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W - Write a Menu Plan - This one will not only keep you organized, but save you money as well. Sitting down once a week for 15 minutes to write a menu plan and make a grocery list from it will save you countless hours throughout the week worrying about what you're going to fix and staring blankly at your freezer (yes, I've been there!). It will also save you time at the grocery store and keep you from making those costly "mini-trips" throughout the week. Even if I just send my wonderful husband to the store to pick up ONE item, he inevitably comes home with a bag full of stuff and at least part of it will come from the canned-meat aisle (ewwww...). You can find some adorable printables over at Design Finch....
X - eXamine Your Priorities - Each of us only has a certain amount of time in our days and space in our homes. It's up to us to decide how we spend them. In order for our homes to run more efficiently, we need to learn to say "no" to over-extending ourselves. As moms, we want to do it all: work full-time, take care of our kids full-time, volunteer in the schools, run the carpool, make gourmet meals every night, keep our homes spotless, and still find time to DIY like Martha Stewart. It just can't be done. As for me, I've had to accept the fact that I will not be able to be a Room Mother for my kids. I will not be able to make all the play dates. And, I will not be attending the PTA meetings. It's not that those things aren't important to me, it's just that other things were MORE important. For me, it's most important that I am home contributing to our finances and taking care of our own children. You have to decide what's most important to you and cut out the things that are keeping you from truly enjoying your time with your family. Maybe your family needs to reduce the number of sports and clubs that your kids are in. Or maybe you need to talk to your spouse about the amount of overtime their working. Whatever it is, make the commitment to put your family first and to make your home your family's favorite place to be.
The House of Smiths has a great layout for separating individual portions into baggies and containers to help with portion control. For us, this would be most handy for packing lunches, weekends, and summertime. I love the idea of having a set number of snacks for the week and they get to choose which day they want which ones on.
Z - Do it with PiZZaZZ! In everything you do in your home, let your passions shine through! Our homes are a work of love and all the tips and tricks in the world won't make a difference unless you implement them with love and your own personal style! As for me, I love simplistic living and neutral palettes in my decorating. As the year goes on, I'll be sharing my favorite projects with you, with the goal of bringing more peace and joy into my home! I hope you'll join me and that this will be a year where you put a little more serenity back into your home :) We can all use a little more peace, love, and joy!
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