I've found that sticking with the basics is essential to home and family management, and even more so after a trip, illness, or interruption in routine.
Today, after the completion of a long trip and a time-consuming project, we're focusing on our basics:
- The dishwasher unloaded and the sink empty after breakfast
- The day's laundry load done and put away before lunch
- Any chores completed before lessons
- Lessons worked on during the mid-morning hours, while Gray and Addie play in their rooms
- Dinner thought about and prepped by lunchtime
With those all done by lunch, I'm able to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon sewing, reading, visiting with friends, or anything else I want, while the children rest. Then we're all ready for a late afternoon outside, followed by reading aloud before dinner, and the rest of the evening goes well.
If I vary too long from the basics, then routines break down, children get cranky, and I get overwhelmed. But just a little work every day before lunch assures smooth sailing the rest of the day! Sticking with the basics is well worth the effort!