Prepared: get ready, make preparations, arrange things, make provision, get everything set, take the necessary steps, do the necessary, lay the groundwork, do the spadework, gear oneself up, gird up one's loins, fit oneself out, kit oneself out, rig oneself out, provide, arm oneself,
face up to.
Informal-'psych oneself up'
"If you want peace, prepare for war."
Well, here it's not 'war' exactly, but it can certainly be 'chaos' without being prepared!
I'm a great believer in a similar idea...
'If you want an organised life, prepare for the times when it's chaotic'.
It's a great ethos.
After many years of lurching from day to day and wondering why I never felt on top of things or why I was always making a mercy dash to the supermarket, or stationery supply store, for a forgotten ingredient or school item, I finally realised that the remedy was to be prepared.
Annabel at The Bluebirds are Nesting and Patsy at A Working Pantry both talk about preparedness in terms of stockpiling and planning for emergencies and illness.
I'm referring today, to just the simple sort of preparing that means looking ahead 48 hours. Lets call it The 48 Hour Rule. It means looking two days ahead and ensuring that everything you need for today, tomorrow and the next day is well in hand. From clean and ironed uniforms, school clothing or work outfits, to assignments that need completing, to supplies that need purchasing, and gifts that need to be bought or assembled...it all helps. If today and tomorrow are organised, and the tasks you perform now are for two days hence, you have so much more breathing space. You also have a peaceful mind and heart, knowing that tasks are being completed in a timely fashion and that whatever life throws at you, you are ready. And let's face it, life loves to throw us a curve ball every now and again, just to keep us on our toes.
Honestly, most difficulties can be averted or avoided entirely, simply by using my simple 48 Hour Rule. I'm not talking about natural disasters or the like. Just simple planning around family needs by looking at the schedule, and arranging meals, shopping, and other essential tasks accordingly.
This week, I've been busy 'preparing' costumes for my daughters school dance troupe. I love doing this and I love the financial savings it allows for all families involved, but it does take my attention away from my usual routine. This sort of preparing is longer term and is actually months in the making. But still, looking ahead, factoring in distractions and hiccups, saves time, energy and money.
So I've been using my 48 hour rule a great deal lately, and it really does help.
This week alone, it's meant I could prepare tonights meal yesterday...the pasta bolognaise bake pictured at the top of my post will provide us with a dinner and a lunch. I also baked on the weekend, defrosting and serving little heart shaped cakes for school lunch for my daughter, and dessert for the family.
Using the 48 hour rule, meant that my husband could visit the florist yesterday and buy my favourite red Colombian roses. I can guarantee if he'd left that till tomorrow, the day before Mothers Day here, he would have been disappointed!
It meant that he was rewarded with a bunch of carnations, being sold inexpensively as a bonus with purchase.
It also meant that I was able to whip up some of my French Inspired pillow cases for my Mother in Law, saving an expensive trip to the shops for a gift.
The 48 Hour Rule means that the majority of the time, I can rise to meet a crisis with the confidence of knowing that my own family will not be affected.
Of course, even the best laid plans go astray occasionally, and this is the reason that you are viewing this post, prepared 48 hours ahead for Saturday, and not the features for this weeks Five Star Frou-Frou. It's not a perfect scenario, but it will get me through.
For this I apologise, and can only offer that from time to time, real life events will encompass blogging life.
At least my family are fed, dressed in clean clothing, and I have tomorrows lunch and dinner well in hand. Mothers Day is of course on Sunday here, and hopefully brings some relief for me, the Mum.
So in truth, my 48 hour rule still brings peace to our chaos and for that, I am grateful :)
Please join me tomorrow for Five Star Frou-Frou.