The jolt of back to school, back to work, back to back appointments, meetings and obligations can leave us with our back up against the wall.  To help keep the scattered humans in my house (namely me) positively focused, I have put in place a few little linen-y systems that help us (namely me) stay grounded where I should be grounded.

1.  We eat breakfast.  At the table.  With cloth napkins.  It can be done.  It literally takes 3 minutes to scramble an egg (and, in my house, even less time to eat).  Make the time.  Take the time.  Get good, brain un-fogging food in your people.  

2.  Set the table for dinner right after breakfast.  I picked up this tip from my friend Lyn. As soon as the last drop of milk in the last bowl of cereal is slurped down, I go ahead and lay out napkins for that night's dinner.  It is a reminder to everyone that we will be meeting there at the end of our day.  Also, it keeps the table free and clear for actual dining.  Bonus: looks pretty and fancy and like civilized people reside there.

3.  Stick a cloth napkin (our cocktail napkins are actually perfect) in a lunch box.  Stay with me... Whether for your children, your partner or yourself, it is a reminder of home and the importance of taking care of ourselves.  And I know this from experience... if you send a cloth napkin with your child, it will make its way home.  I haven't lost one yet unless you count the one left over a weekend in a hot car with a banana and an empty milk container.

4. We eat dinner together.  At the table.  With cloth napkins.  It can be done.  Make the time.  Take the time.  

None of this will get little Timmy into Harvard or make your boss give you a big fat raise, but it will make you stop the madness for just a few moments to share some time with the people that have got your back.