I'm always working towards a more simple way of living, making things as simple and as easy as possible. I suffer from fatigue, here's why. I need things to be simple.
My morning routine was anything from that. I'd wake up, fix breakfast for Miss K and Little L and then set about the task of packed lunches. This is the bit that would always get me down, slicing homemade bread, crumbs flying all over the work surface from the electric knife, grating cheese, figuring out separate fillings for both the girls and then moving on to chopping fruit or veg, picking out their pudding, filling their Klean Kanteens and then cleaning up afterwards on top of washing the breakfast dishes.
Since Little L started school in September, I've been preparing packed lunches five days a week for both the girls, which made the chore twice as long. It left very little time for us all to get ready for our day and would usually end up with me rushing, which was stressful within itself. Then I would rush and hurry the children which is not a nice way for anyone to start the day.
The chopping board, the cheese grater and extra knives would all need to be washed. It all adds up to extra work and extra time, every single day. I would prefer to spend that extra time braiding Little L's hair the way she likes with her sat on my lap.
I needed to make one small change which would make a big change to our mornings. It was a simple and easy change. I needed to cut out preparing packing lunches from our morning routine altogether.
I now make a big batch of homemade granary rolls. I make them the size I know each one will eat (large rolls for Miss K and tiny ones for Little L. I split, butter, fill with grated cheese or grated cheese with marmite, put in little individual freezer food bags and pop straight into the freezer. The bread roll recipe makes enough for both children for six days of packed lunches. Now, I wake up in morning at 7 am, take a filled roll from the icebox for each child and place in lunch boxes with fruit, and a pudding. A daily job that was taking me at least twenty minutes has been reduced to about two minutes and with no mess to clean up afterwards.
One small step to streamlining my day towards a simpler way of living.