Welcome to my usual monthly organisational post, a little earlier than normal. This time it has a bit of a difference to the content.
Basically there isn’t quite as much organisation and it’s more about how to keep your shit together for the month as a parent. A few organisational tips just for your own sanity but no hints to what jobs are good to tackle in August as being a full on cook ,cleaner, laundry person, craft expert, tour guide and Butlins red coat entertainer is more than enough for anyone to be doing this month. Push aside as many non-essential life, project, work and household jobs as you can until September. I love the holidays and spending time with my children without being tied to school runs and uniform admin but I’m a realist and I know how tiring it can be trying to make fun holiday memories for them. So here are a few things to make your August easier and what I will be doing in our home this month.
An easy meal plan for the month. I have made it easier for myself and it’s all about picnic food ideas, some healthier baking and easy Summer one pot meals. I have also included my Camping Meal Plans as well.
This post has ideas for keeping your car as free from sibling fights as possible!
I have made searching for activities easier by putting the ideas all into one place.
I will on most days be getting up early still. Lie-ins are overrated anyhow! At the start of the year I transformed my morning routine by setting my alarm (or Florence was my alarm) before the rest of the house awakes and getting organised for the morning and having breakfast, coffee, instagram scroll and head space to myself before the day starts. I think in the holidays getting up before the majority of the house does will save my sanity the rest of the day. It will be time to put on washing, have a peaceful breakfast and keep on top of work. Hopefully making me more equipped for enjoying the day with the kids and being able to be present and play more. I will definitely add in the odd lazy morning for a balance. Also to make sure the household routine runs smoothly the Organised Mum Method will still be adopted as that’s a quick way of keeping on top of daily chores. I will also be enlisting the help of my minions with a Screen Time chart and chore chart for all of them to follow so we all know where we stand to help battle miscommunications.
At the start of the year, my New Year goals were to make sure myself and Dougie got to enjoy the holidays as well. I think it’s important to take some time to sit and relax when having home days in the garden, have a date night or enlist a helpful Grandparent to watch them whilst you have lunch out! And I will be trying my hardest to read at least one book and look after my self care by having the odd bath and paint my nails.
So all that is left to say is I hope you manage to survive, enjoy the holidays and make memories that aren’t filled with too many tantrums and tears. Good luck to us all and I will be back with plenty of organisational tips for September!