14 Brilliant Time Saving Tips for Moms

14 Brilliant Time Saving Tips for Moms

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BRILLIANT TIME SAVING TIPS FOR MOMS

You’ve got 99 problems and having too much time on your hands is absolutely not one of them. From keeping your kids alive, maintaining a home, and working you’ve got your hands more than full.

In fact, you need to find more time in your day so you don’t go full-on crazy.

I feel ya. With 4 small kids, a busy house, and a job, I know exactly what it feels like to be drowning in responsibilities and wishing for more time every single day.  

Which is why I’ve made it practically my life’s mission to figure out how moms can save time and live with more peace and well being. So I’m here with the best time saving tips for moms with no time on their hands.

1) Make one dinner for everybody (even the picky eaters).

If you have picky eaters, you can feel like you need to make separate meals for the kids in order to make sure they each. However, research suggests that making separate meals only perpetuates picky eating and unhealthy habits. And it makes you run around like a chicken with your head cut off at every meal.  

But Mama, you don’t have to be a short order cook to get everyone to eat. Best thing for your kids and you is to make ONE healthy meal with a few food options.

After reading this book, I stopped making separate food for my picky eaters. Just one meal with variety. And guess what? Not only is my life easier, but my children have become less picky and much more healthy eaters. 

2) Stick to a couple stores.

I get wanting to take advantage of the best deals, but is the hassle of running around to a million stores really worth it?

I used to do this, hauling 4 kids 4 and under around town deal hunting. A lot of time and a lot of gas later (not too mention a fair bit of tears in the car), I decided to just stick to only ever going to 3 stores near my home. On any given week, I’ll only go to 1 or 2 of them.  

My advice? Pick 2-3 stores where you can meet about 95% of your shopping needs. For the rest, use Amazon and the occasional special store run.

3) Be careful with YOUR screen time.

We get concerned about our kid’s screen time, but what about our own. Between binge-watching Netflix or Hulu and scrolling through social media feeds, a lot of our day can get sucked away in the snap of a finger.

Don’t get me wrong. I 100% believe in having relaxing time everyday. And if that means scrolling instagram or watching a late night show with your husband, then so be it. Just make sure it’s intentional time and not a mindless endeavor. 

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4) Let go of the unimportant.

Okay, I’m probably going to get hate mail for this but I think that spending a lot of time on your kid’s hair is a complete waste of time (and I’m saying this as the mother of 4 little girls). I mean, if you get serious joy and satisfaction out of creating complex hairstyles on your kid’s heads, then knock yourself out.

But if you don’t. If you feel like you’re just trying to fulfil some outside expectation. Just stop.

This principle applies to anything you feel like you should be doing to meet outside expectations, but doesn’t actually get you anywhere. Maybe it’s needing spend an hour getting ready in order to let people see you. Or getting involved with projects with your kid’s school or at your church when you really don’t have the time. 

Decide what’s really important to you and let go of the rest.

5) Plan your meals ahead of time.

Do you ever get to dinnertime with no dinner planned and your brain simply refuses to think clearly for long enough to come up with something?

Mom brain at dinner time is the worst. But it can be easily avoided.

Simply jotting down your meals for the week is going to save you so much mental energy and time during the week (you can use these free printables).

First off, planning in advance means you can be sure to get all the ingredients you’ll need on your grocery lists, avoiding unnecessary trips to the store. Secondly, you won’t have to try and scramble to put something together for dinner when you’re exhausted and your kids are lying on the floor acting as though you haven’t fed them this week.

Tip: Have a routine weekly planning session over the weekend where you sit and plan your meals for the next week. I plan my entire week every Sunday afternoon including meals, workouts, appointments, grocery lists, and top priorities.

6) Stock your freezer with meal prep.

Engaging in any degree of meal prep during your week is going to save you time. Whether you make a big batch of muffins or waffles to freeze and pull out for breakfasts or you triple your batch of spaghetti and freeze the extra, you are saving oodles of time down the road.

Meal prep doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 5 easy ways to fill your freezer with meals.

7) Keep running grocery lists.

You know those times when it suddenly pops into your brain that you are low on toilet paper or milk or body wash? Do ever then completely forget about it until after you’ve gone to the store? 

It happens to the best of us.

To avoid this, you need to have one central location that you keep your running shopping lists of everything you need. That way, when you run to the store you can see the list and know everything you need.

