School starts one week from today. I know many moms are ecstatic for school to start. Some are even jealous of ME that school starts on Monday but they are missing a very important point. School starting for ME means much more work. It means another full time job gets added to my life, not more free hours. This week is going to be full of crazy planning and prepping.
This marks year number 6 in our school at home life. I have been through this drill enough to know that September is one crazy month – mark that INSANE. Even more insane is that I am adding child number 3. I’m not losing anything off my crazy schedule. Rather I am just adding those hours. Between 3 kids we have 15 hours of school to complete in a day. Do the math! Blogging, keeping my own house, cleaning other homes, making 3 meals a day, teaching a co-op in September – 2 hours a week – means there are nowhere near enough hours in my day. It’s a wonder my hair isn’t gray just thinking about it. Prepping is a lifesaver for me and in reality will make any family’s life easier no matter what school method you use.
Here are the tips I utilize to stock those school supplies without totally breaking the bank –
Here’s how I get breakfast on the table in short order –
Dinner got you rushed? My slow cooker and menu planning rescue me –
Our favorite meals –
Routines and schedules – can’t live without my planner and a plan.
I build a house cleaning routine and (plan to) stick to it. If I don’t it gets out of control.
Get the yucky stuff done FIRST or nothing seems to get done.
My friend Barb over at A Life in Balance is an awesome planner and she has a great post on being organized –
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Thanks for stopping by and let me know how you prep for back to school. What do you dread the most?
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