I normally only work 18 hours a week made up of two half days and one full day. Over the coming weeks I am taking on some extra hours and for the next two weeks at least I will be working 38 hours. After that I know I will have extra hours but I’m not sure of how many exactly. Mr B, who is a truck driver, will also be away from Sunday night until Friday night, so all the responsibility for the kids falls on me as well. I am used to this side of things as he has always spent part of his working week away, ever since we first started going out.
So, I wanted to make sure that I was organised for the coming week so as I didn’t feel stressed during the week. Whether you work full time, part time or are a stay at home mum it pays to be organised. So here are my top tips for getting yourself and your household organised when you know you are going to have a busy week.
1. WASHING AND IRONING
If you know you are coming into a busy time at work try and catch up on the washing. There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day at work and finding you still have a pile of washing to do. Of course this is sometimes unavoidable, especially if you still have younger children. Fold and put away everything as it dries. If you have to iron work clothes and school uniforms try watching a movie at the same time. I will need to do a load of washing mid-week as I don’t have enough uniforms (school or work) for a full week, but this will be manageable as I finish early on Wednesday.
Get in and get that housework done. Vacuum and mop and at the very least clean the toilets and hand basins. If your house is reasonably clean at the start of the week it should survive the rest of the week without you needing to do much.
3. MEAL PLANNING
When you’re busy a meal plan is essential. I try and do a meal plan every week, but I don’t mind if I don’t stick to it, however this week I will be looking for quick easy meals that I can throw together when I get home or that the kids can help me with. Having a meal plan done prior to doing your grocery shop will ensure that you have all the right ingredients on hand and will save the mad after work dash to the supermarket.
If you take lunch to work or have to prepare school lunches that can take up a lot of extra time in the mornings when you are trying to get out the door. Some people make their sandwiches the night before but I hate sandwiches that have been in the fridge so I try and have everything else ready to go and then make the sandwiches in the morning. I have also done some cooking over the last few days and have Tuna Mornay and ham and cheese muffins frozen and ready to go in lunch boxes. I also still have a few pieces of Zucchini Slice from last week in the freezer.
5. SCHOOL NOTES
There always seems to be notes or permission slips from the school that need dealing with. This week it is school photos so I have made sure that I have paid on line and filled in the details on the envelopes ready to go.
6. SCHEDULE BILL PAYMENTS
Take the time to check what bills are due during the week and if possible schedule the payments to be made automatically or set a reminder on your phone so as you remember to do it when you get home.
7. FILL THE CAR UP
It’s a good idea to fill the car up at the start of the week that way you know it has enough petrol in it to last you the entire week.