This could be using:

  • A list app on your phone
  • Your planner
  • A list on your fridge

Personally, I keep a running list for the 3 main stores I go to on our big family calendar. I’ve learned that if I don’t immediately run and put it on the list, I’ll probably forget and I’ll end up having to make a special trip to the store because we are down to 10 sheets of toilet paper.

Time Saving Tips for Moms

8) Use timers.

Setting timers is a wonderful way to keep both you and your kids accountable. Only want to browse Facebook for 10 minutes? Set a timer or it might end up being more like 45. 

Buried in laundry? Set a timer and do what you can in 15 minutes (and trust me, all you need is 15 minutes a day to stay up on laundry).

Want your kids to clean up? Put on some greats music and set a timer.

Timers can be a major time saver. We set a timer every evening with our girls. Before bed, they have to have the playroom and their bedrooms picked up. We set a timer for between 5-10 minutes, depending on the mess.

It used to take 40 minutes of us repeatedly nagging them to stop playing and clean before we started setting the timers on our phones. Now, if their messes aren’t clean before the timer goes off, they lose a bedtime story and song (our girls will do anything to make sure their get their story and song).

Now the messes vanish in minutes and our bedtime routine takes almost half the time. Timers for the win!

9) Make use of grocery pickup.

When I did grocery pickup for the first time (i.e. you order groceries online and then park at the store where somebody brings it all out to you) I swear the heavens opened and choirs of angels were singing.

Within minutes of arriving, everything on my lists was packed neatly into the back of my van. No dragging my kids up and down a store over the course of an hour with them begging to buy toys or candy. No tantrums mid-store where kindly passersby comment that my hands “sure are full” while my children cry and I fantasize about eating an entire box of Milkduds alone in my room.

Instead, with grocery pickup, shopping with kids is quick and easy.

I use Walmart’s free grocery pickup and it has been a game changer. You order the day before and schedule pickup (i always schedule the mornings because that’s when it’s the least busy in my area). You drive over, someone comes out and puts everything in your car, and you are on your way. I highly recommend it.

See if Walmart pickup is in your area. Follow this link and get $10 off your first purchase. You’re gonna love the convenience.   

10) Let your kids dress themselves.

This is one of those win-win scenarios. your learn independence and are thrilled to have control over their clothes and you don’t have to spend any time dressing them. Concerned about what people think? Review tip #4.

I adopted this more out of necessity than choice. Before I knew it, I was a mom of 4 girls 4 and under teaching college history classes part time. I couldn’t have dressed me kids if I’d wanted to. But once my girls hit 2, they’ve all shown a big interest in dressing themselves. So I’ve let them. They get to develop their own sense of style, learn responsibility, and also exert some control in their lives. All while I don’t have to do anything

11) Keep consistent routines.

When something becomes routine, it means it’s something that you automatically do and don’t have to think about it. If you don’t have a set routine to workout each week, then every day it’s a time-wasting battle to decided whether you will or won’t. Without set routines, you end up stumbling through your day and wasting time.

Routines are the key to a smooth and organized mom life. Everything you want to accomplish daily and weekly should be built into a routine to make sure it gets done whether it’s grocery shopping, self care, cleaning, laundry, reading, or working out.

12) Declutter. 

The fewer things you have, the less time you spend cleaning and organizing your home. While there are many methods to do this, I highly recommend Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Before the birth of my fourth kid, I felt like I was drowning in stuff. How on earth was I going to fit another human in our house when it felt like we were about to spill out the windows and doors? Then a friend recommended this book. I devoured it within a couple days and immediately started implementing her strategies.

The result? We were able to clear out at least ⅓ of our belongings, make over $600 through Craigslist and a garage sale, and our home felt spacious and uncluttered. I spent far less time cleaning, while my house consistently looked and felt better.

Declutter your house. Donate your junk. And spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your life.

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13) Start your day with a plan.

Failure to plan wastes on average about 2 hours of time a day. That means if you just spend 15 minutes of your morning planning out your day, you’ll end up saving an hour and 45 minutes.

Things to consider when planning your day:

  • Your top priorities for the day. What are the most important thing you need to accomplish.
  • Meal plan
  • Scheduled appointments
  • Scheduled down time

I promise you, scheduling your day (and week) will save you so much time. Need more help? Download these free planning printables.

