If you’re a mum, we don’t have to tell you just how valuable your time is. You know, like we do, that sometimes there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, and it seems impossible to keep up.
Here at Scentrelle, we like to try and offer solutions; tips and tricks that might help you tackle the day-to-day challenges of life without losing your cool. With that in mind, we’ve put together six little - but essential - time saving tips, that might end up being your secret to staying ahead.
Wake Up Before Your Kids
Busy mums often have trouble getting enough sleep, so you might wonder why we’re advocating to get up even earlier. The truth is that as mums you don’t always get much time in the day just to yourself. Getting up just 15-20 minutes before your kids allows you a quiet moment to organise your thoughts, and your day, mentally before the chaos begins.
We live in a cleverly digital world, and this can be an absolute lifesaver for busy mums. Instead of rushing around trying to organise a grocery shop with your kids in tow, why not try shopping online? Most major retailers allow you to shop online with delivery, or pick up your shopping in one fell swoop. This can save lots of valuable time, and it allows you to get the essentials you’re always needing in bulk, negating those late night supermarket runs.
Embrace Night Preparation
Mornings are stressful, but with a little bit of night preparation they could be a lot more relaxing (ok, a little more relaxing). Once you put your mind to it, you’ll be surprised how many things can be prepped the night before, saving you time and worry in those busy mornings. Try laying out your and your children’s clothing ready to wear, packing bags, organising lunches and even setting the breakfast table.
A nice home-cooked meal is absolutely priceless after a long day being to go-to-girl for your child’s every need. But, when you’re the one having to cook the meal after a long day, it just doesn’t seem that enjoyable. Instead of falling prey to the dinner preparation rush, consider cooking a week worth of meals on a Sunday afternoon, and freezing them. You could even organise to do a frozen meal swap with some other mums, to broaden your palate and your recipe collection!
Keep A Family Organiser
Feel like you can’t keep up with your own family? Consider investing in a dry-erase or blackboard family organiser that you can display in your house. Use the organiser to keep track of chores, responsibilities, commitments and other plans, for every member of your household. Super busy families might need a daily or weekly organiser, but a monthly one works great too.
Avoid Drowning In Stuff
Any mum knows that value isn’t always measured in the dollar, and for some of the more sentimentally minded, this can mean that clearing out the house is emotionally hard. Those drawings, too-small clothes and other remnants of your child’s life are special to you, but they do drag you down. Instead of keeping everything, photograph your family memories and creations on a weekly or fortnightly basis, and compile them into photobook albums every year. These are easier to store, but still keep those memories safe.
Time is precious when you’re a mum, and a minute saved is sure to be better spent on enjoying time with your kids, or even a moment to yourself. Hopefully, these six tips give you more of those minutes to spare, because we know you’ve earned them.