Getting back on track. Again.

I’ve written this post in my head several times, but here goes…

Things have been quiet here lately because I haven’t really been feeling too organized. In the past year, I have had a baby, 6 hospitalizations, 1 ambulance ride, 2 international moves as the only adult, and then spent a lot of time helping the kids adjust and get through our school work. Yep, I’ve been in survival mode for the past year or so, and not feeling terribly organized. Pretty ironic for someone who named her blog “Organized Jewish Home,” right?

I had great systems in place, and things were going along with no trouble when all of this started. But organizing isn’t an item to check off a list, it’s an ongoing thing. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just get it all together and have it stay there? But one thing I’ve learned since having a bunch of small kids is that systems need to change often to stay relevant. And I need to update and revamp!

Laundry is going OK (using our laundry system and family closet), and basic upkeep like dishes, sweeping and vacuuming, and cleaning bathrooms are happening most days. But my house isn’t at the level I usually like it at. School needs to get organized for this year. And our routines need a lot of work.

Summer usually wrecks some havoc on routines with trips, later nights, and less structure in general in our house. But I’m trying to get back on track with the intentional kinds of days we want to have. Anyone out there in a similar situation?

I’m planning on working on lots of these things in the upcoming weeks and months:

That’s the plan, anyway. It’s important to me to have things running more smoothly than they have been. So onward toward that goal!

How is your summer going? How do you do things to manage your summer?

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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