How to find more hours
One of most important things that I’ve learned is to say more often; this was hard for me because I am a people pleaser but it has made such a difference in my life.
Making a list of what I need to do and checking this off when I am finished and if I didn’t finish everything that day, I just transfer the remaining to the next day. Do the most important things first so that they are out of the way and then concentrate on the rest.
Delegating to other family members! I am very fortunate that my husband is very helpful around the house and generally cleans up after himself, so when it is time to clean it doesn’t take as long. My daughter is seven years old and I have a chore list for her, make her bed, brush her teeth, put her dirty clothes in the laundry basket and clean up her toys and she does get stickers when she has completed each job. The most important thing that I am trying to teach my daughter is to clean up after her yourself, so that it is not so over whelming. Examples: If she is finished playing with her Lego, I ask her to put it back before she starts playing with something else. Then at the end of the day it doesn’t take long to clean her area. When she is in the bathroom she cleans up the sink when she is finished brushing her teeth.
Here are some other tips that I find helpful:
Laundry time savers
- Do all the laundry on one day and have TV time and get everyone to help fold.
- Use bath towels for three days.
- I keep the pre-spot in my daughter’s room so I can spray her close before they go to the laundry.
- When putting my daughter’s clothes away I pick out a week’s worth of outfits including a few different ones (for weather changes) so we don’t panic in the morning.
- For repetitive household tasks, set a time to clean each room
- Enlist help from all family members (have the kids do daily chores and have a list with stars when they have completed each chore.)
- Look at getting a cordless phone with a headset so that you can work while you are talking
- Clean the bathtub/shower every time you use it.
- Give the bathroom a good wipe down and clean the mirror (I leave everything I need under the sink).
- While my daughter is having a bath, I will wipe down her bedroom and tidy it up.
- When I’m in the bedroom I will take the time to de-clutter the room and give it a wipe.
- I like to take a light vacuum and give the floors a quick vacuum once a day.
Meal time savers
- Prep the lunch the night before including single serving veggies and fruit
- Bake or buy muffins ready for a fast breakfast (I like to make extra pancakes and keep them in a Ziploc bag and warm them up in the morning)
- Use your Crock pot for dinners during the week
- When you are making dinners, cook extra to freeze so that you have something to make in a pinch.
- Plan your meals a week in advance and if you have time do some cooking on the weekends.
- If everyone tidies up their messes then cleaning on the weekend is a breeze.
- While you’re waiting for things to cook, wipe your microwave, clean out the fridge and wipe down your cupboards.
Do you have any tips that you would like to share, I would love to hear them!
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