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Time-Saving Tips for Moms on the Go

If there’s one common denominator between moms around the world, it’s that we’re busy! Children require a lot of time and energy, as does running a household, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the responsibilities that present themselves on a daily basis. If you’re an on-the-go mom, consider using some of these tips to save time when you’re at your busiest.

Plan Your Mornings

Sometimes the hardest part of the day is getting it started. It can be challenging to get children up, dressed, fed, and out the door! One way to save time in the mornings is to plan in advance. Lay out your children’s clothes the night before, or have them do so themselves if they’re old enough. Packing lunches can be done at night, ready to grab in the morning on the way out the door, and you can save time on breakfasts if you have easy, grab-and-go type items (think muffins, bagels, fruit, boiled eggs, granola bars, etc.) already available. Shaving just a little bit of time off several morning tasks can end up making a big difference to the start of your day!

Outsource Household Chores

Another time-saving tip many parents swear by is accepting help from others. If you have the resources available to do so, outsource your chores! For example, hiring a maid service to do a weekly or monthly cleaning can free up time for you to play with your kids, get a little more work done at the office, or just go to bed early after you’ve spent an evening relaxing and watching television. Similarly, you can find laundry services, grocery delivery services, dog walkers, lawn maintenance services – you name it, and it probably exists. If you’re struggling to find the time to keep your house in order, hiring somebody to help is worth considering.

Take Advantage of Travel Time

When you have a lot on your plate, the time spent driving to and from various commitments can be frustrating, because it feels like time wasted. This doesn’t have to be the case! If you’re alone in the car, use your commute to schedule a necessary appointment or listen to that audiobook you’ve been meaning to finish. If your kids are with you, use your time together to practice spelling words or multiplication tables, listen to them rehearse speeches, or have them brainstorm ideas for their next school project. Use time in the car to your advantage!

As moms, it’s easy for us to feel in over our heads with all the responsibilities we have to juggle. Incorporating a few time-saving tips into your routine can make a world of difference in saving you time, and it may just save your sanity, too!

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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