5 Time Saving Hacks for Busy Moms
Hey Mama! I see you there, running in circles and trying to get something, anything, done while a toddler is hanging onto your arm and the baby is screaming nearby,
I would say that I heard you there, but I’m not really sure if the noise is coming from my house or yours. Ha.
In this stage of life, as in every other stage to come, time management is important. But let’s face it, your time isn’t entirely your own, and so you need more than some lofty time management ideas. You need the in-the trenchs, down and dirty bad mama hacks.
Ok, so let’s dig right in to the good stuff.
Do it in batches. I used to do laundry every day. I thought that was what I had to do to keep up. Turns out, it’s much more efficient to do 4-5 loads twice a week. Who knew? Basically, I pick a day of the week that I can be home the majority of the day. I wash, dry, and fold all day long, then send everyone away from the dinner table with their basket to put away. Except the toddlers, of course, because that would be like shooting myself in the foot. Ha.
Same goes for vacuuming. All at once, once a week. Dishes- once at the end of the day.
So much time is wasted going back and forth between one project and another, that you will spend way less time overall.
Meal Prep. Like seriously. Imagine if your time in the kitchen on weeknights was 10 minutes. I can tell you from experience, this is AMAZEBALLS. I can prep for the entire week in 2-3 hours, and when you consider how that saves on dishes and prep time all week, it is SO WORTH IT. I always sneak in an extra meal to too as well, to build my freezer stash for when I’m in a pinch.
Keep 1 room clean. Ok so you know that fear that strikes when someone rings the doorbell unexpectedly? Or the panic when someone texts you that they are dropping by? Yeah, me either. HAHAHA.
Here’s what I do. I keep the one room by the front door clean, and keep my kids out of it (baby gates are my friend). In my case, this is the dining room. I can totally have someone over for coffee at a moments notice, so long as they don’t need to pee.
Set everything up online, and make your phone your assistant.
Nearly everything can be done online these days, and while all those accounts take some time to set up, then end up saving way more. Here’s the ninja tip: AFTER you pay or schedule something, make a note in your phone that you did it. This way you can avoid the last second OMG did I do that??!? feelings at 2am. Not that I’ve ever done that either…
Here are some ideas of things to do online: Mailing/shipping, paying bills, ordering groceries (WalMart Free pickup is the bomb. Use this link to save $10 off your first order (referral link)), schedule doctor appointments, etc.
Time Blocking is a little-used technique, but man does it work! Imagine this: it’s nap time, and you have 2 hours to cram in as much as possible. You can wander around, doing a little of this and that, but at the end, not feel like you really accomlished anything.
Instead, plan the heck out of those hours. 15 minutes to clean the powder room, 15 minutes to change the sheets, 10 minutes to pick up toys, 15 minutes to clear and wipe down kitchen counters, and 5 minutes to do the happy dance because you actually accomplished something. And you still have ann hour left! Set your timer and get it done!
Side note: I highly recommend taking part of nap time to drink tea, relax with a book, or watch your favorite show. And no guilt- you need some down time too!
Now, I’m a mom of 4, and as I write this two of them are toddlers. The other 2 are teens. We’re all over the place, all the time. And I still find time to work a business from home. This brings in some much needed extra income, and I’m nearly to my income goal that will allow me to hire a 1x weekly cleaning person. THAT is a goal worth achieving! If you would like to learn more about what I do and if I can help you do the same, you can do that HERE.