Time savers for working moms who need some breathing room in their daily schedule
As a busy working mom, you have probably reached the point where you are ready for some time-saving tips. If you have been feeling frazzled, stressed, and at your wit’s end, I know you are ready for a break.
Being a working mom is hard, and there are times when the only thing you need is some breathing room in your schedule. It’s hard to be on the edge all the time. You can’t keep up a hectic pace without burning out eventually.
So, if you are ready to enjoy some breathing room or you are tired of living on the edge all the time, here are some time-saving tips for working moms.
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1. HAVE A PLACE FOR THINGS YOU USE OFTEN
One of the best and easiest ways to save time is to have a place for the things you use daily or often.
It’s amazing how much time you can waste looking for something or trying to remember where you kept something. You will save a lot of time if you have a place for everything. For example, instead of looking for your car keys every morning, you can decide to leave them in your purse or on the nightstand as soon as you return from work.
Talking about your purse, you should have a dedicated place for it, so you can just grab it and go in the mornings.
I know this sounds simple enough but if you have ever searched for your keys while holding them in your hands, then you know exactly what I mean. So, my first tip for working moms to save time is to have a place for everything you use daily or frequently.
2. CREATE A ROUTINE
A routine can help you cut down on time-wasting because you know exactly what to do and when to do it. With a routine, you don’t have to guess or think about anything.
You can do a lot of things on autopilot when you have a regular routine you follow. Whether it is a morning or evening routine, try to come up with a list of activities you need to do every day and the order in which you want to do them.
For instance, your morning routine might look like this:
- Wake up at 6 am
- Make coffee
- Write in your journal while drinking coffee
- Shower and get dressed
- Get the kids up and ready for school
- Eat breakfast
- Grab lunchboxes or lunch packs from the refrigerator
- Grab your purse and car keys
- Get yourself and kids out the door
Of course, this is just a sample morning routine and yours probably won’t look like this. It all depends on your work hours and the life stages of your kids.
The important thing here is that you can save some time with a routine, so if you don’t have one, consider creating a routine, and see if it makes a difference.
3. STICK TO ONE BAG AND PRE-STOCK IT WITH ALL YOUR ESSENTIALS
I like accessorizing as much as any mom, but a lot of times, it’s just not realistic or feasible for me. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should look frumpy or ignore how you look, it just means you can look nice and put together without spending a lot of time in the process.
One simple tip that can help you save some time is to stick to one work bag (at least for a week), and pre-stock it with all your essentials. You will save the time spent swapping bags if you follow this advice. The key is to have a couple of nice but good-quality bags and swap them every week or every two weeks.
I tend to stick with black purses because black is neutral and pairs well with everything. However, any color is fine.
Pre-stock your bag with essential items like lip balm, hand cream, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, mints, chewing gum, a small notepad or planner, pens, wallet, earphones, and a book (for long commutes).
With a pre-stocked bag, the only thing you have to remember before heading out the door are your keys and maybe lunch.
Now, if you like to accessorize with different bags during the week, there’s nothing wrong with it, but remember to swap your bag the day or night before, and move all your essentials into the new bag.
I have forgotten a few of my essentials after swapping bags. It’s not fun and can be pretty annoying. This is one of the reasons I prefer to stick with one bag. However, there’s no right or wrong way when it comes to purses.
4. DO SOME LIGHT CLEANING EVERY DAY
One of the simplest but most effective time saving tips for working moms is to do some light cleaning every day.
Whether it is washing the dishes, cleaning the countertops in the kitchen, or vacuuming a room or two, some form of daily cleaning will save you a lot of time down the road.
Many working moms put off cleaning because they don’t have enough time for it. The problem with this approach is that you are going to spend a lot more time cleaning if you allow the cleaning tasks to pile up. That’s why it is better to clean every day.
Spend a few minutes a day on easy tasks. For example, you can pick up and put things back where they belong. Wash dishes immediately after eating. Sort and put dirty clothes in the laundry basket or washing machine, so they are ready for washing. You know, little things like these are time savers for working moms and can make a big difference in your life.
So, don’t wait until you have three hours or a free weekend to clean up. Break your cleaning tasks down and spread them out throughout the week. If you need some help with cleaning and keeping house, here is a post to help you stay on top of housework no matter how busy you are.
5. ENCOURAGE EARLY INDEPENDENCE IN YOUR KIDS
For single working moms like me, it is easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you try to do everything yourself.
I used to think the fastest way to get things done is to do it myself, however, this meant I was doing everything. Constantly on the go. No time to rest or time for self-care. One day, I had an epiphany (so to speak). I realized I didn’t have to do every single thing myself. It’s okay if things aren’t done to my standard as long as they get done. Believe me when I say this was life-transforming!
As a working mom, you will save lots of valuable time (and your health), if you stop trying to do everything yourself. You need to learn to let go of some things, and an easy way to do that is to foster early independence in your kids and assign chores to them.
Kids can be great helpers if you allow them to be. Encouraging early independence in your kids means they can start taking care of themselves at a young age and they won’t have to rely on you for everything.
Now, I am not suggesting that you leave your kids to fend for themselves, but you can encourage them to take responsibility for some things. For example, keeping their rooms clean, putting their toys away after playing with them, putting their dirty clothes in the laundry basket, sorting and folding their clothes after washing, packing their school bags, making simple lunches or meals, and things of that nature.
Once kids know they are responsible for certain things/tasks, they are happy to take on the responsibility (well, most of the time). The key is to assign chores or tasks that are age-appropriate, so they don’t become discouraged.
When you pass on some responsibilities to your kids, you will free up some of your time, and you can focus on more important or demanding tasks, without feeling completely burned out.
6. LEARN HOW TO KEEP CLOTHES WRINKLE FREE
We can’t talk about tips for working moms to save time without talking about ironing and keeping clothes wrinkle-free.