14) Use Amazon Prime.

You can get just about anything on Amazon. And usually within just a day or two. For the 5% of the stuff I can’t get at the 3 stores I typically visit, I go to Amazon for the rest. I can simply order online, and a day or two later it’s at my doorstep without having to drag kids around town and into a store where they will inevitably need to go pee as I’m waiting in a long checkout line.

Additionally, with their subscribe and save, a lot of household items are not only cheaper than many stores, but will come to you on a schedule so you don’t have to think about it. I love it!

SMALL STEPS LEAD TO BIG CHANGES

Even just implementing a few of these time saving tips for moms is going to make your life easier and give you more space for peace and well being. Saving time in your day will reduce overwhelm and give you time to practice self care and connect with your spouse and kids. Cut the wasted time out of your day so that you can enjoy the things in life that really matter.

You’ve got this, mama!

 

3 Brilliant Laundry Folding Hacks (Never Get Behind Again!)

3 Brilliant Laundry Folding Hacks (Never Get Behind Again!)

NEVER GET BEHIND AGAIN: 3 SIMPLE LAUNDRY FOLDING HACKS

Never fall behind on folding again with these simple folding laundry folding hacks! #laundryhacks #momhacks #laundryroutine

Do you hate folding laundry? Or is it just so hard to get to with all the other million things on your to-do list? Oh man, I feel ya sooooo much.

Having 4 kids in less than 5 years meant that laundry very quickly became the bane of my existence. Oh my gosh, it was insane. It felt like I blinked and suddenly went from doing a couple of loads a laundry a week to the seventh circle of laundry hell. 

I was drowning in the laundry of a tiny crew of dirt magnets.

Dirt magnets who routinely used their clothes as napkins. 

It was as baffling as it was depressing. I mean, how do tiny little bodies produce sooooo much laundry? Absolutely mindboggling.

And while washing laundry never seemed to be too big of a problem (because it takes like 2 seconds to start the washing machine), folding it was an another matter entirely.

While it weighed on me, it just never seemed like a pressing matter. After all, the clothes are clean.

“Do I know where that shirt is? No. But it’s clean…somewhere in these 4 overflowing baskets of clean clothes.”

Folding clothes that I’d just have to wash and fold again a week later just never got me super motivated. It felt like a waste of time.

But if I can be honest, living out of clean laundry baskets is an even greater waste of time. Not only did it take 15 minutes to find that one article of clothing my kid was searching for, but she left a mess of clothes in her wake.

That’s when I realized that the biggest waste of time was not staying on top of my folding. So I set out to figure out how I (someone who hates folding clothes with the fire of a thousand suns) could create a routine that makes it easy to keep up.

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And I did. I first figured our my 15 minute a day laundry hack and then discovered 3 fabulous folding laundry hacks to motivate me to do the dreaded task of folding clothes.

Here they are:

1) Use pairing

Pairing is one of the best ways to get yourself to do basically anything that you regularly put off, be it folding clothes or exercising.

Here’s what you do: you pair up an enjoyable task with the loathed task. You ONLY can do the fun thing if you are doing the unpleasant thing. This uses your desire to do the pleasurable task to get yourself to do the not-so-pleasurable task.

Things you can pair with folding clothes:

  • Listening to podcasts
  • Watching a specific TV show
  • Watching a movie
  • Listening to audiobooks
  • Listening to music
  • Movie date night with your husband (where you both fold together)

Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

The key is that you’ve got to be folding clothes in order to allow yourself to engage in the fun activity.

Like you can only watch your Netflix show when you fold laundry. It also has the added benefit of getting the joy of watching your show and not feeling guilty. All while getting your folding done.

2) Set an alarm and just do it just a few minutes a day. 

I had friend in college who absolutely hated goodbyes. So he would either just suddenly leave without saying a word or would give a quick, unexpected hug and take off without warning.

In his words, he was “ripping it off like a band-aid.” In other words, doing something painful really fast makes it less awful.

This is the rip-the-bandaid-off-fast method of folding clothes.

Set an alarm for 10 minutes and just fold whatever you can in that time. This makes folding quick and relatively painless. You can do anything for 10 minutes. And you may be surprised what you get done. This method works extremely well with my 15-minute a day philosophy to laundry.

3) Enlist your kids.

