Being a mother is a full-time job. Actually, it’s so much more than a full-time job – you don’t get lunch breaks, vacation time, or a chance to clock out at 5:00. It’s a 24/7 job, and juggling all your mommy responsibilities with your work responsibilities can be hectic and stressful sometimes. Working moms often have too many things to do with so little time, and they rarely get to relax and spend quality time with their children. That is why I want to share some of my best life hacks to save you time!
Best Life Hacks For Moms To Save Time
“You know your life has changed when going to the grocery by yourself is a vacation.” – Motherhood
If this sounds familiar to you, you’d find the following list of time-saving life hacks for moms that will help free up a little time in your schedule for you to have fun with your children.
Enlist the help of smartphone apps.
Smartphones aren’t just for Instagram and Angry Birds. You can actually use your smartphone as a time management tool! There are thousands and thousands of apps designed to help you save time shopping, managing your schedule, organizing your receipts, planning meals, and even find lost items! WorkingMother.com has a great list of 25 super helpful apps for working moms.
Create a daily must-do list.
This is one of the best life hacks for moms. When you have so much to do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not get much done. An easy fix to this problem is to create a super short to-do list with only three things you absolutely must get done that day. You can create the list either the night before or the morning of. Doing this will help you focus on your tasks and find time to complete them between working and taking care of your kids.
Organize your pantry by meal.
Get two baskets – one for lunch, and one for dinner – for each day of the week. Put all the pantry ingredients for one meal in a basket and, if necessary, take a notecard and write down the rest of the ingredients you’ll need to grab from the fridge. That way, you can just pick a basket when you’re ready to prepare a meal. This saves a lot of time, especially in the morning when you’re putting together lunch for your kids!
Get a stylish low-maintenance haircut.
Once you become a mother, your hour-long hairstyling sessions in the bathroom are automatically nixed from your schedule. With a baby, you barely have any time to even brush your hair. Forget getting haircuts that require a lot of time to style. Instead, get a simple haircut that will look fantastic after being air-dried. You’ll find life so much easier when you can just shower and go.
Wear minimal makeup (and still look stunning).
Forget the concealer, blush, and eyebrow pencil. Cut your makeup application time in half by just covering the essentials – your eyes and lips. Take only a few minutes to put on eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss, and you’re good to go. Try his natural remedy dark circles under eyes.
Throw on a pair of sunglasses.
If you absolutely cannot spare a few minutes to put makeup on and if you’re planning on spending the day outside, just slip on a pair of sunglasses before leaving the house. The sunglasses will cover your mascara-less eyes (and the dark bags underneath). No one will be the wiser!
Spray your freshly-painted nails with cooking spray.
If you’re the type of mother who feels naked without beautifully manicured nails, we have good news for you: cooking spray makes your nails dry almost instantly! After your nails dry (within 30 seconds), wash off the cooking spray and you’re ready to run around with your kids, pick them up, clean them up, feed them, or play with them… with gorgeous nails!
Have your kids pitch in.
Picking up after your kids is so time-consuming, and you can save so much time if your kids pull their weight around the house. If your kids are old enough, or when they reach the appropriate age, teach them to put their dirty dishes in the sink, sort their dirty laundry, fold their clean laundry, make their beds, put their toys away, and do other chores around the house. This is a great way to teach your kids responsibility, which will come in very handy when they get a place of their own.
Which of these do you think were the best life hacks for moms?
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James Oliver says
As a father of new twins, I can totally relate to the grocery store-vacation quote! I’ll share these with my wife. Thanks.
I especially am intrigued with the food organized by meals concept.
Paula Schlick says
What? Seriously? Cooking spray? That is valuable information I may need to test out. Thanks!