Life can get super hectic as a parent. From your full-time job to life at home with the children and managing a household, it’s pretty overwhelming at times.
When it becomes chaotic on a daily basis, you know you may need to make a few tweaks to try and improve your days.
Here is my list of 25 sanity saving Mum tips to make your life easier:
1. Use your calendar / diary
Actually write down all of your appointments and events so you can actually see how your week ahead is looking.
2. Block book appointments for the whole family
If you have a dental appointment coming up, why not take the whole family? It will be done for another 6 – 12 months. After you’re appointment, book everyone in on their next check up! #winning
3. Group play dates
Instead of having two or three separate play dates throughout the week, organise just one big get together with all of your friends. It will save you a little time during the week to get on with other things. Plus, you can introduce your mummy friends to one another to help widen their social circles. The more mum friends, the better, am I right?
4. Do it all in one trip
If you have a few errands to run around town, do it all in one outing! This may seem like more of a chore but it will save you more time in the long run.
5. Have a designated household admin day
Why not schedule to organise all of your families appointments, bill paying, letter sending on a Monday? Give yourself an hour to take care of all of the boring but necessary stuff for your household and it will make your week run a lot smoother.
6. Schedule and book events early
Book those seasonal family outings or tickets early! If you’re going on vacation, schedule some activities for the family at the same time as booking the holiday. This guarantees you will have some fun things to look forward to rather than arriving and finding that the most popular activities are already sold out.
7. Embrace online shopping
This saves SO much time and stress and… money, actually. I often order a shop to collect at a designated time, though it would be even smarter to have it delivered straight to your door. Some supermarkets also have an automated system where you get a standard order delivered at the same time every week. You’re also more likely to stick to your list without impulse buying. Wouldn’t you rather put your feet up than drag the kids out to the store in the cold and rain? Yup!
8. The slow cooker is your friend
I am most productive in the morning and find it so easy to throw some ingredients into my slow cooker at the start of the day. This way I know I will have a meal ready to dish up at dinner time without any extra effort.
Sometimes time runs away if we are out late afternoon, and it’s nice to not have to worry about what to quickly whip up in that scenario.
As much as I don’t like to bribe the children, especially with food, sometimes it is the only way to get something done quickly. Ensure you have a multitude of snack options in the house at all times for such occasions, or to also keep in the car in case time slips away or another snack related emergency occurs.
10. Stock up…
… as if you knew an apocalypse were imminent. Okay, maybe not to that extreme. I like to make sure there are some back up meal options in the freezer at all times, as well as stocking staples like lentils, rice, and pasta for a quick and easy meal option.
11. Brain dump
Right before I go to bed, I like to write a list of all of the things I need to do for the next day. This clears the mind of all of those thoughts whirling around your head.
Sometimes it’s hard to sleep when so much stuff is going on inside your brain but it’s a lot easier knowing it’s all down on paper waiting for you the next morning.
12. Prepare the night before
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. This is the mantra I try to motivate myself with in the evenings because all I want to do once the kids are in bed is SIT.
But, I know if I make just a little more effort to clean the kitchen properly, make lunches, iron clothes, pack bags, I know they will be ready to go the next morning. Just in case of that extremely rare event when the family oversleeps.. yeah right.
13. Wake up early
Following that thought.. I try to wake up slightly earlier than everyone else. It gives me an extra hour or so to gather my thoughts for the day ahead, get dressed in peace, allow myself to actually drink a warm cup of coffee. It puts me in a good head space for the day ahead and can benefit productivity.
14. Give your important items a home
This is a super important tip in case of emergency (and by emergency, I mean you are running late or we can’t find the car keys because our darling cherub has flushed them again) Give your items a home, so you know where to find them at all times.
15. Stop bulk ironing
I can’t think of anything that will waste my time more than ironing a huge pile of clothes in one go. They will probably be creased again by the time you want to wear them and I just find it pointless.
The night before you want to wear an outfit, iron those few items of clothing. It will take two minutes and then it’s done and you can move on to something else.
16. Create a cleaning schedule
I have a few base cleaning routines around areas like the living room and kitchen that are done on a daily basis. Create a schedule that allows you to perhaps thoroughly clean a room or area per day (like bathrooms, kids rooms) It’s a good way to stay on top of things without feeling like it’s all you’re doing.
17. De-clutter regularly
This will help your cleaning schedule immensely. It’s a great way to evaluate your belongings in the house and what exactly is coming in that you perhaps don’t need or doesn’t bring purpose. Plus, the fewer items you have, the fewer things need to be organised and cleaned! Bonus.
18. Have back ups
Having multiples of items like favourite toys or comforters, or extra school uniform items make life so much easier if items were to get lost or damaged.
19. Baby wipes
The one thing Mums can not live without. I don’t particularly enjoy using them unless I have to as they are not environmentally friendly at all. (You can buy biodegradable and eco-friendly versions) But I do now have a surplus of flannels or cloths specifically for meal times in the house. Much better for the earth and you save on cash too!
20. Stop micro-cleaning
I have to force myself to do this with two young children in the house. But, I recently reached a point where I felt like I was cleaning all day between two rooms, and then at the end of the day I looked up, and it was just as messy as when I had started. All of it! I had just wasted a day of my life doing essentially nothing. I’ll now wait until the end of the day to do a big clean up taking about 30 minutes but I know once it is done, it will stay that way (at least for around 9 hours or so)
21. Say No
The power of ‘no’ can be liberating. If someone asks you to attend an event that you really don’t want to go to, just say no! Your time is so valuable that you don’t want to be wasting it doing things you don’t want to do. Evaluate who and what is important to you and prioritise.
22. Encourage little helpers
Ok, just hear me out here! Without sounding like I’m promoting child labour – try and encourage your children, to help with day to day tasks around the house – make it a game! My 3 year old loves to help me with the laundry and I figured that one day she will actually be big enough to do chores herself. Ingraining responsibilities in a playful way from an early age will help them with their development and in the long run help you with small chores.
23. Schedule times for social media
Nothing kills motivation and productivity like social media. Allocate one or two times in the day when you allow yourself to check your Facebook accounts for a timed period. Once the time is up, put your phone away!
24. Let go of expectations.
Mums are often expected to do it all. I think all parents are guilty of trying to keep all of the spinning plates from falling to the ground. It’s exhausting, honestly. Last year after my son was born, I really struggled, especially when it was time to go back to work. I have lowered my standards drastically since, mainly to preserve my mental health! You are enough and you’re doing amazing!
25. Embrace the chaos
An addition to letting go, embrace the every day crazy in your life! We all know that no two days ever work out the same, so just roll with it.
Are there any tips you could add to help make your life easier as a Mum? Leave a comment down below, I’d love to hear from you!