It's Monday morning.
Did you even know that? Today hubby and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary. We took a cruise for our honeymoon. Each morning they would change out the carpet in the elevator on the ship to represent the day of the week. Because after a couple of days on a cruise ship you have no idea what day of the week it is.
One of the best perks to being a teacher is that for the months of July and August you kind of forget what day it is. While the rest of the country is cursing out Monday morning, it means nothing to us. It's just another day at the beach...often literally.
But, all too soon we will be commiserating with those experiencing "just another manic Monday." Weekday mornings will once again have the potential to be chaotic and crazed. While the school year may seem like it is way off in the distance, there are some things I can suggest you do now to make your days easier then. Summer is the perfect time to tackle these.
Summer Vacation To Do List:
Clean out your closet. Keep only clothes you enjoy wearing that fit you well in there. This will make getting dressed for work much faster.
Spend some time "freezer cooking." There are places you can go like Dream Dinners, but it's just as easy to make things on your own. Plan to have your freezer full of dinners for the first few weeks of school. Make enough so that you'll have lunches leftover.
Fold a paper in half. On the left side write out a list of everything you need to do to get out of the house in the morning. Think not only of yourself, but the other house members as well. On the right side, brainstorm ways to make things more efficient and streamlined. For example, I need to pack my son a lunch. I can make our mornings easier by prepping foods on the weekend (make fruit salad cups, fill bowls with yogurt, put cereal into baggies) and by packing his lunch bag the night before. Have other family members look at the list and brainstorm ideas.
Scour yard sales, dorm sales and craigslist for a few small appliances for your classroom. Having a fridge, small microwave and a small coffee pot will allow you to get out of the house and into the classroom faster. By keeping some foods at school, you will save time and money.
Declutter, organize and streamline your home. By having less stuff at home and knowing where things are you will be able to function efficiently.
What are your tips and ideas for making the mornings easier? Share them in a comment for others to read. Have a great week!