Today is our official first work day back from our mini trip to visit family. I must say, it is so hard to get back into a routine. Not just for myself, but getting the kids back into a routine as well. For myself, getting into the swing of things again, after a break, is so overwhelming, thank you very much ADHD. Where do I start? This time around we have it a bit easier, since we are taking this week off from our homeschooling. There really isn’t a good way to ease back into it all, but we have found some tips that help, at least a little bit.
I love to be spontaneous. However, I know that running a household takes routine. This is a constant struggle for me, and maybe later on I can dive into this topic more. But for now, know that whatever routine you usually keep, you just need to jump right into it. I never said it would be easy, but that is what needs to happen. For us, getting up at a reasonable time and showering right away helps to keep me from slacking off for the day, and gets the kids on track.
Now is not the time to dive into a big cleaning project. Keep things simple and stick to what you usually do everyday. You just got off of vacation and are trying to jump back into a routine. Starting a big project will just add lots of stress to your day and for me jumping into a routine is stress enough. I will say that after being away for a while, even if just for a few days, I tend to see new projects that need to get done, almost as if I am seeing the house for the first time. Make a list of all those ideas and work them into your plans for later on. You will feel much more successful at the end of the day if you are able to accomplish what you start.
Just like with your cleaning routine, things need to be kept simple. Stick to your everyday school schedule, but do not add in lots of crafts and projects. Those things are a lot of fun, especially for the kids, however right after coming back from a vacation is not the time to add the stress of extras. Talk to the kids about your craft and project plans for later on in the week. Get them excited about them, but don’t pull out those supplies just yet. You have enough on your plate for one day.
I don’t know about you, but for us right before we head out-of-town anywhere for a few days, I like to go through the fridge and clean it out a bit. I also like to plan our meals the week or so before so that we are eating out of what is in the house already. This way we don’t end up with wasted food when we come back.
Now that we are back, it is time to go grocery shopping. Personally, I like to go in the lull after school is over and before I start working on dinner. Before heading out the door, be sure to make a list of any toiletry items that need to be re-stocked. Now is the time to get those items so on the next family trip you aren’t having to scramble for these items.
Before checking out, I make sure to pick up an easy dinner meal. This could be a frozen skillet meal, a bake at home pizza, or chicken nuggets and French fries for a treat. This way all the unloading and putting away of groceries doesn’t get in the way of dinner making it to the table on time.
At the end of this first day, it feels so good to have done some cleaning, stocked the cabinets and put dinner on the table. I may not have tackled that huge project but at least I can say I am back into the swing of my routine. By all means I know that we have not got it all figured out, and maybe you have some better ideas. How do you handle restarting your routines after a break?