Mothers are always busy. They have children to take care of, activities to drive to, meals to cook, houses to clean – and the list goes on. There are ways to make it all easier, however.
10 Ways To Save Time For a Busy Mom:
- Let go of perfection. This one is mastered quickly once you go past three children. I was a perfectionist with one child. Now, with five, I care if they are dressed in clean clothes and nobody is missing their shoes. As you are striving for perfect haircuts for your boys and perfect dresses for your girls, as well as homemade meals, made of perfect, gourmet ingredients, you are wasting time that could be spent doing important things that you actually want to be doing with your time. And yes, you will be judged by other, “more perfect” mothers. You should see the looks I get when my kids leave the pool with wet hair in the winter. I don’t care. I accomplish things.
2. Always think what is more important. I see a lot of moms starting to take care of one thing, then children pulling them towards another thing and then they notice a cobweb in the upper right hand corner and it never ends for them. Unless you enjoy wasting time, come up with what do you want to accomplish each month, week, each day and each hour. This way, even as children and responsibilities pull you in different directions, you will keep your eyes on the “prize,” which is what you care about.
3. Pre-cook your staples. What do you eat a lot as a family? It could be rice or pasta or certain kind of meat or potatoes. Cook a lot of that and keep it in the fridge, ready. Then, when mealtimes come, warm it up, adding to it fresh ingredients, like vegetables. This way, your cooking will take you 15 minutes, instead of hours.
4. Evaluate your laundry situation. Unless you enjoy doing laundry non-stop, make sure the kids don’t put everything in the laundry hamper. My children used to like to wear a shirt for three hours and then throw it in the hamper for me to wash. It wastes time. Unless the clothes are soiled, stained or dirty, there is no need to repeatedly wash them.
5. Think before you buy clothes for children. A lot of clothing equals a lot of wasted time to sort through, to put away, etc. Little clothing means a lot of laundry. Think about what you prefer. Buy very little of the types of clothing, which require dry cleaning and ironing. If you have multiple children, buy all white socks, so you don’t waste time looking for matching socks for everyone.
6. Get rid of the extra stuff. The more stuff you have in your house, the more cleaning, dusting, and organizing you need to do. All of this wastes your precious time. Unless you enjoy being a servant to your stuff, get rid of most of it.
7. Don’t be afraid to hire help. Help can be relatively inexpensive, if not used all that often. If someone comes in and thoroughly cleans your house once a month, it saves you time, while you only do maintenance work in between.
8. Don’t be afraid to enlist your children to help. Children only benefit from being raised to serve others. They can dust, mop, vacuum, take out the trash and more. Assign chores, supervise, hold them accountable to their responsibilities. It will only make them better people.
9. Don’t be afraid to use machinery to help. Robot vacuum cleaners, slow-cookers, and online shopping can make your life easier by saving time.
10. If you can, cook twice as much food as you need. This won’t work for every meal, but often you can make two casseroles instead of one, or bake two batches of muffins, or make twice as many pancakes as you need. You can cook soup in two pots and roast vegetables on two trays. The leftovers get frozen or refrigerated for another meal on another day. Just add a bright fresh salad or a nice piece of fruit to your reheated meal and you are golden. Furthermore, leftovers become nice snacks for the children to reheat if they are hungry.