Life can get pretty chaotic at times for working mums. You can keep your family more organized and keep your sanity in check with these time saving tips.
- Plan your meals
Planning meals on a weekly basis will definitely save you time (and money). There is nothing worse than getting home after a long day at work and having to decide what to cook for your family. When you plan your meals and your shopping list together you will have everything you need and you wont even have to think about it. I know from experience that this makes the evening run smoother when I have a meal plan in place. Sometimes it is hard enough to cook what I have planned with the kids talking about their day and wanting to show me things and it’s worse when I have to think about what I am going to cook.
- Cook in bulk
Spending an afternoon or evening doing a bulk cook up for the week ahead saves a lot of time. If you have meals ready to go in the freezer you are less like to buy take away (saving you money) and if you get home late it is one less thing you have to worry about. I know that when I am home late the last thing I want to think about is cooking so having meals ready in the freezer saves time. You can be smart with this, for example, I cook a large batch of spaghetti bolognaise and use half for a lasagna. I make enough to feed to family two nights with spaghetti bolognaise and two nights with lasagna.
- Prepare at night for the next day
Before you go to bed at night, get organised for the next day. Pack the bags, get clothes ready, lunches ready and anything else that you can do to make the morning rush easier. It will not only save you time but it will keep your stress levels in check. It get’s your day off to a good start.
- Streamline your morning routine
Get into a routine of waking at the same time every day. If you aim to get up a bit earlier than everyone in your household, you can get yourself ready in peace and quiet. It is much easier to get ready for work in peace and quiet as well as being much quicker. It is really difficult trying to get ready with a little one hanging off your leg wanting your attention – I’m sure you have all experienced this!
- Shop online (once a week)
Online shopping saves me so much time each week. When I sit down to plan our meals for the week, I have my laptop next to me and order what I need as I plan. This process takes me less than half an hour and I can do it in my pajamas in bed if I want to. Most of the time I do it in the evening and have it delivered the following evening. Planning a week at a time is easy and the food stays fresh. It definitely keeps our household more organised and our meals relatively stress free.
- Create a cleaning routine
Create a cleaning routine at home for those areas that you do every so often like dusting the cornices, cleaning the kitchen cupboards, dusting ceiling fans or cleaning blinds. Think of it as breaking up your spring clean into manageable chunks. It will seem easier to manage and easier for you to keep on top of it.
- Clean as you go
I don’t know about you, but I hate housework. But I do like having a clean and tidy home. What I have learnt since having kids is to clean as you go. I find it almost impossible to clean the whole house in one go with the kids home. I am always cleaning and organising to keep the house tidy. This isn’t always a reality but I know that when I clean as I go on a regular basis the house stays tidy and is easier to keep clean.
- Shop in the sales
Use the sales to shop for birthday presents you know you have coming up. This is also a great way to shop for Christmas presents. If you buy five gifts in the sales it will not only save you money but it will save you time as you are visiting the shops once rather than five times. Buy your cards and wrapping paper at the same time too and you will feel super organised.
- Keep your paperwork in order
There are so many documents when keeping a house in order and it is easy for bills and paperwork to pile up. Rather than letting it get out of control work out a filing system that works for you. Once you have a system in place make sure you are filing regularly. You could do this as you go or do it once a week when you do you meal planning. Having your paperwork in order will make it easy to find documents and not waste time searching for them.
- Work out where you waste time
We all waste time in different ways whether it be looking for keys, watching tv, spending 20 minutes in the shower or surfing the internet and social media for hours in the evenings. Work out areas that you waste time and limit the time you dedicate to these activities. This will free up time for another activity or time out for you.