So, in the last year, we listed and sold our house (when our daughter was 4 mos old and our son was 4), bought a house that needed a complete renovation, moved in with my parents, gutted our new house (in 6 wks did a new kitchen, 3 new bathrooms, new floors…etc.) and then moved in. It’s been quite the year. Then throw in some scary health stuff, that thankfully resolved itself, and I’m happy 2011 is gone.
I’ve put my writing back as priority Number 1 career-wise. My only problem? Everything else is caving down around me.
Here’s the problem: We also have our own business, and I’m a big part of it=significant chunk of my time gone. Son is gone to school during the day-unless he’s caught the latest plague from school. DD is 15 months old, and with me all day. So, that leaves nap-time to oh, cram in a thousand things into a 2-hour time-slot.
Eating wholesome food is a real priority for us. No processed foods, take-out, all that is avoided as much as possible. So by the time I cook dinner from scratch, clean, blah blah blah, all the other usual boring stuff there is very little time left-as I’m sure you can all relate.
So I’ve come up with a few things to take some of the pressure off:
1) Have freezer-food night 1x/wk. A girlfriend of mine and I do a “Cook-a-thon” once a year in the fall and basically make a bunch of homemade pizza and Bolognese sauce and pack it up in the freezer for winter. This has been a life-saver for me. I’ve also started doubling up a lot of dinners and freezing them so I can add to my stash.
2) 1x/wk, throw myself and my children upon my parents and demand they feed us. This works. Grandparents can’t refuse darling, hungry grandchildren.
3) Saturday Nights-Whole Foods Night Takeout. OMG, I love this store. This is my favourite store in the whole world, and if it didn’t cost a BAZILLION dollars to do my groceries there, I would do them all there, every week. So, I only do their takeout once a week and it’s great.
4) Take any help anyone is willing to offer. My parents mean well and try to help, but they are aging and have their own health issues to deal with, and more often than not I get involved in their issues to try and help them out. So, whenever they offer to help with the kids, I take it. Even if it’s last minute (my parents have somehow managed to get through life without any sort of advanced scheduling).
5)Mess? What mess? Let some areas of the house go. Yes, my mother would gasp, but it has to be done. If you live in something larger than a shoebox, have kids and a bunch of other stuff going on, this is the only way.
6) Don’t iron. Seriously. I don’t believe in it, never have. lol.
7) Coffee. The picture says it all.
Alright, that’s all I got. I should get back to writing. If anyone has any other good time-saver tips, I’d love to hear them!