As my children get older I seem to have less and less time during the week to get things done. Slowly I have been adding things to my weekend that help to make the rest of the week go just a little smoother. Here are some things I found that really help my family out.
1.Make meat ahead! On Saturday I always start 5 pounds of Chicken breast in the crock pot. This amount of meat will really last us several weeks but a large package of fresh chicken breast is so much cheaper. After it has cooled I divide into packages that meet our serving size needs. This can also be done with ground beef for items like tacos and spaghetti! Cooking 5 pounds on the weekend will save you up to an hour a week!
2.Prepare Smoothie Bags so you are ready for the week. I love Making smoothies in the morning...problem is I often don't have time. One Sunday I always gather all my fruits and divide them into serving size bags so they can just be dumped in the blender and they are ready to go. I include not only tons of fresh and frozen fruits but Pre-Frozen Yogurt cubes to give me a well rounded breakfast. This can add another hour to my week :O)
3.Pre-Make Lunches for the week. If you children like to bring a lunch to school take a few minutes on the weekend to make sandwiches ahead. They will stay fresh in the fridge and ready to go. Also place fruits and other snacks in individual bags so they can just be grabbed and tossed into a sack to go. With the stresses in the morning and having 3 children this can really be a time saver!
4.Pre-make where you can! So many things that we enjoy through out the week can be made ahead of time. If your family enjoys eating a lot of rice throughout the week, pre-make a large amount to keep in the fridge. Reheating is so much faster then cooking every time the mood hits. Items like breakfast burritos can be made in large batches and frozen wrapped in foil. In the morning simply remove from the foil a heat in the microwave or oven.
5.Pre-plan outfits. With 3 children much of our morning was being devoted to finding what they wanted to wear and getting dressed. Sunday evening we pre-plan outfits for the week! Stack pants,shirts, undergarments and socks and put then in the drawer instead of organizing everything by category like I use to. This is a HUGE time saver.
Life is already so busy that it is helpful to find extra time where you can. These simple step save me 5+ hours a week of stressing out and running about. try a couple out and see how much more peaceful your life can be.