Women Getting It Done- Tips and Tricks For Everyday Living
Surviving the Holidays and Not Stressing
We all know how stressful the holidays can be. Trying to get all of the extra work done but still have to keep up with our everyday things. As the dishes and laundry seem to pile up we look around and wonder if we will ever see our homes organized again. Here I will add a few tips so that next year things will run a bit smoother for you and your family.
- Do not wait until the last minute to get the gifts. Try to keep a list of all the people you need to buy for in your bag. As you go about your regular shopping check the sale items. If you see something that a person would like then be sure to purchase it. By purchasing gifts early you are actually managing two things. You are getting the gift taken care of and you will not have to worry about the holiday finances as much. If you do the gift shopping a little at a time you will not be spending as much near the holidays.
- Do not overextend yourself. If you have holiday parties coming up be sure to think twice about what you offer to help with. At a moment it is easy to say you will help with X,Y and Z and then when the time comes to help you realize you are stressed out and trying to go in many directions. We all want to be helpful but we should remember to pace ourselves.
- Take care of yourself! This is something that we all tend to forget. We are so busy running around and trying to help others that we end up rundown and not feeling well. Be sure to take some time for yourself even if it is to do something small and relaxing like watching a movie or reading a book.
Holiday Cooking a Bit Easier
We all love the sweets that go along with the holidays. Although it is okay to love to make those Christmas cookies and fudge, be sure to pace yourself. We have all experienced those years where we find ourselves making a dozen batches of cookies because we promised to have it done. You can still bake for all of those loved ones, just do not bake as much as you used to. There is no reason why you need to bring 5 dozen cookies to Aunt Millie’s when 2 dozen will do. It is not about not doing things anymore, it is about making things a bit easier on yourself.
Enjoy Your Holidays
Spending time with family and friends through the holidays should be enjoyed. What should not be happening is that you are so stressed out that you cannot wait for it all to be over. Be sure not to be too demanding on yourself and those around you. Relax when you are with family. The holidays are to create memories and those you are with will be the ones you create those memories with. Time goes by so fast that in a few years you will look back and wonder where all the time went.
Women Getting It Done- Tips and Tricks
Each new day we wake with energy and have a list of chores we want to accomplish. The problem that happens most of the time is that we seem to run out of time. As the clock ticks on we tend to get stressed out because we know that we will not be able to accomplish everything.
Small Tasks and Lists
Instead of becoming overwhelmed it is easier to break chores that need to be done into smaller tasks. Take cleaning out a closet. This can bea huge job and most of us will try to avoid it. Instead of trying to tackle the whole closet cleaning in one session, try breaking the cleaning into smaller time sessions. Get a timer if you do not already have one. Set a timer for the time you allotted. Once the timer is done take a break. If you feel like you can add more time after your break, than by all means do it. The object is not to become overwhelmed.
Lists can be your best friend. By keeping a list of things you want to accomplish you will not forget them. As you accomplish the chores on the list be sure to cross them off. Not only will you see what you accomplish, you will know how much you have managed to do and this feels good. We all want to be productive and sometimes it just takes a little more planning and execution.
Those Meals- Cheat Tips
One of the biggest tasks is trying to plan out those meals. At the end of the day we are tired and do not feel like cooking. So, what usually happens is that we are looking for something quick to cook right before it is time for dinner. One of the greatest things I have found to help out with the cooking is pre-planning the meals. Making a list of all the things needed for the week keeps me from having to run to the store for the one ingredient that I forgot. By pre-planning and making a shopping list it also helps to keep the grocery bill lower because I am not floundering and wondering what to buy.
The use of a crockpot to cook will save you both time and energy. In this house there are multiple crockpots and I get two ready at the same time. I have the vegetable cut for both meals and the one I am not going to use for that evening's meal I will cook and refrigerate. The smell of the food cooking when we come in at the end of the day adds a homey feeling, and we know the food is done and ready to be served when we are ready to eat.
If you do not have crockpot recipes there are millions available on the Internet. Did you know that you can even cook homemade bread in a crockpot? This is one of the things that my family loves when I am able to make the bread on the weekends. Spending time with my family is important to me, and preplanning allows me to have the extra time without being frazzled. Being a wife, mom, student and working isn’t easy, but it is manageable.
Stay tuned for the next round of tips and tricks for the everyday woman!
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