Episode 175 Preparing for a Busy Season

 In Motivation, Podcast

Everyone faces busy seasons of life. There are many reasons you may be facing a hectic season.

  • Having a baby
  • Moving
  • Remodeling project
  • Sports season 
  • Work season (I see you accountants in March and April)

There are dozens of reasons and I am facing one in my life right now. Starting a new job is definitely a hectic season. 

6 Tips to prepare for a hectic season:

Tip 1- Clean out your freezer and pantry.

I have two podcasts on cleaning out your freezer and pantry.

It is a good idea to clean out your freezer and pantry a couple of times a year, but when facing a busy season it is much easier to have control over the food in you house when you start with a tidy freezer and pantry.

Tip 2- Take an Inventory of your Freezer and Pantry.

This does not have to be a big formal thing, but take note of a few things.

  • What do you have on hand?
  • What do you need to buy?
  • What do you keep buying and not using up. (I seem to think I need oxy clean and have 3 tubs of it in my pantry.)
  • What season (fall, spring, winter, summer) are you heading into? 
  • What special items do you need for the season like sunscreen in the summer and allergy meds in the spring?

Tip 3- Make a list of the basic items you need and do a deep dive shopping trip to stock up.

I have a checklist for the deep dive shopping trip in the Holiday Planning Guide.

Episode 99 is all about deep dive shopping. 

Tip 4- Make a list of backup and basic meals.

During a busy season you need to rely on basic meals. There will be days when you need to hit your backup meals

Stock up on the basics.

Tip 5- Do a little freezer prep.

I like to make “meal components” rather than full freezer meals. Some of the things I like to stock my freezer include:

If you want the easiest way to make 6 full freezer meals in 1 hour, check out my friends Polly and Rachel at Thriving Home. Use the code Marie20 to save 20%.

Tip 6- Be realistic with yourself during busy seasons. 

It is okay to be boring.

  • Have the same menu every week for 4 weeks.
  • Use grocery store shortcuts.
  • Chicken nuggets and boxed mac and cheese count as dinner.

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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active teens. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. Check out her YouTube Channel or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

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