Welcome back to The Better Mom Tuesdays! Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or working mom, life gets hectic! And since you’re probably short on time, I’ll spare you the intro and get straight to the point. Here are five things I’ve been practicing to make my life easier. Hopefully, these tips will work for you, too!
1. Design a uniform.
Yes! It sounds strange, I know. But I pretty much wear the same style every day in a different color. Here’s the deal; once I find something that’s flattering, stylish, and comfortable, I don’t stray too far from that style. At this point in my life, I don’t have time to hop on trends, so I stick to classic pieces that can work for most occasions. An example of my mom uniform is pictured above. I’ve played with many looks, but I keep going back to the high-waist trousers, solid blouse, and (sometimes) a cardigan. You can also catch me in high-waist jeans, a solid camisole, and my favorite button-down flannel.
My secret is adding accessories! Eye-catching shoes, scarves, handbags and jackets can really dress up my uniform and create different looks. But, honestly, most days I don’t bother to accessorize. I can tell you that shopping is easier and less expensive. A few classic, well-made pieces that will last a few years is a much better investment than a bunch of trendy items that will be a thing of the past next Fall. Even better? I know exactly what I’m wearing on those days I’m crunched for time.
2. Eat the same thing.
Sounds boring, I know. But trust me on this one. Having set meals for each day of the week can save you a headache. Not only will you know exactly what your shopping list will look like each week, but you can also predict how much you’re going to spend. On shopping days I can literally just cruise into the grocery store with the same list, throw what I need into the cart, and stay in budget because I know how much everything is going to cost (unless there’s a sale!).
So yea, I may not want to eat spaghetti every Monday or chicken and broccoli every Wednesday, but on those days when my head is in a fog, I’m grateful for the routine. Even better? Cooking in bulk so that the meal stretches two or three days. Every few months I challenge myself and try new recipes (when I have extra time!). If my family likes the new recipe, it goes into rotation with the others.
3. Pull your hair up.
Wearing my hair loose takes way too much time in the morning. I’m constantly fussing with it to make it behave. That’s why I’m the self-proclaimed mother of updos. Top knots, military buns, sleek ponytails, classic pinups—they all take less than ten minutes of my time in the morning. Even better? They look chic and sophisticated and can be dressed up or down.
4. Put your kids to work.
My boys have reached an age where they can be of some real use around the house. Lucky for them, they have an outstanding dad who shares in household responsibilities to model after. My eight-year-old loves to help vacuum, sweep, wash dishes, and wipe down the tables. My four-year-old loves to put the wet clothes into the dryer, help load the dishwasher (safe items only), and
clean up his toys when he’s done (okay, so he doesn’t like cleaning up his toys).
I placed this tip on the list for those of you who have young ones and have not thought about delegating chores. Every little bit counts. You’d be surprised by how much having your kids clear the kitchen table, bring in the groceries, and load the dishwasher can shave time off your cleaning schedule. Make it a family thing!
5. Plan the night before.
Spending just ten minutes each night to write down my goals makes a huge impact on my productivity, gives me peace of mind, and helps me rest better. I like to write my goals down in my home management binder. This includes things I’d like to accomplish the next day, month, and year. Give it a try!
To make your mornings run even more efficiently, take time the night before to prepare everything you’ll need to make getting ready a breeze. Clothes. Shoes. Accessories. Coupons. Backpacks. Lunches. You name it! Don’t forget to also lay out clothes and accessories for your children. Older children can be encouraged to do this on their own. There’s nothing like waking up and already having things together.
As a disclaimer, I am not perfect. I’m still learning to stick to some of these habits. Likewise, it’s important to remember that we are all different, so what I find easy may seem challenging for the next person, and vice versa. The important thing is that you find what works best for you. And when you’ve found your groove, share the wealth with others—it may help someone else!
So what are your mom shortcuts? Let us know in the comments below! Stay tuned for more posts on “The Better Mom Tuesdays” series! Every Tuesday this month I’ll be sharing mom tips!