Labor Day has passed and summer break is officially over. The fun days of summer have come to an abrupt halt with the start of a new school year. Sigh. A new school year brings with it carpool, homework, PTA meetings, extra-curricular activities and so much more. I’m getting tired just thinking about it. Recently, on the blog we shared making time for what matters most and today I am partnering with Dixie® for the “Be More Here” initiative, and to talk about some ways to make more time for fun.
During the hustle and bustle of the school year, it can be difficult to make time for fun activities. Whether you want to create an extra 20-30 minutes of family time each day or leave the office early one day a week, it’s going to take a little effort. Here are a few ways to make more time for fun:
Find a routine that works for you and your family, and stick to it. Keeping a routine is easier when you are organized. Map days out by time and increments. This will help increase efficiency, resulting in more time with the family. Be sure to schedule in some extra time to take care of the unexpected. Keeping a centralized family calendar is also very helpful.
Keep dinnertime simple. Spending a Sunday afternoon preparing freezer meals can save you a lot of time during the school week, resulting in more time for family fun.
Once or twice a week, I like to take advantage of ready-made meals from my grocery store. A few Caesar salad kits and rotisserie chickens are perfect for my large family. You can also involve the kids in meal preparation. A build your own pizza night is a great way to squeeze in more fun.
Skip the dishes. Who wants to spend the evening washing dishes? Using Dixie paper and plastic products makes cleanup a breeze, allowing you to squeeze in more time for fun with the family. You can easily eliminate the hassle or daunting feelings of clean up by using Dixie cups, plates and utensils.
The time I gain by not washing dishes is much better spent playing a game with the family. We’ve been playing a lot of Scattergories and Balderdash lately after dinner. The kids come up with some interesting answers!
A family game night is always so much fun, even if it’s just a quick game of Yahtzee or Uno. What games does your family enjoy playing?
Whether your idea of family fun is a bicycle ride, shooting hoops, or playing board games, I hope you are able to make time for more of it. Visit the Dixie Be More Here website for inspiration and ideas to help you truly connect with the people you care about.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Georgia Pacific. The opinions and text are all mine.