I’m constantly amazed as a parent how often my children learn things well before I think they’ll be able to. After introducing folding laundry to my older kids at 4 and 5 years old, they enthusiastically began to help me.

And not only are they more meticulous than I (which is not hard, I’ll admit), they actually love it. So I gotta tap into that while I can!

I started by giving them easy rectangular items, like wash clothes, dish towels, and baby blankets. They then happily moved on to their own clothes.

This is an especially great hack because not only does it take the pressure off of you, it teaches your children a new skill and gives them an important responsibility. So you’re just winning all over the place.

The key is to make it a routine and habit your kids are used to. Make them expect to help with folding each week or however it works for you.

Use the folding laundry hacks to get our laundry hell.

No matter how much you loathe folding, using these folding laundry hacks will make keeping up with your laundry painless...and maybe even enjoyable. Pick one or do as I do and use a combination of all of them. I fold for about 10 minutes a day, while listening to podcasts and enlist my children in folding towels, blankets, and most of their own clothes.

You’ve got this, mama!

 

The Laundry Hack that Will Change Your Life

The Laundry Hack that Will Change Your Life

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The Laundry Hack that Will Change Your Life

We’ve all done it. We’ve all gone through periods of time where life is crazy and laundry is too overwhelming. So we end digging through piles of clean laundry every time we need something.

Or wearing a swim suit because there is no clean underwear.

No one could be more guilty than me. With 4 kids, laundry has straight up been the bane of my very existence. No matter what I did, I could never escape the piles that seemed to grow like mold throughout my house. 

(Seriously, how do little bodies make sooooooo much laundry?!?!)

And while I could usually stay up on cleaning laundry, folding it was and entirely different battle altogether. So my house would be full of disorganized baskets of clean laundry.

How many hours of my life I’ve spent digging through those baskets looking for specific items and praying for a laundry fairy, I’ll never know. Laundry has been crazy overwhelming until I discovered this simple laundry hack that has turned it all around.

The simple laundry hack that will change your life.

It’s crazy simple: Spend 15 minutes a day on laundry.

I know, you’re skeptical. How could you not be? I mean, it seems like it would have to defy the laws of nature for 15 minutes a day to actually tackle your laundry.

But here’s the thing: it does. It absolutely works. My formerly skeptical friends now rock their laundry i just a few minutes a day. 

A truth I’ve come to understand more and more is this: small and consistent efforts FAR outweigh the impact of massive and sporadic efforts. And this could be no more true than in the magic of 15 minutes a day on laundry. Here’s all you do during your 15 minutes:

  • Gather up your laundry
  • Throw a load in the washer
  • Fold the load in the dryer from yesterday
  • Then at some point in the day you take 10 seconds to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer

So easy, right? It is. And it has been that magic sauce I needed to completely destroy those laundry piles. I’ll throw a podcast on my bluetooth speaker (which follows me around the house as I clean) and in no time I’m done.

Even if I skip a day, I can usually get away just picking up the next day. Worst case scenario, I run two loads the following day.

And best of all, it saves sooooo much time in the end. You’ll actually spend way less time dealing with laundry with this strategy. Here’s why.

How it saves time:

  • No more searching through piles of clean clothes
  • No more clean clothes mixing with dirty clothes as one searches wildly through baskets of clean clothes (which results in having to rewash everything because you don’t know what’s clean. Or did that just happen to me a million times?)
  • No full days of having to wash load after load after load because there is nothing clean in your house
  • No waiting around for needed clothes to come out

Do you see!?! NOT tackling laundry is actually super time consuming. Which is why this little 15 minutes a day works. You stop wasting your valuable time.

A little bit everyday = no buildup and no stress

This laundry hack has absolutely changed my life. And it can change yours too.

By biting off a little every single day, you will never let piles add up. You will always have plenty of clean items, and clean clothes will get put away quickly. As much as I hate folding clothes, if I just have to do a little bit I just rip it off like a bandaid and get it done!

With this insanely simple and doable laundry hack, you’ll totally be able to stay up with your laundry.

Don’t let piles of laundry destroy your will to live. By building 15 minutes of laundry into your daily routine you can not only stay up on laundry, but save so much time doing so. Skeptical? Just try it for a few day and see what happens.

Let me know how it goes!

