This is a quick look at a few things that I do every afternoon to wrap up loose ends from the morning and prepare for when my son is home from school. It allows me to be able to focus on spending time with him, and not having to run around like a mad woman trying to get all-the-things done. I also tend to be very tired (or just plain exhausted) by dinner time, so I like to make the most of the time during the day when I have some energy. It is short and simple, but these few steps make a big impact.
After I eat lunch, ideally I take some time for myself to read or rest. This doesn’t always happen, but it is a goal for me everyday. I find that if I take 30 minutes for me, it makes such a big difference in how I feel both physically and emotionally. I don’t look at this as time stolen or that I’m being lazy. No ma’am. It is in no way a negative thing in my book. It keeps me moving, and helps me be a fun mom instead of a grouchy mom;) Regular self care is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
The next thing is to tackle the load of laundry that is in the dryer. It gets folded and put away. It takes only about 5-10 minutes to fold a reasonable load of laundry, and another 2-5 minutes tops to put it away. So all in you’re spending about 15 minutes to take care of the laundry and its done for the day! I’m telling you, the power of 15 minutes is a magical thing!!!!
I then do a very quick 5 minute tidy. Just to pick up anything that needs putting away. Consistently doing this throughout the day keeps things where they belong so you can find them next time. It also keeps your surfaces clear for building with cardboard and tape or playing board games when your kids get home from school, ha ha!
The last step in my afternoon routine is to make sure I’m set for dinner. I plan my menu every Sunday and do most of my meal prep on Mondays. So, usually I just have to complete what’s been prepped at dinner time. But, I like to look at my calendar and check to see that everything is set. Just in case;)
So here’s a look at my afternoon routine in list form:
- 30 minutes of Me time (read, rest, whatever)
- Fold and put away the laundry
- 5 minute pick up
- What’s for dinner?
Just 4 simple steps to help save my sanity for the after school hours before dinner;) I like to be available to hang with my son when his day is over. If I have a bunch of undone loose ends, I feel those pulling at me and it keeps me from being fully present. Obviously everyday isn’t perfect, but these couple of steps have helped me roll through this time of day with a little more fun and a lot less crazy. Do you have any afternoon habits that help your day run smoother? I’d love to hear what they are!
Take good care,