3 Life Hacks for Busy Moms
Whether you have a career, kids in school and activities or both, you're probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. It might seem like you don't have time to do anything anymore. Here's a rundown of what your day is probably like: In the morning, you have to prepare the kids' lunch, take them to school and then go to work. When you come home, you might have to get some cleaning and laundry done. After that, it's afternoon and the kids are out of school. So you pick them up and now, it's time to cook dinner. Once you've done the dishes, it's probably evening, which means the kids need a bath. After bath time, you tuck them in. Once you hit your own bed, it's lights out and the day is over.
How can you lengthen your days and make them feel a bit less mundane? Follow these tips.
1. Cut Cooking Time in Half
Cooking is what you make it. It doesn't have to be a chore. Just think of it like you were buying some stylish white leather sneakers. Get in the habit of making cooking fun as you do with shopping. Then, try to figure out ways to decrease the time it takes for you to make a meal. There are various ways to make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable. Such methods include:
- Meal prepping: Take one day out of the week that isn't busy and cook up a bunch of meals you and your family can have for lunch. You can meal prep salads, soups, and other delicious dishes. Another tip is to cut up veggies, grate cheese and mix sauces ahead of time so that you're more likely to use these ingredients during the week.
- Batch cooking: This is a great solution for busy moms because batch cooking allows you to double your recipes, eat one for dinner and freeze the other. On days when everything is a bit hectic, you can grab a freezer meal and throw it in the oven. It doesn't take long to heat up your meal, especially if you chose a good freezer meal recipe.
- Using leftovers: Leftovers are great for those nights you just don't feel like cooking. Using leftovers is also a great way to utilize what you have. This way, you're eliminating waste. Eating leftovers is also a great way to save on your grocery bill. If you want a really good leftover night, double your recipes so that it's enough for everyone.
- Cooking with the Crockpot: The Crockpot is an awesome tool for busy moms. Right before you leave for work, all you have to do is dump your ingredients into the Crockpot and go. Your meal will be done and ready to eat when you get home.
2. Get Everyone Involved in Household Chores
If your children are old enough to clean up after themselves and do chores, why not take advantage of the help you can get? You can start your kids while they're young, even at one or two. At these ages, your kids want your approval and praise, which means they'll be more willing to help.
As you get your spouse and kids on board with household chores, you'll likely feel less overwhelmed.
3. Outsource Grocery Shopping
With today's technology, you don't have to step foot in the grocery store if you don't want to. You can order your groceries online. This can remove a lot of pressure to go grocery shopping when your kids have tons of sports and activities throughout the day. Just complete a grocery order online and go pick them up. You can have them delivered to your door as well. Then, the only thing you have to do is put everything away.
Parenting will always be a challenging part of life, but there are hacks that can make things a whole lot easier. Once you implement some of these hacks, you'll feel a huge weight lift from your heavy shoulders.