Being a mom is a full time job but unlike a regular job it is 24/7 and each day is rarely the same. This makes it extremely difficult to stay organized and on top of everything you are responsible for. Here are some helpful tips to making your week run smoother. I also shared these tips on San Diego Living recently. Click here to watch the segment.
On Sunday, sit down and plan out your meal list for the week and get everything you need for the entire week. Doing it on Sunday means you can slip to the store alone while the kids hang out with dad or go to a friend’s house. Having a meal plan will save you valuable time because you won’t have to be making daily trips to the grocery store.
After you have your week’s worth of supplies, you can prep the kids’ lunches for the week. I make 5 baggies of carrots and 5 bags of goldfish, so I can easily toss them into his lunch in the morning. You can also bag up some leftovers each night in a container or baggie to throw in their lunch the next day.
Planning ahead will also make your kids more self sufficient which means less work for you! I always lay out what Taylor is going to wear the next day the night before so he can get himself dressed in the morning. I always have him put his backpack, shoes and outfit for the next day in the same place so there is never a last minute scramble to find something in the morning. I also make sure he puts his homework in his backpack right after he finishes it. That way there is never a question whether he has it or not.
The MomCo app also makes it so easy for you to see what fun activities are happening around town so you can plan out your play dates and activities for the following week.
I think setting a routine is the best way to save time and stay organized. It’s also very helpful for your kids to be able to do things for themselves.
For example – In the morning your kiddo knows at 7:15 they have to get dressed, brush their teeth and get their shoes on to be out of the house by 7:30. This will keep you from having to be constantly telling them what they need to do next. I call this putting your kids on auto pilot.
At night your kiddo knows after dinner is homework, then shower at 7:15pm, followed by brushing teeth, picking out a book to read, reading and then bed.
Having these established routines also make it extremely easy anytime you have to leave your kiddo with a sitter, assistant or family member.
I can easily lose track of time when I am working so I use my phone’s alarm to help me stay organized and on top of my schedule. I set an alarm to remind me every time I have a phone meeting or need to leave the house.
Take a picture of school flyers, assignments and invitations that your kiddo brings home from school. This way you never lose track of the info and you can immediately recycle the papers so you don’t have stacks of them lying all over the place. It’s also very convenient to share the info this way when another parent texts you in a panic because they have lost the instructions for a book report.
There are also a bunch of great organizational apps that help you keep track of your family’s calendar and shopping lists: My MomCo moms and I recommend the Cozi, Grocery IQ and Wunderlist apps for this.
I love to use my Amazon Echo to make grocery lists because I can tell it what I am out of while I am looking through my fridge and cupboards and it dictates it and sends it straight to my smart phone. The Amazon Echo is like Siri but it’s a speaker that you talk to. You can also ask it questions and it has great sound for playing music. It’s also voice activated which is great because we moms always have our hands full. $179 on Amazon
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I also love the Postmates app because you can get food from your favorite restaurants delivered right to your house. It will tell you how long it will take before you order. You place your order and pay all on the app. There is a hefty service charge but I justify it in the money I save on gas and beverages. It is available in most, but not all areas.
The Instant Pot is amazing for making great and healthy meals in a quarter of the time it take to make them in a traditional crock pot. You can also make single servings, use it for sautéing veggies and you can set the timer 24 hours in advance. It sells for: $100-$200 on Amazon
We would love to hear any other tips you have to make your week run smoother or if you plan to add any of these to your routine! Let us know in the comments below.