13 Mom Hacks To Make Life Easier
1. Get in the Right Mindset
We’ve all been told that if you’re on a plane that’s going down, you should put your own air mask on first before trying to help others. This principle holds especially true to being a mom. When your mind is full of worries, stress, and negative thoughts, you struggle to be the mom your kids need. Keep track of your mental health by adopting healthy habits. Meditating five minutes before you begin your day can help you feel relaxed and able to handle whatever life throws at you.
2. Get a Planner
Keep track of dates and important deadlines in a cute and colorful planner. Many planners come with spaces for daily list keeping as well as calendar views for keeping track of monthly events. Make a habit of updating your planner whenever you find out about a new event. Whether you carry it in your purse or on your smart phone, a planner can help you stay on track and not forget about things you need to do!
3. Get in a Routine
One way to make things run smoother is to get in a routine that helps you stay a step ahead. Mornings can be one of the most difficult times for moms. To make your morning run smoothly, prep the night before. Have your kids pick an outfit from head to toe and lay it out. Pack lunches the night before and make sure all bags and purses are ready to go. While it may add to your afternoon workload, it will decrease the mayhem the next morning, and ensure you get everyone out of the door on time.
4. Make Use of Your Crockpot
There are literally thousands of crockpot recipes that can be made in a matter of minutes! Just add your ingredients first thing in the morning, set it, and forget it. You’ll walk in the door to a fully cooked meal or main course, allowing you to focus your attention on other things. This can be especially useful when kids are playing sports or participating in other events that make nights hectic.
5. Do Your Shopping Online
Many grocery stores now offer free online shopping services that can cut down on stress and workload for busy moms. Shopping for your groceries online also helps you avoid the “going to the store hungry” syndrome where you buy everything in sight! You can better keep track of items you’re adding to your cart as well and keep an eye on your total.
6. Set a Schedule for Cleaning
Keeping the house clean can be one of the biggest challenges for moms! One way to make things easier is to set a schedule for when each task should be done. This can make you feel like you’re on top of the clutter, instead of being overwhelmed by trying to do it all at once. Every day when you get home, set a timer for ten minutes. Clean up as much of the visible clutter you can find within that time frame. Enlist the help of your kids too by giving them age appropriate chores! It can help to get in the routine of always picking up the living areas each night before bed. Bins and storage baskets can be a great help for keeping items in a safe place and out of sight!
7. Prep As Much As Possible
One way to cut down on early morning chaos is to pack lunches for the week on Sunday. Dole out baggies of chips, fruit, and sandwiches. Each morning you can just grab and go instead of having to rush to make your sandwich!
8. Become a Minimalist
One of the biggest reasons we spend so much time cleaning is that there is so much to clean! Cut down on your work load by getting rid of non-essential items in your bedroom or shared spaces. Try to keep your furniture and decor as minimal as possible in order to have fewer surfaces to clean when the time comes for housework!
9. Take Advantage of Online Coupons
Many stores now offer online coupons that can be downloaded right to your smart phone! When it’s time to check out, if you’ve got a downloaded coupon that can be used, a quick scan of your phone will have you saving cash! Plus, with the coupons being digital you can avoid having to carry around all those paper ones.
10. Pinch Your Pennies
The coins that come out of your pockets each day can add up over time! Keep a jar or bowl where everyone knows to put extra change. At the end of the month, use it to go grab lunch!
11. Keep Track with To-Do Lists
A great way to stay on top of what you need to do for the day is to make to-do lists using a simple tool like the "notes" app that usually comes on all smartphones. In the morning, sit down and list all of the things you know will need your attention that day. Refer back to it throughout the day to ensure you don’t miss anything.
12. Clean as You Go
When you’re taking a shower, grab your cleaning sponge and use body scrub to wipe away soap scum and grime. You’re killing two birds with one stone. Getting yourself clean as well as your tub, and since you’re using shower gel, you’re not being exposed to chemicals!
13. Learn How to Say ‘No’
It’s okay to not be available for every social event or play date. If you have had an especially busy week or know your kids are tired, have the courage to say no, and know that it doesn’t make you a bad person. Sometimes you just have to say no to some things in order to say yes to others.
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