Written By: Gabrielle Pfeiffer
These Working Mom Hacks Can Make Life a Little Easier
Moms are crazy busy most of the time. Ok, ALL of the time. Add a job on top of that, and things get pretty chaotic. Most days I feel like a chicken running around with it’s head cut off, but spending time with my sweet little boy makes it all worth it. If you feel overwhelmed like me most of the time, it may be time to try and make your life a little easier. There are plenty of tips and “life hacks” out there to help working mother’s days run smoother and I have gathered some of them for you! Implement a few of these tips, and you might be able to slow your roll a bit and feel like you are not racing the clock every day.
Favorite working Mom Hacks:
- Get a coffee machine that has the option to set up a timer. This way, you can have your coffee ready to go as soon as you wake up.
- “Limit your own screen time so that time spent with the children is good quality time, and not spent checking your phone for emails, etc” Shereen from Mama Ain’t Raisin’ No Fools
- Lay out clothes the night before you go to bed. Way too much time gets wasted in the morning trying to decide what you are going to wear. If it’s already decided, you can put that valuable time to better use.
- “Keep tooth brushes and toothpaste in the downstairs toilet as well as those upstairs. This makes it easier to eat breakfast, clean teeth, and get out on time for work and school.” Natalie Clark
- Buy in bulk. Save yourself tons of time by buying essentials in bulk. Things like toothbrushes, shampoo, and non-perishable groceries will stay good, and be there the second you need them.
- Sneak in some cleaning during everyday tasks like showering and bathing your kids. Keeping cleaning wipes handy gives you the ability to wipe down the counters and toilet while your kid is napping. Also, it’s easy to wipe down your own shower while you are in there getting ready for the day.
- “Always plan out meals and stick to a grocery list. Make the crockpot your best friend and prep lunches the night before for less stressful mornings.” Amber from Simply Made Recipes
- Take advantage of modern technology and order your groceries online. You can get them delivered right to your door, saving you tons of time.
- Share an online calendar with other members of your family. This will help you and your husband stay on the same page regarding appointments, days off, and events. It’s so easy to forget to remind them of upcoming engagements, so this way you won’t have to.
- Use any spare time you get. I am crazy busy 24 hours of the day (it feels like), so I have learned that you can accomplish a lot over an hour lunch break, and for 3-4 hours every night after my son has gone to bed, I can get a lot of work done. These are good times to squeeze in a workout, as well.
- Keep snacks in your purse or car at all times. I keep suckers in my purse 24/7, and it is a lifesaver. Anytime I have to run to the store with my son in tow, I give him a sucker. It keeps him occupied, and he sits nicely in the cart while I try to get my groceries without being distracted by an unruly toddler.
- Shower at night. This way, you can save yourself at least a half an hour on showering and drying your hair in the mornings, and other members of your family can get ready quicker since the bathroom will be free.
- “USE NAP/BEDTIME WISELY. With 3 kids at home, I make sure everyone has nap time or quiet time daily for a few hours so, that I can catch up on e-mails and working on promoting my blog. At night everyone has a standard bedtime they stick to, and this gives me at least 3 hours of uninterrupted time to be on the computer working on content. This helps me feel balanced to be a good mom most of the day, interacting with my kids and, still getting everything I need to get done for my business.” Jehava from Only Girl 4 Boyz
- Keep Ziploc bags full of smoothie ingredients in the freezer, so you can make a breakfast smoothie in under 5 minutes when you are in a rush.
- Take the time to pick out a great daycare. You don’t want to spend all of your time at work worrying yourself sick over your child, because you do that enough as it is. Knowing your kid(s) is in good hands makes a world of a difference on your peace of mind and sanity.
- Keep duplicates of things you use regularly strategically around the house, like diapers/wipes, scissors, or paper towels. This way you won’t have to run around your house trying to find where you left it last.
- Keep a “snack container” stocked in your fridge. Place quick snacks like yogurt, apples, and cheese sticks in it so you or your family can grab a snack in a flash when they’re hungry. This saves you some time, since you won’t have to help them decide on a snack or prepare the snack.
- Set limits, and stick to them. Teach your kids to listen when you say no, and make sure your boss understands your boundaries between your work and home life balancing act.
- Remember that you don’t have to do it all. Prioritize your housework, and learn to let some stuff take the back burner until later. Your house doesn’t have to look perfect, especially if you have more important things to do, like hang out with your kids!
- Ask for help! Your family, friends that have kids, and babysitters are there to help. Most of them know what it’s like to get overwhelmed and need some “me” time. Don’t be afraid to ask your mom to babysit, or get together with a friend and let your little ones play.