Sometimes I feel like my life is living me and I am just holding on for dear life. Lately I have decided to take some steps to try and get ahead of that. There are a couple things I am doing to try to improve things (and they are not all fun)
One things I am trying to do it get up early. The babies usually get up at 730. So I am dragging myself out of bed at 630. For those of you who know me, you know I am NOT a morning person. I don't think I ever will be. Just having that hour to myself to organize my thoughts, unload the dish washer, throw some laundry in, even if I just sit down with my coffee and watch the Today Show, it gives me a jump on the day. When I hear those sweet baby babble I am so much more ready to go and get them and deal with the craziness that will ensue.
I am also trying to get myself on a cleaning schedule. Being in a messy house has a big impact on my stress level. I don't get much time to relax, but I never truly relax if I try to relax in a messy house. Don't get me wrong I will sit and watch some tv or blog or do what I want, but there is that naggy feeling that I should be doing something useful. Now I know that once it is all checked of my list I am good to go. Also I have certain days for certain tasks, which doesn't make me feel like I have to get it all done. (Honestly that usually makes me feel like I have too much to do so I am overwhelmed and don't do anything)
I am also making a meal schedule. I try and have meals planned for 2 weeks out. This just take out some of the thinking of my day. This also keeps me from ordering out, which is a bad habit of mine. My only problem is grocery shopping with twin one year olds is still really tricky. There are certain places I just can't go with them. So trying to find time for that can be a bit hard sometimes.
The last things I have been trying to do is get those babies on a schedule! They pretty much are, but writing it down and planning for it helps. Making sure nap times and meal times happen at pretty much the same time everyday help me and them. They like knowing whats next and they protest their nap much less because they know that after lunch and a few songs its time for nap. Also I have been planning at
least one fun activity a day. That can range anywhere from crafts to grocery shopping to library story time.
This week I plan to write more on our schedule and our day to day routine. It has really been working for us, make sure you check back if you are interested.