Sometimes, when we spend all of our free time herding a bunch of small humans into the car to go to school, or chasing around a toddler to get them to put on pants, we don’t have much time left to do the little housekeeping things we used to dedicate those few minutes to. Instead, those few minutes are spent with our feet up, drinking some tea, or just using the toilet by ourselves.
We took the time to list eight tips that will help you get those small things done, and leave more time to stop your baby from hunting down the family cat.
Cook twice as much, half as often
Double batch family meals, especially wintery ones that freeze well. You have many options here, soups, curries, stews and pies all work well in the freezer, and are easy to microwave. It’s a saviour when things are going pear-shaped.
Storing the “artworks”
Some of your kids’ artwork really is wonderful. Frame it. But, you can’t keep everything. I have an A3 box for each child to put the special things in, class photos, paint foot prints etc. For the other artworks or huge ones, I take a photo with my phone and add it to the digital photo album for that year.
Tape record the doctor
I become a space cadet as soon as I take my kid into the doctor. They rattle off a whole lot of instructions and my brain turns to mushy peas. So, with the doctor’s permission, I tape her advice and I also write the instructions on my phone. When family members quiz me at home, I can listen again.
File everything in categories
Everywhere, by child, by dream destination, by anything – everything goes into a file – pictures, notes, files etc. Computer, drawers, phone, file and label EVERYTHING.
Closed Facebook groups are as invaluable as Google when looking for answers. Closed mums groups post allow one to get instant advice from women about issues varying from “where can I get a geisha costume by tonight” to “what can I get my 85 year old father in law from the gang?”
Anything that I can organise from my phone/computer (ideally in bed after everyone else has stopped asking to have a glass of water) – online groceries, online fruit and veg , online kids clothes, anything is possible.
Let’s be honest, no to-do list is perfect (it doesn’t pick up the dry cleaning for you), but it’s a start to stop the sleep-preventing panic attack at 4am. There are super-techy ones that remind you when you’re near the place it relates to (Remember the Milk), but I find the simpler, the better.
Signing and scanning via phone
I take of everything on my phone. It’s my brain’s external memory. Recipes in waiting rooms, forms signed and emailed back. You name it. There are apps which can make scan grade versions of forms and let you fill out forms and add your signature.
These things might not save you a bunch of time, but you won’t miss your toddler trying to eat sand while you’re hunting through a pile of documents for their immunisation record!
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This article has been provided by Ali Linz and Julie Tylman from GroupTogether. These busy Mumpreneurs have a total of 7 kids and run a group collection website that takes the hassle out of gift collections.