Time is never in abundance when you’re a busy mom. As a mother of 8, I know this fact first hand. As years have passed, I’ve found a number of time-saving tips for busy moms which I feel work best for me. However when I’ve shared them with other moms, or moms to be, once they’ve implemented these time saving ideas themselves, they find these methods working for them as well. Some of these follow.
Recycle Worn Clothing
Since becoming a mom, do you ever feel like your life is all about laundry? I think most busy moms do. However, you can cut back on at least some of the laundry by re-evaluating which clothes are really soiled, stained, and smelly, and which clothes could pass for wearing again. The best clothes for this are those which don’t need to be ironed of course, and don’t need dry cleaning. Just purchase some fabric spray and give these “recycled” clothes a spritz to keep them looking and smelling fresh through the 2nd round.
Make Meals Ahead of Time
When I was married, my ex-husband always cooked large meals over the weekends when he was home. This was great, not only because he was really good at cooking, but he would make enough to use on a couple of days throughout the week. I would often take his pasta dishes and roasts, or other prepped ahead food, and make brand new dishes out of them. For instance, if he made a huge batch of pasta and meatsauce, I’d use it in a casserole type of dish later that week. It worked great… so much so, that now that we’re divorced, I try to stick to the same routine.
This works well especially after someone has had a new baby. At least that’s been my experience. Using the dish my friend made gave me a day off of cooking, and more time with the new addition. Anyway, just make a 2nd batch of lasagne, or whatever your dish is, then swap that 2nd batch with another friend’s 2nd batch dish. You each get a night free of cooking and cleaning. and if your friends a good in the kitchen, that’s even more of a bonus.
Arrange a kid swap with another mom friend. Plan a day where you can take her kids, and have her reciprocate on another day. You’ll have a few hours to squeeze in another errand, grab some “me time”, or whatever you feel the priority is. I like doing this type of thing when I have to go to doctor visits for myself, on my own.
Source: Personal experience