morning. Trying to figure out what to make for dinner as I am running out the door from work. My cluttered, messy house. Taking on too many commitments at the kids' school.
I need to make things simple (relatively speaking). The first thing I have decided to tackle is dinner time. Last year we made Monday night pasta night. That is always our busiest day at work, and it was helpful to always know what dinner was. Pasta is easy because we always have it in the house, so no need to plan ahead. The kids like pasta, so no whining kids, another plus. This year we have continued pasta on Mondays, and added Tuesday and Wednesday. I chose meals whose ingredients I always have in the house, and can be made relatively quick. Tuesday is now soup and sandwich night (and in the summer we will make it salad night). Wednesday has been a work in progress. I initially was going to go with a "crock pot" night, but had difficulty finding enough vegetarian recipes that weren't soup recipes. So I went with "casserole night", where I will alternate between my hamburger pie casserole (made with fake hamburger, of course.) and my enchilada casserole. Thursday nights are easy since I don't work on Thursdays, and Fridays are easy because Pete is off that day and he makes dinner. So far it is working out great. The other change that has made are week nights smoother, is that the boys all have a job setting part of the table, and they have it done before we get home. Success!
I am slowly working on cleaning out drawers and cupboards. The less unnecessary stuff I have, the easier it will be to keep things cleaned up.
I am also working on not taking on to many things from school. Instead of signing up to bring something complicated that requires a lot of prep work, I am choosing easy things, like the cups.
Any suggestions on how to get my boys to keep the toy room picked up, besides throwing away all of their toys?