Finding ways to make mommying easier is a life goal of mine.
I want to waste less time cleaning and organizing and cooking and dictating and driving all kinds of people to all kinds of places so I have more time for eating cookie dough while my kids are at school soaking up these young family moments that are rushing away from me.
I suck at all of that housekeeping type stuff anyway. I’m a terrible cleaner, I don’t like to cook, driving stresses me out, and the only thing remotely organized around here is my disorganization.
It’s as creepy as it sounds actually.
Finding ways to do every thing faster, better, and with less effort is basically my life goal.
I asked some of my online mom friends to help me learn how they simplify their day-to-day mom tasks and here is what they had to say.
Mom Hacks: Ways to Save Money, Time & Effort
Make an appointment with the tasks you hate.
And then don’t cancel it. Or obsess about it. “I make a list of tasks that I hate doing like filing paperwork or fixing my daughter’s hair bows. Once a week I tackle my list for one hour. I’m amazed at how much I can get done in one hour and it gets all those tasks that go undone since there is no deadline.” –Ally, Mom of 3, Twingle Mommy
Let the husband do the Target runs.
“The one thing I’ve done recently to save money…. is to send my husband to Target for diapers. He goes on his lunch break and LITERALLY only picks up diapers and wipes. I have no self control there…. even though I justify everything I buy there….” –Jenny
Meal planning and grocery lists.
They’re sort of a pain, but they’re also really kind of worth it when it comes to staying organized and saving money and making sure your kids eat more than McDonald’s to stay alive. You can read my post on how to meal plan to get started. –DudeMom
If you don’t use it, chuck it.
I’m sort of a beauty product hoarder. Because, um, I’m not sure why actually, I just am. Under my sink is filled with bottles of half used products that I gave up on before I finished them. Waste of space (never mind the money I wasted). “I only have managed one thing and that’s not keeping ingredients in the kitchen that we don’t eat, not keeping hair/beauty products that I don’t need, not hanging onto cleaning stuff that I don’t use. Saves so much space. (The rest of the house is chaos.)” –Kim
Listen to Pinterest.
Personally, 95% of the stuff I see on Pinterest is just for pretty. I know I’m not going to be able to pull it off and I rarely waste time trying. But, when it comes to certain topics, like being organized, Pinterest is actually inspiring in a way that results in action. Check out some of my favorite how to be organized pins for inspiration. –DudeMom