The week for us starts off by picking out outfits. This works for schools with and without uniforms. It started because big brother always got up before little brother. It’s hard to pick out an outfit with the lights off, but even on the days they woke up together it was a battle of what’s appropriate and not. (note: it’s not appropriate to wear dress pants, a button up shirt, seer sucker jacket, and tie on a heat advisory day. Kid’s got style!) It soon became habit and saved so much time and stress.
On Sunday as you sort through the clean clothes, set out 5 shirts, 5 bottoms, underwear, and socks. Pair them up and lay them out according to the days of the week. I just stack them on his dresser in M-F order, but I’m loving the brightly colored toy storage bin below for organizing the school weeks outfits. I order them according to the specials for the week because jeans on a PE day in summer is no fun. Notice how we save even more time by not having to put away extra laundry. 😉
Next up on Sundays I take time to prep snacks, lunches, and as much as I can for dinners for the week. During the summer my husband is home, so on the days I have a loaded work day he steps in and makes dinner. During the school year a busy unplanned weekday might mean cereal for dinner or another night eating out.
Each week I organize out 5 days of snacks. Making sure to pack another one for after school. He’s usually ravished by the time dad and him head home.
I love using plastic containers to prep snacks and lunches. It makes it easy for seeing the contents, stacking for storage, and keeps food safe and intact in the pile of school lunch boxes. My favorite are the simple take and toss containers. They hold up really well, are cost effective, and even better super easy for kids to open and close.
I love myself a good calendar and organizational strategy. To keep things running smoothly I use a calendar to mark important dates and keep track of the weekly menu. It’s right on the fridge, so I can check for any special events and appointments each day. It’s also a great reminder to set out anything I might need for dinner that night. Getting the crock pot ready or defrosting a freezer meal for example. The Food Saver is perfect for dinner prep too.
I also keep a magnetic clip right next to the calendar with any important papers or reminders. The specials calendar stayed up there all last year and made picking out outfits so much easier.
Lastly, I like to have a designated spot for his backpack and jackets. Right now it’s a spot by the kitchen table, but I’d love to have the room to put a shelf with hooks. This avoids running out the door without the backpack, or spending 10 minutes hunting it down in the most random of places.
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