Out of all the jobs in the world, motherhood is the hardest job you’ll ever love. As a mom, you’re never off the clock and there’s always something to be done. When you have younger children who need more help with chores, this can be more challenging. However, as they grow up, they’ll be able to help themselves more. However, motherhood doesn’t have to overwhelm you. You don’t want to get into the habit of waiting for the next phase, so you can get more rest. Soak in these moments and stay on top of things with hacks. There are tons of time-saving hacks you can try in order take care of the children and still take care of yourself.
1. Cooking Tools
Most moms don’t want to stand in the kitchen for hours on end to cook a meal that takes 20 minutes to eat. In this case, take advantage of amazing devices like crock pots and automatic rice cookers. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the beauty of a good crock pot meal. You can easily make lasagna, macaroni and cheese and complete chicken dinners. If you’d like, you can set the crockpot in the morning and by the time you come home in the evening, a piping hot dinner will be ready. Just add a fresh salad and a roll to the mix and you’ll have delicious home-cooked meals for the family.
2. Meal Prep
One of the chores that can take the longest amount of time is meal prepping. Cutting up the garlic, peeling potatoes and washing greens can take some time. Instead of doing a little bit at one time, cut and mince a bunch of garlic bulbs at once and store them away in food storage bags, such as the Mylar bags, that you can seal. Many grocery stores sell pre-cut onions so you don’t have to do that part yourself. Find ways to enjoy shortcuts within the meal preparation and you’ll be able to free up at least a few hours each week.
When you’re dealing with a family, laundry can pile up very quickly. The whole process can be overwhelming for someone who doesn’t want to sort through bins like a crazy woman. Develop a laundry system. If you have multiple children who are close in age, begin color coding their clothes by putting marks on the labels. Two orange dots can be synonymous with one child. Three pink dots on a label can be for another kid. You can focus on completing one child’s laundry one day a week. So, if you have three kids, you’ll have three days of laundry to complete. However, if all the kids are only working with a week’s worth of clothes, you’ll be able to finish a load within a half an hour.
Create routines for the children. This will allow them to stay organized with everything they need to do. For example, if your little ones are in daycare, preschool and the first few grades, have a routine for them as soon as they come home. Many parents love giving their children baths right after school and getting them ready for bed. Once they have their pajamas on, they can enjoy dinner and work on homework. If you begin the wind-down process earlier, they’ll be relaxed enough to have a good night’s rest.
Depending on how many children you have and their ages, you’ll want to tweak and finesse this list to fit your family’s lifestyle. It’s important to be bold and try new routines until you find something that works perfectly for you and your family. It might be challenging in the beginning. Just remain patient. After a few weeks of the new changes, your kids will be on board and motherhood will get easier as the days go by.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.