Mommin’ ain’t easy and it isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. As we are approaching the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite mom hacks to use not only during a busy season for most, but to use everyday! Because as moms let’s not work harder than we have to!
Best Mom Hacks
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There are also meal subscriptions like Hello Fresh if that’s your jam. Haven’t been able to make it out of the house to do any clothes shopping? No problem! Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, Thred Up, are just a few out there to make busy mom’s lives a little easier.
Grocery Pick Up/Delivery
Other Easy Mom Hacks
Keep a basket by the stairs to collect random items throughout the day. At the end of the day, take it up and put items away.
Keep hair ties and a hair brush in a kitchen drawer for last minute hair fixes.
Have kids get out clothes for the week on Sunday. This simple step saves us a lot of time in the mornings. I think I want to try this out for myself!
Keep healthy snacks in an accessible area in the kitchen.
I bought these cups for our fridge and they have been so helpful- the kids can get their own water and then reuse their cup.
Keep a basket or box in your kid’s closet to toss outgrown clothing in gradually. When the box is full, sort through and donate or sell the items!
I keep all of my kid’s winter accessories in one tub near all the coats. That way they can also toss their stuff in there at the end of the day and grab what they need.
All the bins. Seriously guys, baskets, bins, storage containers. You simply can’t have too many.
Label maker, along with your storage containers, get yourself a handy label maker. It helps keep things organized and stored where they belong.
Give your husband a “junk box.” This is GENIUS! I got tired of the random papers, tools, etc I would find sprinkled throughout the house. He now has a basket that if I find stuff, I toss in there and then when he is looking for something he knows where to look.
More tips and tricks from other moms
Run errands on your lunch break
Keep socks and diapers in the glove compartment
Keep a ziplock of an extra outfit in each car
Cut up fruits and veggies for the week on Sunday
A low-tech meal planning/grocery list hack: I made cards that group three meals together, with a reference to where I keep each recipe. On the opposite of each card is the required ingredients for the meals. Going into a new week, I can choose a card and I already have a shopping list ready to go and I just supplement the list with essentials and random things we may need that week.
My three kids’ toiletries and personal hygiene items kept cluttering up our shared bathroom space, so I gave them each a bathroom caddy/tote (like I used in the college dorms for the community bathrooms). They each have their own toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and body wash, hair brush and hair accessories, etc. They keep their totes in their room and bring them back and forth to the bathrooms as needed.
Cook larger quantities of chicken (for shredding), ground sausage, and ground beef, usually in the instant pot. Then freeze flat in one-pound packages for quick ways to add the meat to meals on busy nights. Add to pastas, soups, tacos, etc.
Use last year’s photo calendar for all the school collage projects. No need to print pictures!