Moms are professional jugglers, but every now and then, it’s okay to admit that you’re worn out, stressed out and too tired to achieve everything you need to do. You know the situation is bad when you’re sleep deprived, your schedule is hectic, and your mind is chaotic. In that case, you’ll want to manage your time the best you can and learn to cope with stress, so that you can fit in your well-earned rest. These six tips will help you save your time and sanity, while still being the best mom you can be.
Getting the kids ready in the morning can be a true mess, especially if you need to decide what they should wear. One of the ways to get ahead of this problem is to prepare an outfit for each day of the week (from underwear to jackets and accessories). Organize the clothes, so they don’t get wrinkled. It’s also useful to check the weather reports for the week ahead. Another thing you can do in advance is prepare breakfast for the week. For example, you can make a muffin dough or chop the fruit for a smoothie and freeze enough of it for the following five days.
Forget about grocery shopping
A ride to the grocery store is not only time consuming, but also costly. If you have kids, this experience can be even more exhausting. The solution? Never go grocery shopping again. Yes, this is possible. There are plenty of stores that offer the option of ordering online and delivering the goods straight to your doorstep. In fact, you should try doing some other things online to save more time, such as paying bills.
Make it easier to multitask
Mothers with small babies may have the most problems with multitasking, because they always have to keep an eye on their little bundles of joy, and see whether they are hungry, sleepy or simply scared of being alone. And how does one cook lunch or fold laundry in such circumstances? It’s easy. All you need is a quality baby carrier that will make it easier for you to sooth your newborn while you are doing some basic tasks, by simply holding them close to you.
Did you know that it takes about two hours to make a pot of beef stew? Did you know that it takes just a couple of minutes more to prepare a double batch of stew? It’s pure math. Preparing double batches of dishes that can be frozen or refrigerated and eaten a couple of days later can save you hours in the kitchen. And we know you will find a better use for that spare time.
Use small blocks of free time
What can you do in fifteen minutes? Well, you can sit on the couch and despair how you can’t do anything in fifteen minutes or you can, for example, pick up kids’ toys during that time. You don’t have to tidy up the entire room, but you can do another small task when you get your next ten minutes of free time. And just like that, bit by bit, the entire house will be in order, and at the end of the day, you will have some time to put your feet up and rest.
Ask for help
You are a mom, and you are a superhero, but even superheroes have their sidekicks, and they don’t have to do everything on their own. Ask your partner, mother, friend or a relative to be the Robin to your Batman. Sometimes they can clean the house, watch the children or cook lunch. When the kids are old enough, they can also help with the chores, starting from tidying up their rooms when they’re young to washing the dishes when they’re older.
These six tips may not be revolutionary, but when you take them seriously, they can really change your life for the better. Soon enough, you’ll be better organized and less stressed out.
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