 

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7 Healthy & Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfasts That Will Change Your Morning

7 Healthy & Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfasts That Will Change Your Morning

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7 Healthy & Delicious Meal Prep Breakfasts

No matter how you slice it, mornings are crazy if you have a young family. With kids and babies demanding to be fed, it’s all too easy to turn to processed foods like eggo waffles, sugar-laden cereals, or perhaps slip through a drive thru before you head to the school drop off line.

If you want healthy, simple, budget friendly alternatives then these make-ahead breakfasts will absolutely change your life.

These can be prepared in bulk and will alleviate much of the stress of crazy mornings by providing healthy, filling, food for the whole family.

These recipes literally save my life. Daily. 

Honestly, I couldn’t survive 4 kids 5 and under without preparing breakfasts in advance. 

Once they wake up, I’ve got to get food in their little bodies or we are barrelling full-speed down the road to disaster.

However, it’s really important to me that my family eats healthy food. So I try to avoid the processed junk, but there is no way I could make a nice healthy breakfast every morning without completely losing my mind.

So these recipes literally start my day off on the right foot. We get to start the day will fantastic healthy breakfasts that have been prepared ahead of time.

These recipes can all be prepared quickly in bulk, and frozen or stored in the fridge. 

7 healthy & delicious breakfast meal prep recipes

7 Healthy and Simple Make Ahead Meals

 

1) Protein Banana muffins — A Sassy Spoon

Holy smokes, we love these guys. Not only does every member of my family love them, they always disappear very quickly at potlucks. I quadruple the recipe and put them in gallon freezer bags. In the morning, it just takes 30 seconds in the microwave and–boom–delicious breakfast! 

Since I legit make breakfast muffins A LOT, I started using these amazing silicone muffin tins and no more scrubbing metal baking pans. Wahoo!!!

Tip: Prepare the muffins according to directions, but don’t add the choco chips. Instead sprinkly a few on the top before baking. This limits the chocolate and really helps with equal choco distribution (I found that they tend to pool in the bottom) 

From A Sassy Spoon

 

2) Green smoothie prep packs — Clean Food Crush  

Green smoothies are a great way to start your day with a blast of plant-based vitamins. This is a fantastic recipe to start you out with freezer smoothie packs. And you can take the concept and literally put in any smoothie ingredients that you want. Before blending, I also love to add various seeds and nuts to add a bit of protein. 

3) Whole Wheat Freezer waffles — Real Mom Nutrition

As easy to prep as eggs waffles, but sooo much healthier! I pop them in the toaster and top with PB and a little bit of maple syrup. Kids love them!

From Real Mom Nutrition

 

4) Blueberry Coconut Almond Overnight Oats — Organize Yourself Skinny

Oh my gosh, these oats in mason jars are genius. She has loads of different recipes at her site (I also seriously love her mason jar salad recipes) and I’ve yet to try one I didn’t like.

We love this particular recipe and it’s just so stinkin’ easy. Just throw some ingredients into a mason jar, mix, and stick in the fridge overnight. You eat these oats cold and they last for up to 5 days.  I love to add chia seeds and substitute steel cut oats (I just add a bit more almond milk).

From Organize Yourself Skinny

 

5) Healthy Veggie Egg Muffins — Eat Yourself Skinny

Oh my gosh, I love these! These are great veggie-filled egg muffins. Protein and fiber for the win! I like to use spinach (since that is a staple I always have) and sharp cheddar cheese along with plenty of zucchini. Again, these silicone muffin trays are heaven sent–scrubbing eggs off metal pans is no fun. 

From Eat Yourself Skinny

 

6) Protein blueberry muffins — Thriving Home Blog

Another muffin favorite at our house. These blueberry muffins are packed with fiber and flavor! Freeze in gallon freezer bags. Microwave for 30 seconds and you’re good to go! I also love them as quick snacks during the day.

7) Whole Wheat Pumpkin Freezer pancakes — Thriving Home Blog

My kids are obsessed with these pancakes right now. They are so tasty! The pumpkin adds a tasty alternative to plain pancakes. I freeze them in gallon bags between small sheets of parchment paper so they separate easily.  

Microwave or toast for a quick breakfast! We top ours with PB and maple syrup. So yummy.

from Thriving Home Blog

 

Which recipes look best to you?

These recipes will make your mornings so much easier and healthier. You can prepare them in bulk when you have time and pull them out for delicious and guick breakfasts for you and your family.

Let me know which ones you try!

 

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