Running errands, picking up kids from school, juggling a thousand different responsibilities every day – if there’s one thing every mom needs, it’s a little more free time!
So to help you out, we’ve got some great time-saving tips to help busy moms on the go:
1. Make a Homework Box
Create a “Homework Box” for your kids, full of supplies for homework and school projects. Make sure it includes pencils, markers, glue, tape, erasers, rulers, colored pencils and so on. It’s easy for little ones to find everything they need in one place – which saves time and eliminates a lot of stalling!
2. De-Clutter Your House
Practice the “use it or lose it” approach to keeping your home clutter-free without spending hours each week putting things away. Find a space in your house that is out of the way, and label three large bins or bags Donate, Store or Trash. As you move through the house each day, pick up anything that you know hasn’t been used in the past year and stash it in one of the bins. Then once a month, take a day to empty the bins. This inventory system is also a great way to make sure that the things taking up space in your home are the things you really love and use!
3. Get Your Kids Involved
Turn boring chores into a game and get your kids to lend a hand! For example, see who can match the most socks from the laundry or hold relay races to put toys away in other rooms of the house.
4. Practice Strategic Cleaning
Instead of trying to tackle too many jobs at once, create a cleaning strategy. Make a list of all the tasks, and check them off one by one. This will help you stay focused and get chores done faster!
5. Stock Your Fridge With Smart Snacks
Want to give your little ones snacks that are good for them instead of junk? When you get home from the grocery store, wash a bunch of fresh fruit and veggies and parcel them out into individual containers or baggies. Then, when snack time rolls around, there are healthy and tasty options available in a flash.
6. Cook Ahead!
Wondering what to serve for dinner? Instead of starting from scratch each night, cook extra portions in advance and freeze for later. You can even cook more of individual ingredients – for example, making a double batch of pasta or cooking extra chicken. This gives you plenty of options on hand to whip up meals the next day!
Tell us, what’s your best time-saving tip?