New Year resolutions aside there are not enough hours in a day for the busy Mom. These time-saving resolutions can help free up time in 2017.
Time Saving Resolution #1 Get ready for morning the night before.
Mornings will go smoother if you have this system in place. Breakfast, lunch, backpacks, homework, etc. can all be organized and laid out for the next day.
Time Saving Resolution #2 Autopay your bills.
Once you get reoccurring payments set up, this will save you tons of time on a monthly basis. Use a credit card instead of your bank account if the bill due date is a problem. Opt for email statements when possible, this eliminates more paper coming into the house and the need to sort it and shred it.
Time Saving Resolution #3 Place a mat at each doorway.
By placing a door mat at each inside and outside entrance you’ll cut down the need to sweep or vacuum as often. (During the wet weather it helps eliminate cleaning wet doggie and kitty paws when you let them in not to mention children’s feet.)
Time Saving Resolution #4 Have kids help with chores and cleanup.
There is no way you can do it all. Kids are capable of helping around the house, starting at a young age. Our little ones started as early as 4 by sorting silverware from the dishwasher. Create a chore chart and have them pitch in. In the short term it does take more time to get them on-board but in the long run you and they will be better off. Research suggests that kids tend to have higher self-esteem if given responsibilities around the house.
Time Saving Resolution #5 Presort laundry (lights/darks.)
Have 2 laundry baskets each in your room and kids’ rooms so dirty clothes can be sorted as they are put in. Lights in one. Darks in another. This saves a ton of time when it’s laundry day. (Also, make sure your loads are full to save on water and utilities.)
Time Saving Resolution #6 Designate a spot for “in-use” cups.
I know this sound simple, but it makes a big difference. Don’t fill the dishwasher with cups that have been used once. Designate a spot on the counter or window sill for cups that are in use and you’ll only have to wash them once a day instead of several.
Time Saving Resolution #7 Make time for yourself.
How is this a time saver you ask? The more you invest in yourself, the more at peace you’ll be with life and the responsibilities that come with it. You won’t feel as overwhelmed and you’ll ultimately be more productive. Don’t get caught up in the “I’m too busy” trap.