When you have children, there are times when survival mode is called for, when you just can't do everything you usually do. Maybe you're sick, pregnant, your partner's away, or you're going through a stressful time. We're all for simplifying things around the house and in our routine at those times...
Survival mode for us happens when our husband is traveling and we're home alone for weeks at a time with a baby. We've found just changing a few small things can really alleviate a lot of the stress of being alone.
• Usually, we wash our dishes by hand and just use our dishwasher as a drying rack. When in survival mode and with a toddler clinging to our leg while we're doing dishes, we find the dishwasher very handy.
• We don't usually use paper plates at all- but at these times we do. It really cuts down on the dishes that pile up and just makes us feel less stressed. We're hoping our paperless kitchen in every other way will somehow balance out the use of those paper plates every now and then.
• We love making fresh, healthy food for our family, but a Trader Joe's frozen pizza makes it onto our menu plan during survival mode.
• As long as the bed is made, dishes are done, and there is some order in our daughter's play area, most other cleaning (vacuuming, dusting) can wait.
• Most days we run errands or have outings in the morning by 10 am, but on some of these days, we linger in our pajamas with a cup of tea instead.
Please share the things you let go when you're in survival mode. We can all use the ideas!
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