When my kids were younger, I used to spend hours ironing their clothes because I hated how wrinkled clothes looked on them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep that up because life got too hectic and I just didn’t have the time. However, I still tried my best to keep their clothes as wrinkle-free as possible.
If you hate ironing or don’t have the time for it (but wearing wrinkled clothes to work is not an option, or you don’t like seeing your kids in wrinkled clothes), then your only option is to learn how to keep clothes free of wrinkles without ironing.
There are a few ways to keep your clothes wrinkle-free, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time ironing. The first and probably the most obvious way is to invest in clothes that don’t need ironing. Some clothes or fabrics tend to wrinkle more than others, so when shopping for clothes, try to stick with fabrics that don’t require ironing or don’t get too wrinkled.
Below is a post about fabrics that don’t need to be ironed. Check it out.
8 Best Fabrics That Don’t Need to be Ironed
Another way to avoid wrinkled clothing (and ironing) is to learn how to wash and dry them. For example, you can handwash some items, hang wet clothes as straight as possible, use fabric softener and dryer sheets (during washing and drying), remove clothes from the dryer as soon as they are dry, and fold or hang them.
Keeping your clothes free from wrinkles requires a bit of patience and care. Washing and folding your clothes correctly can help you avoid ironing and save you some time looking for something to wear to work.
If you have the space for it, try to hang as many clothes as possible. Invest in good quality hangers, use hangers for skirts and pants (instead of folding them), and avoid stacking too many clothes on top of each other.
7. TIME SAVING TIPS FOR WORKING MOMS: GET ORGANIZED
If you ask me, I believe the best time-saving tip for working moms is to get organized. Being organized eliminates a lot of hassles and cuts down on the amount of time that’s required to get things done.
I know some moms feel like they don’t have the time to get organized, so they keep trudging on, struggling through life, and never having enough time to do all the things they want. Instead of struggling all the time, it’s better to carve out a few hours to get organized.
Organizing your time and life will save you from a lot of headaches and will end up saving you a lot of time. Below are a few aspects of your life you should consider organizing.
1. ORGANIZE YOUR FINANCES AND BILL PAYING
Instead of wasting time fretting about your finances or paying bills, you can organize your finances, so you can easily keep track of it. An easy way is to use a budget. With a budget, you can keep track of your income and expenses. You can create a monthly budget and review it at the end of the month. This should take you less than thirty minutes each month.
Something you can do to cut down on the amount of time you spend paying bills is to automate them. If possible, choose the same date to pay your bills, or keep them as close together as you can. For example, I pay most of my bills between the 24th and 28th of each month. This works for me because that’s when I receive most of my income. You can choose any date you like.
The benefit of automating your bills (and choosing the same date) is that you don’t have to worry about forgetting to pay them or trying to remember when they are due. As long as you have enough money in your checking account to cover the bills, you are good to go.
So, if you spend a lot of time trying to manage your finances, consider organizing them, so you can cut down on the amount of time you spend keeping track of your finances.
2. CUT DOWN ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND ON ERRANDS
You can save a lot of time if you find a way to cut down on the number of errands you do. For example, instead of shopping multiple times a week, you can start buying groceries in bulk, or better still, you can order groceries online and have them delivered to your home. Yes, you may still need to go out to get some extra stuff (like fresh fruits and vegetables), but you can cut the number of times you shop.
You can use Amazon Fresh or your local grocery delivery service for this purpose. You will be surprised how much stuff you can order through Amazon Fresh.
Something else I have learned to do over the years is to schedule errands and appointments on the same day. This isn’t always possible, especially with doctor’s appointments, but I try my best. Combining errands can save you time and gas money too. If you are going on an errand or appointment, always think of how you can combine other errands, so you can do everything in one trip.
You will need a planner or calendar to keep track of dates and appointments. You can also find a way for your kids to combine extracurricular activities or have them on the same date and time (now, this one is tricky if your kids are involved in different activities). For example, my kids attend youth clubs one day a week but at different times. The times are close together, and they are at the same location. This makes things a lot easier for me!
You can save a lot of time as a working mom if you know how to streamline your activities and plan ahead.
3. ORGANIZE YOUR MEALS
Meal planning can be a life-saver for busy working moms. Instead of preparing meals on a whim or spending a lot of money on takeouts, it’s better to organize your meals in advance.
Try spending an hour or an hour and a half every month on meal planning. Make a list of some simple meals you can easily make and freeze. Have a few go-to meals for those times when life gets too busy. Once you know what meals you want to prep, make a list of all the ingredients and staples you need, so you can shop for them all at once.
Meal prepping is a smart way to save time as a busy mom. If you are new to meal prepping, below are some helpful articles for beginners.
Meal Prep 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Prepping and Portioning Meals
How to Meal Prep for Beginners
Some things you need to begin meal prepping:
- A list of recipes or cookbooks
- Meal prep containers
- Meal prep planners
There are other areas of life you can organize to save some time. For example, you can organize your home so it’s easy to keep it clean, organize your clothes and closets, so you don’t have to waste time searching for clothing items to wear, organize and purge toys and other clutter, so you can spend less time cleaning.
Whatever you can do to make your life simpler, will end up saving you a lot of time in the end.
Final thoughts on time saving tips for working moms
For busy working moms, finding the time to get everything done can feel like a big challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of little ways you can organize your life and save some time in the process. You just have to be creative and intentional about it.
In this post, I have shared lots of tips for working moms to save time, so choose a few of them you can apply to your life, and go from there. Remember, this is a process and not something that can be done in one day. However, if you keep making small changes before you know it, you will have a lot more time for yourself and life won’t feel so rushed or overwhelming.
Are you a working mom looking for tips to help you save time?