It’s a beautiful summer day and you have big plans! Maybe it’s going on a wilderness hike, checking out your local zoo, a day of playing in the pool, or a family movie or game day! Nothing is more exciting, and nothing can derail it more quickly than the infamous “Oops Moment”. If you’re a mom I know you, like I, have had this happen once too often. You’re all set for the day when *bam* something like this comes across your path and derails your plans faster than you can check for a backup.
Yes, whether it’s no toilet paper, squeezing the last ounce out of the toothpaste container, or the very last diaper, there are many everyday essential items that take the household to emergency status when it’s discovered you’re all out. And nothing is more of a bummer than having to hold off your plans to battle the holiday or weekend crowds in store, full of other moms with kids in tow who happen to be there for the very same reason.
You see, summer is this beautiful, crazy mess. On the one hand, the bustle of the busy school schedule and extra circular activities are done and days can be full of staying up late, sleeping in, and those extra fun activities instead like playing games and building blanket forts (what summer should really be all about!). I’ve noticed for us, however, that the lack of the disciplined schedule makes it way too easy to let things slide and fall through the cracks, which leads to those “Oops Moments”!
That’s why as a busy work from home mom I’ve come up with some handy tricks that I use to keep myself from having these “Oops Moments” anymore! Every moment with my family is precious, and I try to make the most of them while still keeping on top of all the jobs that being a mom involves! Because I know most of you are busy moms as well I wanted to share my tricks to keep your household running smoothly & still have time for fun this summer!
Shop For Your Household Essentials Online
This is a huge one! I’ve been a fan of shopping online (especially for Christmas!) for years, but until recently the thought of combining my “every day essentials” shopping and online shopping just didn’t happen. I’m so excited that I realized I can now stock up on all of my very favorite brands online at Walmart.com , they even have a super handy “Avoid The Oops” page set up right now www.avoidtheoops.com to make stocking up a breeze. The best part is that you get the great prices you love and if you spend over $50 you get free shipping! This works perfectly for me because another part of this trick is buying plenty of the things so that way you’ll be well stocked up (the best way to avoid and get it delivered right to your doorstep! For this shopping trip I literally got to place my order while watching the kids splash around in the pool, how’s that for convenient one-stop shopping?!
Less time running around for errands means more time to run around for fun! Here are the products that made my “must have stocked up” list:
- Charmin Ultra Soft — As I mentioned before, few things cause bigger “Oops Moments” than realizing you’re completely out of toilet paper. This is something that you always want to have an abundance of on hand!
- Cascade Platinum Dish Packs — Going to tackle a stack of dirty dishes after dinner and realizing that you’re out of dishwasher pacs is a disaster as well, so I always have at least two of these big containers on hand.
- Febreeze Air Effects — Summer means wet towels, dirty clothes, and lots of extra smells floating around the house- we help keep those smells be of the good variety by always having several of these throughout the house.
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser — A complete oops moment saver when you notice that weird smudge all over the door just before guests arrive (don’t even bother trying to figure out what it might be, just scrub it away).
- Crest Complete Scope — In case you’re unsure why you need to keep stocked up on toothpaste, just picture hearing this ringing through the house at 8 PM at night, “Mooommm!!!! There’s no more toothpaste!!!”
- Aussie 3 Minute Miracle — Because summer for us means the Texas heat we’re all pretty much living in the pool these days. This is awesome but is also brutal on our hair! This is a definite must-have product to keep bad hair days away and things running smoothly!
Once you have all these items on hand and stocked back up it’s time to tackle how you’ll handle the rest of your grocery list.
Meal Plan Once a Month & Shop In Store Once a Week
Can you tell I’m all about getting things done at once these days? It’s amazing how dedicating a chunk of time to getting a task done at once saves so much time in the long run! I have a spreadsheet where I keep track of all the different meals currently on our menu rotation and then schedule them out using my Google Calendar a month at a time, having it online makes it easy to swap around days and make last minute changes if we are invited out to eat or something comes up. Once you have monthly menu planning in place it makes it much easier and faster to come up with a grocery list and go shopping once a week at Walmart in-store. Only having to pick up fresh items thanks to shopping online makes those trips quick and easy as well, and planning ahead let’s you pick days and times where you can avoid the rush, which leads into our next trick.
Come Up With a Loose Schedule
As I mentioned the beauty of summer is the lack of structure, but without some kind of a schedule things descend into chaos and it’s too easy to forget things or realize that the kids have been watching the screen for hours on end. Planning your week out loosely at the beginning will help keep you on track, make sure you’re taking care of essentials, and also make sure you’re knocking some things off that fun summer bucket list. Alternating days where you stay at home and days where you’re out running around makes for a great variety so you don’t feel exhausted or cooped up, as will varying days to take care of tasks like shopping and cleaning and your all-day fun days. If you’re wondering how you’ll manage to fit those in you’ll need my next trick!
Have The Kids Help Around the House For Screen Time
I just mentioned on Instagram that one of the things that “stuck” from our ticket system that we used a few years ago was that our kids have to work to earn any screen time. This is especially great during the summer when they have more time at home and free. It also really helps you out as a mom because it frees you up to focus on other things that need to get done, so you can have more time for fun together!
Hopefully, these tricks will help you keep your household running & still have time for fun this summer! Don’t forget to stop by www.avoidtheoops.com. Do you have any amazing ones I didn’t mention or that I need to know about? What about a hilarious “Oops Moment” that happened to you (surely I’m not the only one!)? Leave me a comment and let me know!