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If your home is like the Fair household, you are in the throes of transition.

We have had a major transition at this time of the year, every year, for the last nineteen years.

Shifting from the easiness of summer into the rigidity of school has always been daunting.  Whether homeschooling as we did up to eighth grade or heading off to school, transition requires a great deal of energy.

Sleep schedules need to adjust.  Eating schedules need to adapt. Everybody needs to pull their heads out of the clouds and get refocused.

I’d love to share a few tips and tidbits that I’ve learned through trial and error as well as a few from other resources.  I strongly urge you to check out those resources.  I promise you, it will not be wasted time!

1. Be realistic: it’s okay to eat off paper plates, order pizza in once and while, and let cleaning out the junk drawer slide a little longer.

2. Lists, lists, lists: I love lists! Make a list for everything! To do lists. Grocery lists. This week’s outfit list. Don’t laugh at that one! I wish I had a dollar for every time I reached for a particular shirt or pair of pants only to realize I wore it earlier in the week and it still needed laundered or ironed.  Now I preplan my outfits for the week and I know everything will be wearable when I need it. Speaking of clothes…

3. Lay clothing out the night before along with all the necessary things to start a day smoothly: self explanatory, I know, but it really does help!

4. Use a notebook:  The late Anne Ortlund introduced me to the “notebook” in her book, “The Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman”.  She shares, “After several years of literally living out of it, hesitantly, very hesitantly, I shared it one time at a women’s conference.  Whammo!  It went off like a bombshell. Scores told me they were going home to buy notebooks. I shared it at other conferences, and the feedback began. I’d hear the words ‘it changed my life.’ “. (p.84)  She devoted an entire chapter to the notebook. My first reaction was, I love this book but that idea is truly out of date.  The original copyright date was 1977. I thought, I have an iPad mini and a smart phone. What on earth would I need with a notebook?  Curiosity drove me to Amazon to look and see if they even sold notebooks or day planners in this day and age. Indeed they did. I thought about it, prayed about it, and decided to order one. This one:

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I could not live with out it now!  It has a pocket that my mini tablet fits into perfectly. I keep lists, menus, coupons, sermon notes, prayer requests, appointment cards, business cards, recorded calendar dates, goals, and much, much more in this handy dandy day runner!

5.  Stay healthy:  You may say okaaaay…how?  I love the principles in Stormie Omartian’s book, “Greater Health God’s Way: Seven Steps to Inner and Outer Beauty”.  This book is also an oldie but a goodie.  The steps are simply common sense, godly living; “peaceful living, pure food, proper exercise, plenty of water, prayer and fasting, fresh air and sunshine, perfect rest.”  Chances are if you’re not feeling great, one of these “steps” is out of sync.  Stormie says, “The Seven Steps to Greater Health are a consistent, reliable, preventative way of living that promotes good health.”  (p.27)

6. Guard your prayer time like the warrior you are:  I actually saved the best for last!!! Richard Foster shares, “Prayer catapults us unto the frontier of the spiritual life. Of all the Spiritual Disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.” (The Celebration of Discipline, p. 33)

I’ve probably over shared at this point. Leave a comment and add your own tips!  I’d love to hear them!




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