There is always so much to do and most days it feels like there is never enough time to get it all done. Work-life balance is something I try to achieve, but often I lose the game and am overworked, exhausted, and frustrated at life.
It doesn’t have to be this way, so here are six great life hacks for busy moms:
1. Have groceries delivered
This service is cheaper (and free in many cases) and more readily available than ever before. You can have groceries delivered right to your door or consider getting non-perishable goods from Amazon Prime/ Prime Pantry and saving that trip to the grocery store.
2. Meal prep on the weekends
Sunday is a great day to do your meal prep and your cooking for the week. You can prep one-pot meals, cook and freeze meals, or just get everything ready so that cooking during the week will be much simpler.
Meal prep means you won’t ever have to worry about what’s for dinner during the busy weeknights.
3. Create a kid drop off area
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to leave in the morning when someone cannot find their shoes, or when your tripping over backpacks in the middle of the floor. You can fix all of these problems by creating a “command center” or kid drop off area where all the shoes, jackets, backpacks, and more will go every day.
Just be sure to set rules and expectations for your kids so they understand what they are to do each day.
4. Prepare the night before
There are many tasks that can be done the night before to make things easier for a busy family. For example, outfits can be picked out, you can take showers at night, check the family calendar to know what’s happening the next day, pack backpacks, prep ready to go breakfast meals, etc.
It takes a bit of planning, but will make your mornings easier. And, when you have a good morning it sets the rest of your day up for success.
5. Make an auto activity bag
Something to keep your kids busy on the go. You won’t have to hear, “I’m bored” anymore. Put age-appropriate goodies and games inside and keep this bag by the door or in your new command center.
Swap out the contents of the bag weekly so kids don’t get bored with what’s inside.
6. Keep a first aid kit handy
You’re always going to have bumps and scrapes and similar things happening as a busy mom, so it’s a great idea to have a first aid kid on the ready. Keep one in the car, a small one in your purse, and a couple around the house.
You can include stickers, Tylenol or Advil (for mom), and other items in your kits, per your family’s needs.
These are just a few life hacks to help you get started on improving your daily to-do list and avoiding the hassles that life can throw your way. With just a few simple steps, you can simplify your life for more important things.