If you give a mom a calendar.....
Then she makes a daily schedule, which means she has to make a chore chart, and means she has to make a menu, and so she has to make grocery lists............
I've been working on this for weeks. Since we had 2 big kids leave this year, and added 2 little kids, we've just been flying by the seat of our pants as far as cleaning, cooking, groceries, etc.
I found that without the big kids, I absolutely could not clean the whole house in a day, so I have divided it up, cleaning the main level every week, the basement every other week, and the upstairs on opposite weeks....with a quick wipe up and swiffer of those areas on their off week.
I added in the laundry, ironing, extra days of vacuuming the main level, speech therapy, physical therapy, low vision therapy, Bible study, school, grocery days, and....whew!...it's all scheduled now.
I have, for the most part, done a monthly menu for about 10 years. The menu repeats, and there is a gocery list for the 1st two weeks, and the 2nd two weeks, based upon paydays.
The reason I started it all those years ago is because I HATE the menu planning with a passion!!!!!! And to do it weekly -or every 2 weeks--takes ALOT of time. So I would change it up, add new recipes, ect. about every 6 months. On grocery days, all I have to do is print the list, check of the things on hand, and get the coupons.
Anywho........The big kids leaving affected the menu too, and I don't mean just the portion sizes. DH's shifts rotate. And with no big kid here to help or watch the littles at dinner-prep time, my menu wasn't working. For example if we have pork chops every Monday, one week DH might be home, so grilling and cooking the kitchen stuff was no problem. The next Monday, he might be on nights, and I have to have his dinner ready for him to take by 3:30. Which means I would have to grill, cook the inside food, wake him up, and the littles are just getting up from a nap......wasn't working!!!
SO......now my new schedule/menu/grocery list is based on DH's 6 week rotation at work.
We're having crock pot and easy stuff when he's on nights, more prep-time consuming meals when he is off, etc.
I think this will work out great, and hope it lasts at least 9mo before I have to re-do it.
And if you're thinking I'm super organized, you're right. I just have to be, it is the only way I can funtion. I can not, for example, do school, when the house is a wreck.
Being organized is a blessing and a curse; It's one of those double edged sword things, but don't we all have traits that can be both good and bad?
And in case you're wondering, Umm, yes, the shirts in my closet are arranged according to color, and my spice rack is alphebetized---I just can't help it.