There are Two Very Important Things I Did Differently This Morning That Made Me More Productive.

Well it’s Monday morning again, and it’s time to get the house ready for the entire week. As always, there is laundry to be washed, carpets to be cleaned, furniture to be dusted and produce to be chopped and organized for the week. Oh yeah… I’m also home with two children under the age of two. Let’s not forget that.

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Usually I wake up with the dreaded hours ahead feeling quite overwhelmed from the items on my to do list that I never write down. The morning usually seems rushed, uncomfortable, and full of chaos. So this morning, I decided to do something different. I decided that I wasn’t going to leave my bedroom until the bed was made, and I was fully dressed from head to toe; socks, shoes, everything. The night before, I had spent some time reading a blog by another mother who swore by this method of starting her day. Her reasoning was that if you have your bed made and your shoes on before you start your day, you approach your day with my professional outlook.

So I thought I’d give it a shot. This morning, I took my time, made the bed, got dressed head to toe, & put my socks and shoes on before even leaving my bedroom. From there, I started my day. And to my surprise, everything went more smoothly. Not only was able to move quicker with more control in chasing the kids, I had a more confident stride my step…Along with a better attitude. I was able to empty the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, make breakfast for the entire family, pack my sons lunch and snack, & get everyone dressed and ready and out the door within 1 hour’s time.

As someone who thrives on being productive, I find some of these days where I am home with two children under the age of two very frustrating. And what frustrates me the most, are those moments when I think that I’m being clever with one child in a highchair eating breakfast, another sitting at the table eating breakfast, and I think I can leave the room for a moment while the baby of the group is sleeping to unload the dryer. And when I return, I find blueberries strewn across the floor, strawberries squished and splattered against the wall, my oldest boy taunting my toddler in her highchair and the baby of the group screaming for a feed. Pair that with me being in my pajamas with only 30 minutes left to get everything together before my son needs to be at school. Seems about right that I should be putting myself first and getting dressed top to bottom with shoes on before any of this chaos inevitably happens.

So what’s the point of my story? The point is I’ll be putting myself first every morning from here on out so that I can take myself seriously as a stay at home mother. I can’t imagine that my children take me any more seriously than I do with my hair disheveled, my clothing askew and running around in slippers all morning so why should I? Being a stay-at-home mother is not only a privilege, it’s a profession. It is my job to raise these little rascals to be decent human beings but above all to know how to take care of themselves and be able to do so in the midst of chaos. Because that’s exactly what the professional world is, at least where I live – one big world of chaos.

Want to Get Healthy? Reorganize Your Fridge!

Today, I made my first trip to The Container Store! I had hoped to walk in and walk out with just a few items but as you can imagine walking into a store like this as someone who appreciates organization left me with a few more items in my hands and I had anticipated.  Nevertheless, it was a very good trip. And as a result, I was able to organize my refrigerator for the kids the way I had intended in addition to a few other things around the house.

Items I purchased:

BPA Free Food Storage Containers

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Umbra Square Crunch Can 

I bought this for my daughter’s room to pick up loose toys and stuffed animals.  The Umbra Crunch Can is durable as well as safe for those clumsy falls that inevitably happen with a toddler running about.

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If your house is anything like mine, then efficiency is extremely important when it comes to packing lunches, snacktime, and having food available at the drop of a hat for hungry little mouths after school.  Since the birth of my third child, I’ve not had the opportunity to organize my refrigerator the way I had hoped to prior to his arrival. So after my jaunt to the container store, I came home and looked at the disarray that was my refrigerator. And I remembered, when I was a little girl, after each trip to the grocery store, it was my job to slice and dice all of the produce and put it into the appropriate Tupperware containers for easy access.  This was not a fun sure as it included chopping a 5 pound bag of carrots along with washing and drying every leaf of every head of Romain lettuce that was purchased for the week, however, it helps the entire family work more efficiently during the week.  So in short, in addition to helping my family, I’m turning into my father. Ha ha!

Organizing the refrigerator for children to be able to find their snacks is actually quite simple it’s just something that you have to keep up with every week. It’s definitely a commitment. But, it’s a commitment that I’m willing to make if it means saving myself 5 to 10 minutes in the morning or in the evening when it comes to preparing these foods for my children.

Here’s what I did:

1. Stock Up

I picked up a surplus of the produce items that my family enjoys knowing that by putting them in storage containers, they would stay fresher longer.

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2. Set Aside the Appropriate Containers

While shopping for produce, I made sure to match the right containers with the fruits and vegetables that I wanted so that they would not only fit, but match how I would normally store the original containers in my refrigerator.

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3. Choose a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

When I buy my produce, I am sure to choose the colors of the rainbow not only for variety, but also for the many benefits that come with eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in color.  Chop them up as you’d like and fill each container to the top.

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4. Make These Foods Visible

Kids will choose snacks based on accessibility and visual appeal.  By choosing foods that are bright as well as nutritious, your child will most likely reach for these foods first.  Place these containers within reach so that they can easily grab a snack independently.

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My beautifully reorganized refrigerator

NEW! OPAL Mom™ Products Help You: ORGANIZE, PRIORITIZE, ACT & LET GO

OPAL Mom™ Product Line

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OPAL Mom Mug BOLD 3

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