I had plans to start this school year off more organized and prepared than I had in years past.
Then my husband got hurt, plans got completely derailed, and now we are 35 hours from our first day of school and I am nowhere near ready. Or prepared.
I cannot afford to be disorganized this year.
And I don’t mean that figuratively. I literally cannot afford it. Every minute counts, especially considering our situation.
I do not have time to waste looking for socks or searching for papers or trying to locate a brush or realizing 5 minutes before the bus comes that we have no idea where the hell a shoe is.
And I am so stressed out now, forget that I can’t afford to waste time. My brain just cannot handle that stress.
This is the school year that I have to have order.
I just have to.
Of course, my whole house right now is a mess.
My kitchen is a mess.
My cabinets are a mess.
My dining room table is a mess.
My refrigerators are a mess.
My mudroom is a mess.
And I know it’s not as bad as it could be.
But I can’t handle chaos right now. I need everything to be able to be located quickly and easily. For me and for the kids.
Especially if I want to continue to stay in the yell-free zone with them. Which I do.
Part of my problem is that I don’t have systems or routines that are organized enough or in some cases, at all.
And part of the reason why I don’t have some areas organized or a system in place is that if I can’t do it perfectly, then I don’t do it at all.
Or if I can’t have it all set up before the school year starts, then I just say fuck it, and decide I’ll start next year.
But who knows what the hell is going to happen next summer.
In a perfect world, I would have gotten all this stuff set up this past week.
But my world just isn’t perfect right now, and I need to get some shit in order.
Especially since I’m on my own for the next couple months.
I’m now the head developmental coach for the swim team.
That’s great for us, because we need the money desperately.
But I wasn’t planning on my husband being out of commission for the next couple months.
And as soon as the kids get home from school, I’m going to have to load them in the car and take them all to practice with me. And then once we get home, it will pretty much be dinner and straight to bed.
I know I’m not the only person in the world who has afternoons and nights like this. But I wasn’t really prepared for it. And I just need to have some order.
I really, REALLY don’t want to be running around like a lunatic from the minute the kids get home from school all the way until bedtime. It’s tiring enough. I don’t want to make things more difficult or challenging for myself.
And you know what they say…
When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
I am not going to fucking fail.
So I’m going to start small, and take care of stuff gradually.
I know what I need to get organized in order for the mornings and the evenings to run smoothly.
Lunch stuff needs to be organized.
Clothes, shoes, and before too long, jackets need to be organized.
Papers need to be organized.
Swim stuff needs to be organized.
Dinner needs to be organized.
I need to get systems into place. I had them in place when I was a teacher. I’m not sure why I don’t have them in place now.
Luckily, the kids have been making their own lunches for a couple years now.
But when the supplies, water bottles, snacks etc. aren’t easily accessible, it can make it chaotic.
So today I started there.
With the refrigerator and pantry.
I didn’t try to tackle everything at once. I didn’t overhaul and clean out the entire fridge or the pantry shelves.
Just what was absolutely necessary for right now.
I went to Costco earlier this afternoon and made sure I had food for lunches, and I went to the dollar store and got some baskets and containers.
I cleared off two shelves in the fridge and one in the pantry.
And I made space for some baskets.
That was about it for today.
Tomorrow the kids will help me fill them up, and then they will also know what their options for lunch are.
And then, we’ll tackle the next thing that needs to get done in order for the first day to have some semblance of order.
I’ll fill you in on that one tomorrow.
If you are over having your mornings (and evenings) being chaotic and rushed from September to June, you can join me.
Step by step, we can get our asses organized together.
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