Studies have shown that moms who cook and eat with their families have a happier and healthier family. Unfortunately, for most busy moms, after a hard day at work, or at home with the kids, preparing a healthy hot meal for the family is often the last thing you want to think about doing. So, I have some organizing tips that will help you to think a bit differently about your daily meal planning.
As you’ve most likely seen on food cooking shows, preparing your produce after you’ve brought it home could save you time during the week, and keep your fruit and vegetables crisp longer. How often have you thrown away produce simply because you didn’t maintain it appropriately inside the refrigerator? This tip too, could help you save some bucks.
This is the opposite of doing nothing, but sometimes it has to be done! Scan your office. Pick the one area that needs the most attention first. Do you have folders stacked on your desk? Are there three coffee mugs from the past week? Your desk top may be your first target area for action. Remove what doesn’t belong there. Use a tissue to dust. Either file or put papers in your out-box for future organizing. The goal is to pick one area and clear it. Then experience a sense of calm and relief. Eliminating a mess you’ve been putting up with recharges your batteries.
Keeping your floor clean is important in your kitchen also. Getting in the habit of sweeping after Meal Prep on a budget and eating (if you have an eat-in kitchen) will help it appear cleaner. Washing your floor is so much easier than in grandma’s day with disposable pads for sweepers. Chose what works best for you by determining how high traffic your space is and what kind of flooring you have.
What would you do with 11 packages of English muffins? Why, stock your freezer with egg muffins, of course! Credit goes to Money Saving Mom for the idea although recipes can be found on a variety of sites online including Macheesmo and Skinny Mom’s Kitchen.
As a working Mom sometimes I do not arrive home from work until 6:30. On those nights I will either throw a meal in the slow cooker before I leave for work or leave directions for the babysitter to put the casserole or meatloaf in the oven at 5:00. Then when my husband arrives home at 6:00, dinner is hot, ready and the house smells delicious.
As a mother, I am helping my children learn how to run a household. Someday they will need these skills to contribute to their own families. My children are learning to cook, clean, do laundry, work in the yard, and help their younger siblings. These skills are just as important as the skills they are learning from schoolwork and the various classes they take. It also takes a load off me. We moms tend to take on the whole world and then wonder why we feel so frustrated and overwhelmed. I have learned to delegate. Delegating these chores is a win-win for our family.