Moms are busy (this is clearly no surprise). And I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to find ways to save time on the things I do most often.
Here are my 5 tips to be a smarter Mom, for maximizing your time and making life a little more convenient.
1. Simplify meal time. I know what meals I can make that everyone in my house will eat and I pretty much stick to those. Every once in awhile I’ll try something new, but not too often. Sticking to the same basic meals makes meal planning easier and I know I always have the right ingredients stocked in my pantry. I also stock up on my most used ingredients when they go on sale, saving time and money.
2. Make a list. Mine is prioritized by what’s the most important. (And when I add new to-do items I make sure to fit them in where they belong on the priority list.) I start at the top and get through as much as I can. Also, accept that the entire list might not get finished every day. What doesn’t get done just moves on over to the next day. (Like laundry.) I’m also working on being paperless so mine is a digital list.
3. Share the chores. The twins and Littlest all have daily chores that they are responsible for. Simple and age appropriate, but it lets them help out around the house and saves me some time. One of Oldest Twins jobs is to take out the trash. We live in a large apartment building and our trash dumpster is in the basement.
4. Online Shopping. Specifically for things that I need to buy in bulk. My kids are all out of diapers now, but I promise you, I have used more than my fair share. (I did have twins after all). Buying diapers online helps you save time and saves you from the in-store hassle of shopping with toddlers. (Saying no to yet another toy or trying to bribe them to behave with a treat.)
Right now you can get $12 off your first time Huggies purchases made through diapers.com on any Huggies diaper case. Just use the promotion code WOWHUGGIES. Plus, you can get free shipping on your order of $49 or more (only available to new diapers.com members).
5. Get up early. This one is the hardest for me. (I do love my snooze button.) But when I get up, dressed, and ready before the kids do the rest of the day goes so much smoother.
Now the question is, what to do with all of that time you’ve saved being smart?!
Obviously that’s up to you. I personally went with painting my nails, eating some frozen yogurt, and catching a movie.