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Top 10 Time Saving Tips for Moms

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Parenting | Tags: Mom stuff, Sponsored Post, Time Saving Tips, Top 10 Time Savers | 6 Comments »

Some days I really wonder why I ever called myself  The Slacker Mom- most days I feel like the opposite!  The daily grind of keeping everyone fed and dressed and not looking like ragamuffins can get exhausting, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve that I break out on at least a weekly basis.

These are my ten favorite time-saving tips to make your life as a busy mom easier.  Because whether you work at home or away from home, you are above all BUSY!

1-  Have little On The Go bags packed to grab for any occasion.  First-aid kit, travel games, snacks, etc….just pre-load so you can grab them on your way out the door.  I know for me the biggest time-suck  when going anywhere is getting the diaper bag packed and more than once I’ve been stuck with no diaper (or wipes or extra pants) because I can’t plan ahead.

Pre-loaded kits for traveling with kids{via}

2-  One central clothes hamper.  Every night the dirty clothes all go together and each morning I do a load of darks/ brights right away.  When I have enough for the whites/ delicates I do that load.  This helps me stay on top of laundry that quickly gets out of hand with 5 people.

3-  Put a variety of snacks in a big bowl that is easily accessible to YOU (not the kiddos).  I have my big wooden snack bowl loaded up with granola bars, cereal bars, dried fruit and crackers so they can each pick their own snack after naps.  They love the novelty of choosing for themselves and I know when I’m getting low and need to replenish.  No more reaching into a box of granola bars to only find one and three little guys giving me the stink-eye because I promised granola bars.

4-  Fold matching outfits together in dresser drawers.  I have twins so instead of hunting for two shirts that go together I just fold them together and I just have one neat little package to pull out in the morning.  It really cuts down on the atrocious mis-matched outfits Yogi Dad comes up with left to his own devices!

5-  One kid at a time in the bathtub.  I know it seems counter-productive, but for us having an assembly line type thing going really works.  I get one kid in the tub, get him washed, Yogi Dad deposits number two in the tub, takes number one to get him in his Jim-Jams and so on and so forth.  I don’t have the fighting or extra splashing or general chaos that comes with all three in the tub at once and when I get the last one out, two are ready for bed!

6-  Utilize the Drive-thru.  If I have the boys with me, you can bet I am not getting in and out of the car to run in for coffee or lunch.  I have even heard of one enterprising Mom cruising through a Taco Bell Drive-Thru for those little pints of milk- GENIUS if you need it in a pinch!

7-  The Clutter Basket!  I have a laundry basket that I take from room to room each night and collect all the stray “stuff” that needs to go from room to room.  It saves me about 9,000 trips over the course of the week because my boys like to drag everything they can to where it does not belong.

8-  Have 3-ring binders for all the “stuff” they have.  Having just gone through a super extensive application process for insurance I now know I have very limited organizational skills.  With one 3-hole punch and a few color coordinated 3-ring binders I am able to keep each kids stuff filed away instead of languishing at the bottom of a pile of papers just waiting to accidentally be tossed out.  Also related to this- COLOR CODING!  All my boys know their color and they stick to their own plates/ sippy cup/ shirts etc.  This also helps teachers at school.

9-  Plan a general weekly meal plan and stick to it.  By general I mean I have 5-6 meals that you will eat in that week but you can be flexible in what you eat each day.  If I plan to grill on Monday and it’s a monsoon at dinnertime I’m probably not going to grill, no biggie!  I also leave a day for leftovers because if I plan 7 dinners I never actually get around to making all seven dinners in a single week.

10- Keep a computer in the kitchen!  When we moved we put the laptop on the kitchen counter and it’s been awesome for pulling up recipes, keeping track of the daily to-do list and shooting off emails during the day.  Because I’m standing at the counter I don’t get too comfortable and linger longer than I should.

So, what is your favorite time-saving tip?  I know I have a lot of Moms who read that are full of great ideas!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Starbucks blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

 

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6 Comments on “Top 10 Time Saving Tips for Moms”

  1. 1 StephanieinSuburbia said at 8:43 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    Ok the packages in #1 are GENIUS! My husband bought me a purse organizer that I toss in and out of the diaper bag, but I am ALWAYS low on something. Having a system like that, even if it were just ziplocs, would be great. Thanks for these fantastic ideas!

  2. 2 Kris said at 12:07 pm on June 30th, 2011:

    Never seen a btteer post! ICOCBW

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  3. 3 Kara said at 9:28 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    Great suggestions. I love the binders, we all have a magazine bin on the counter, but they become a bit of a blackhole!

    We all pick out our clothes each night so there is no arguing or rushing in the morning. My five year old is very into choices right now so she picks out two out fits and then makes the final choice each morning. Much faster and much less drama in our mornings! I have a coupon organizer with the letters on each tab that I use only for restraunt coupons. As they come in the mail I toss them in the appropriate slot and I keep it in my purse so if we stop somewhere on a whim we have the coupon with us!

  4. 4 Camille said at 10:41 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    I am so favoriting this! Thanks. And oh my gosh, when my husband dresses our daughter, she looks like a ragamuffin lol.

  5. 5 Janine said at 2:18 am on June 23rd, 2011:

    I love this post! I have no idea how you have 3 children so young at once and make it through a single day. Very awesome list and I would never have guessed it was a sponsored post.

  6. 6 becky said at 8:49 pm on February 27th, 2013:

    Go through the drive-thru even if you are eating inside. Everything(food, napkins, utensils, condiments) is packed nicely in a bag and you have a drink carrier, not a tray. Plus, you get to order without having to worry that your kids are going out the emergency exit in the play area!


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