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When you have kids, the battle between order and chaos at home can take place on many fronts. Ordering Disorder is about ways to fight domestic entropy with organizing tips, tricks, meal ideas and more.
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I really dislike feeling like I don’t have a handle on my life. Since getting home from a trip with my husband, I’ve felt myself running about twelve hours behind since we got home Monday night at around 9pm. I’ve been thinking of some processes I might have followed to help the transition back into real life a little smoother. I thought I’d write them all out for next time.
The biggest stressor when I walked in the door was the pile of mail and school paperwork on the counters. My mom babysat and didn’t really know what to do with all of it so she created piles. I think next time I’ll put out envelopes for all the paper work, one for each kid and another for mail. I’ll ask my sitter to toss out any duplicate fliers from the school and any junk mail, everything else will be put in the correct envelope.
Before I leave I’ll write myself a very clear list of what needs to happen over the week after we return. I found I’d planned for my weekend away, making sure the kids were taken care of and all my bases were covered. I didn’t focus on the week immediately after our return. As a result I’ve missed two appointments, our laundry situation has reached code red and we’ve eaten sandwiches for dinner every night.
I think a list of upcoming commitments will get me in the mindset from the minute I unpack my bags and you know, hopefully not miss any appointments. I also need a loose meal plan in place because every night this week has found me babbling in the kitchen at 5 o clock staring at empty cabinets with no clue what to feed my kids.
How do you make reentry after a trip (with and without kids) easier? I would love to see your tips because for the last three days I’ve been running around as if my mind is set on slow motion.
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