This is such a hectic time of year with kids in school and holidays creeping around the corner, so that’s why I wanted to come up with a list of timesavers for busy moms. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or you work full time, these tips will help you and your family manage your crazy schedule and get things done. Do you think these timesavers for busy moms will work for you?
1. Prepare Meals in Advance
One of the biggest trending timesavers for busy moms that I’ve seen on Facebook or other blogs is to prepare meals in advance. Some busy moms cook all of one week’s meals on the weekend and freeze them. Then during the week when you have a million things to do or your teens are home looking for something to eat, all you have to do is reheat the prepared meal and it’s ready in minutes!
Staying organized as a family with storage bins that are labeled, keeping things where they should be, and actually throwing away junk mail can really help you save time. A great way to help you find your keys, incoming and outgoing mail, and remember important phone calls to return, is to have an entryway station, or “command center,” where these items are always placed. Use a bin on the station for incoming mail and another for outgoing, a key hook rack above the station, and a notepad that all important phone calls get written down on.
3. Make Lists
This is not only helpful for grocery shopping, but great for remembering things you need to do during the week. If someone needs or wants something the next time you go grocery shopping, they must put it on the list; my husband is great at remembering this one! Also, if you have a busy day planned, write things down and check them off as you go so nothing is forgotten about. Making a list isn’t something to be ashamed about if you’re a busy person; you can’t remember everything!
4. Write It on the Calendar
This has really helped our family, especially when everyone wants me to remember what we’re supposed to be doing or whose birthday party we have coming up! Whether you still write it down on a paper calendar or use the one on your phone, writing down important dates can really help you plan ahead and not feel rushed at the last minute.
5. Pay Bills Online
Before many banks had the option of a bill payer, each month my husband would sit down for an hour or so and write up every bill. Now that we have an automatic monthly system of our bank paying our bills online, he has cut down on the time he spends sorting everything out. Plus, online banking saves us from getting a lot of mail. Go green, people!
Ask for help when you need it and learn to delegate certain things to other members of your family. If your kids are getting older, have them start a chore chart to help around the house. When my teen girls’ dirty laundry was getting to be two loads or more a week, my husband and I taught them how to do it themselves. This saved me a lot of time, plus now if they don’t have something clean they needed at the last minute, it’s no longer on my shoulders...bonus!
7. Do Things the Night before
When everyone is trying to get out the door at the same time in the morning, it can be a bit hectic and overwhelming. Instead of worrying about what the kids are wearing and what they want on their sandwiches the day of, set their clothes out at night (always checking the weather forecast) and pack their lunches the night before. For some families, giving the kids a bath or having them shower the night before will save a lot of time as well.
Have any of these timesavers for busy moms helped you, do you still keep up with them?