I make sandwiches for school lunches on Sunday for the week (usually only 2 or 3 days--the other days she has macaroni and cheese or chicken nuggets or buttered noodles in a Funtainer). I try to buy birthday gifts within a day or two of receiving the invitation. If at all possible, I stock up on sale presents when I stumble upon them.
I plan out our supper menus 3 weeks at a time. When I buy hamburger, my husband will brown it and freeze it for me to eliminate a step for some recipes.
But one of the most time-consuming tasks is always the laundry. We never can catch up completely since we're always wearing clothes (you're welcome). But there are still things that I have done to try to make things a little easier.
First, I sort my laundry as it is dirtied. I bought 4 nylon hampers at IKEA that I use to sort laundry. There is one each for reds, lights, darks and one for towels, socks and undergarments. These were $4 each and worth every cent. I know at a glance that I need to wash whites or towels or whatever. I also know that each bin, if filled to the top is at least 2 loads of laundry. When every bin is full I have a lot of laundry to do.
To ease the morning rush, I've bought hanging closet shelves so that I can pick out the kids' clothes for the entire week while I have time on the weekend. Of course this works best if your kids are
I store skirts and shorts on the upper "extra" shelves of Miss M's organizer.
K's closet is shorter than a regular closet so his organizer was a challenge to find. It's a cheap, flimsy one and I hope to find a nicer one for him soon. The bottom shelf of his holds out of season shorts.And since Ms. D rooms with us, her organizer is crammed between Craig's and my clothes. It only has room for 6 days (as K's does) but I just pick out their Sunday clothes on Saturday.And as I post these photos I see how messy our closets really are, but well, that's the way it goes isn't it?
What short cuts have you discovered to make life easier?