/>I am a planner. My husband isn’t. It can make for interesting conversations. Fortunately, we have been friends for about 18 years, and we have learned how to compromise. But, despite my willingness to be flexible, I still can’t change the fact that I like to plan. It’s just a part of who I am. Actually, I am wondering where we will be eating Thanksgiving dinner this year. My husband will bring it up in November.
Since I became a mom, I have realized that my love for planning comes in handy. Sure, I can’t always control how things work out, but when I take the time to plan for what’s ahead, our family is happier. Plus, planning ahead is a great way to keep my stress levels low. I can’t tell you how grateful I am when I have a stress-free experience and I know it’s because I planned for that moment a few months ago.
I am certainly not one of those people that need to plan out every single moment of the day (nothing against those people, of course). I just think that moms should develop any habit that ultimately makes life as a mom easier and a lot more fun. Don’t you agree?
Here are a few tips that will make life for you and your babies a little bit easier and a lot less stressful.
- Start Christmas shopping during back-to-school sales. It’s not just clothes that are on sale during back-to-school season; pretty much everything is. If you see any great deals, start getting gifts and stashing them in your closet.
- Wash and freeze fruits that are in season. My kids love smoothies, but fruit can get very pricey when it is out of season. Buy a ton of your kids’ favorites and then peel, wash, and freeze them. Those smoothies will be a hit this fall and winter.
- Start buying clothes for next summer. At this point, I can guess with a good deal of accuracy what size my kids will wear next summer. If I see a great deal, I am going for it. You should too!
- Book hotel rooms for possible family trips. Even if you aren’t sure what you are doing in the months ahead, go ahead and book those hotel rooms as long as the hotel has a great cancellation policy. I am about to book a room for our family beach trip next year.
- Create family dinners in advance and freeze them. Space can be an issue for some, but if you have enough freezer space you can make dishes like roasted chicken, mac and cheese, and so much more. These dishes freeze well, and some brands sell containers that go straight from freezer to oven.
- Create a winter storm kit. This is a great time to create a safety kit to keep in your home in case a bad storm hits this winter. After all, no one wants to be the person who gets to the store the day before a big storm only to find that the aisles are empty.
- Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk is the best. Diapers, wipes, detergent, and anything else you use often should be purchased in bulk. It makes life so much easier, and it also saves you a lot of money.