Tip#1. Diary / Planner
Family wall planner, journal paper diary, petite planner or electronic form? There are numerous choices. The most important thing is to work out which methods suits you best.
If you spend the majority of your time at home then the family monthly planner is great, the month is open in front of you, ready to write appointments on straight away under each person’s name. Mooo has a beautiful range to choose from in their personalised stationery range.
If you’re out and about more often, then either the choice of writing things down in a stylish diary (we love Kate Spade’s Tudor City diary), or typing it into your phone/iPad would be the other two main options. Printing out your digital monthly calendar to put up near the kitchen phone would probably work well instead of purchasing a separate wall calendar.
Tip#2. Car pooling
Trading the school pick up and drop off one day with a friend will free you to get other work done, you’ll be saving time travelling and coiffing yourself for the school run…so book the manicurist!
If you can do it more than one day then all the better…
Tip#3. Meal planning
It’s great to start the week with a plan as to which meals you will make. It saves you time procrastinating each afternoon and thumbing through recipe books while everyone is pushing their hunger pains on you!
Planning ahead also saves on your grocery bill, as you don’t run madly through a supermarket picking up a little bit of everything ‘just in case’ you want to make a certain dish. Writing it all down also allows you to see, at a glanc,e that everyone has a well balanced diet over the week.
There are many free printable meal planners on line or you can purchase some cute pads of them at Kikki K. This one is from The Project Girl.
Keep a little ‘secret box’ in the kitchen. Something decorated in a way this is appealing to your child. Rotate little making activities, stickers, marbles, cards with things to find like four red items, things starting with ‘S’ etc. while you make dinner.
In our Terrific Toys category is a great 2D marble run, it ticks all the boxes in regard to keeping little fingers busy while you’re in the kitchen.
Tip#5. Little Help
Children naturally want to do meaningful work…fold or sort clothes from dryer, put away own small dishes, pack away toys or try out Junior Master Chef in the kitchen! My four year old is happy to measure and mix pancake batter, wash lettuce in the salad spinner, grate carrot, wash potato’s or cut strawberries for dessert.
Maybe you can even get dad and the little ones to do the dishes after the meal!
It’s important YOU stay both healthy and happy to keep everything running smoothly for your family. Trips to the gym, leisurely walks with girlfriends, a new ‘do at the hairdresser, a splurge at a day spa! Find your special treat and make time for you. Even if it’s just a nice warm bath…you deserve it!
Tip #7. Evening Hair Washing
The mornings fly by while you’re trying to get everyone fed, dressed, packed and out the door. Best you don’t try washing your hair during that frantic AM schedule!
Didn’t find time last night? Now there is no time for a wash and blow dry this morning… the answer for all busy mums is Dry Shampoo. Just spray, shake and go! If you’re a brunette there’s one great product on the market, coloured dry shampoo…we thank you Batiste!
Tip #8. Fortnightly or Monthly Grocery Shopping
If you can estimate ahead and shop for your main non perishables in one large shop it will save you a lot of time.
Try ordering all the heavy items such as cleaning & laundry products, drinks, canned food, cereals, dry rice, noodles pasta, nappies, toiletries…and get home delivery, that way you only need to pop out during the week for meat and fresh produce.
Tip #9. Stay Organised
Keep cupboards and drawers neat and tidy, then you will have everything at your fingertips, no time wasted searching for the things you need. Stay on top of washing, keep frozen emergency meals in the freezer, update and work on your to do list and only click on emails once!
Keep the children organised! Give them a clear guide to follow each morning or evening, in the same order each time, you will find they will soon get ready to your beat! Here are some gorgeous free printables from Living Locurto.
Tip #10. Multi Tasking
Mum’s generally have this skill down pat! Fold the clothes from the dryer when it stops, reduces ironing. If you have an upstairs and downstairs, or long hallway, don’t walk empty handed! Make social phone calls while cooking or doing laundry, make games with the children to get your jobs done…tidying up, watering the garden, raking the leaves, taking the rubbish, passing you pegs, making you a tea party!!!
This is our 10 tips for an organised family, do you have some other great time saving tips for other mum’s? Let us know here, we could all do with a little more help!!!