We’re all short of time, aren’t we? I lose count of how many times each day I panic that I don’t have enough time to do something. I’ve been compiling this list of time saving hacks for busy mums and dads that will help maximise the time you do have.
All the chores and boring bits of parenthood can make our quality family time limited. So here are a few ways we can try and change that and make more time for the fun stuff!
I’m not promising these tips/hacks are going to make you fall of your chair in amazement – but there might be a couple of gems for you for how to make life easier.
Time Saving Hacks for Busy Mums and Dads:
1. Meal Plan
Planning your family meals for the full week ahead means you’re not scrambling at dinner time each day. You’ll likely end up making healthier choices, waste less food that gets lost in the fridge and save money by not resorting to fast food options.
I’ve started using this meal planner to plan out all of our weekly meals. I also can create a shopping list at the same time as I’m planning so I know exactly what I need. No more last minute trips to the supermarket saves so much time!
You can grab your own meal planner here:
2. Double Up
While we’re on the subject of meal planning and prepping – try to prep ahead. When you’re cooking dinner one night, could you use the leftovers for dinner the following night?
Bolognese can be whipped into Chilli in minutes. A cooked chicken can be used for Stir Fry, Curries, Salads and so much more.
While you’re chopping vegetables, can you chop the next night’s allocation at the same time?
3. Sort the Toys
Find a toy storage system that is tidy but also easy for your kids to master – that way, from a young age they can be responsible for putting away their own toys. (I know, I know, with some coaxing).
We have a drawer unit in the lounge where different toys go in each drawer and a big box to store all legos. They’re easy for the kids to open and close for getting toys out and packing away.
4. Get the Kids to Help
On the subject of getting the kids to lend a hand, why not get them to help set the table, empty the dishwasher or sort the laundry. Depending on their age, they might be able to help out with these.
5. Help out the Kids
When your kids are old enough to help themselves to drinks or snacks, make it easier for them. It will save you time having to fetch and carry every two minutes.
We have bottles and snacks in a cupboard they can reach – with nothing potentially hazardous in there. It means they can help themselves safely.
6. Plan the Kids Outfits
My daughter particularly can take ages to get ready in the morning – now she’s in a school uniform it’s a little better! She would go back and forth for ages on what to wear.
I started having a couple of different outfit options for her to choose from hung outside of her wardrobe to lessen the choice. She still felt in control and the (very serious) outfit selection process reduced in time and stress quickly.
7. Reduce Laundry Time
How many loads of laundry do you do a week? One a day? It’s never ending! Here are some laundry tips for kids.
One thing that frustrates me is how much longer it takes when all of the clothes are turned inside out. Teach your kids to turn them the right way, before they throw them in the laundry basket. It’s one of my best laundry hacks that makes a big difference to my time.
8. Be Prepared for Car Journeys
Sometimes a long car journey, or having nothing planned at the destination, can make little kids lose the plot. Put together a quick “busy bag” of some of their toys and activities to keep them busy on car journeys, at stops along the way and at the destination. It will save you time having to frantically find ways to entertain them otherwise.
9. Clean before you Clean
This is just a tip for in the shower really – but it’s worth having a squeegee in the shower to give it a quick wipe down after each one. Less of the scum will stick (noice) so your big clean will be easier and quicker to do.
10. Another boring Cleaning Tip
I’m tidy but I hate cleaning, so it feels weird for me to dish out “cleaning tips”. Anyway, here’s another one!
When I’m on the phone, I try and do something productive at the same time – like general tidying up stuff. Yes it isn’t particularly mindful but it gets the job done.
11. Oh and another Cleaning Tip
I’m on a roll! When you’re going from room to room, take something with you that needs to go there too. E.g. folded clothes from the laundry to the bedroom. Kids toys from the hallway to the lounge. You don’t need me to spell this out.
12. Don’t be too Social
Social media is a RABBIT HOLE – one minute you’re sending someone a quick Happy Birthday message and before you know it an hour has gone by and you’ve just taken a quiz about which Game of Thrones character you should marry.
If, like me, you lack in discipline then set yourself a timer before you open up your social media account. As soon as that alarm sounds, log off and get back to what you’re supposed to be doing.
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Also let me know if this kind of post is helpful for you – I definitely have more parenting hacks and time management tips for mums to share if so!
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Do you have any time saving hacks for busy mums/dads or easy life hacks that you swear by?
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