As a mum of young kids, your days can be swallowed up by soft play centres, preparing dinners, cleaning up, changing nappies…The list goes on and you never seem to get a spare minute to yourself. Now that I’m almost two and a half years into the job, I’ve become a bit of a master at scheduling our days in order to be more productive and free up more time for myself. Here are five ways you can start to save time as a busy mum…
Cook in bulk and freeze leftovers
Rather than cooking a new dish every night, it’s definitely worth bulk cooking so that you can freeze the leftovers. I find that cooking a lasagne or a fish pie on a Sunday means that I don’t have to worry about what’s for tea during the week when I’m at work. These dishes also go far for toddler portions, which I often freeze for the following weeks. I’ve also just started to use Simply Cook which definitely helps make our meal times a whole lot easier. If you have a baby you may want to read this post I wrote when we were weaning – 12 family meals that double up as great baby food here.
Make the most of nap times
If you have a baby or a toddler who still naps in the day, make the most of it! This entire blog has been built during nap times. I always try to get the house in order whilst Taylor’s occupied with her breakfast. Whenever possible we’ll go out during the morning and I’ll make sure that I’m back in time for her afternoon nap. That way I can use that time to get my shi*t done. Long may the naps last!
Have a bath with your kids
As much as I love having a long soak in the bath ALONE, I tend to jump in with Taylor on most days. Spending all evening in the bathroom is not really an option. This also means that on those mornings when you’re really pushed for time, you can skip the shower.
Take up meal planning and order your food shop online
I wrote a whole post about meal planning at the beginning of the year and swear by it as a way of saving time and getting a household more organised. I also went back to ordering our food shop online for either home delivery or click and collect. Shopping with young tots can be tedious and I prefer to use that time to do something fun instead.
Make household tasks fun for the kids
Trying to find time for the household chores can be testing when you have young kids constantly undoing all of your good work. Not to mention the mum guilt when you’re constantly dashing off to ‘put another load on’, ‘wash the dishes’, ‘prepare dinner’. It can be tempting to put off all of the chores to do on your own time. But you deserve some time to yourself!
According to the experts, kids love being given responsibility and this starts at a very young age. So whenever possible try to incorporate your kids by making an activity of household chores. We have a toy vacuum for Taylor which she always gets out to ‘help me’ with my vacuuming. She’ll ‘help’ me clean the bathroom with her own cloth and an old Flash bottle full of water. She also loves passing me the laundry to hang out to dry and will sit on the kitchen worktop to ‘help’ me prepare dinner. Yes, it can take a LONG time to get these things done with a toddler in tow, but we get there in the end. And we actually have fun!
How do you save time as a busy mum? Do you have any more tips to add? I’d love to hear them in the comments below x