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10 Time-Saving Tips

To Make Your Life as a Busy Mom Easier

Chronic exhaustion seems to plague me. The kiddos are home for the summer and life has become something kin to Formula One racing. We make Mario Andretti look like a clunker as we zip and zoom to squeeze it all in and keep it running smoothly. I rule this kingdom and most days it’s a tight ship. Then there are the days that are more like Gilligan’s Island!

But let’s focus on that tight ship I run…

10 Time-Saving Tips to Make Your Life as a Busy Mom Easier:

1.) In the summer, I double bed-making duties. I make the bed with a fitted sheet and top sheet. Then I layer on another fitted sheet and flat sheet. When the week is up, the kiddos strip the bed down to the first set. It’s easy peasy and I’m not spending time washing sheets every week!

2.) I keep a 2qt pitcher of water in the fridge at all times. I also measure the sugar and add it and one kool-aid pack into a Zip-loc baggie. My kiddos simply take the pitcher out of the fridge, grab a baggie and then head outside to mix up drinks for themselves and their friends. There’s no mess or drama and they feel so independent getting to do it themselves!

3.) A squeegee hangs in our shower. Everyone knows when they are done showering it is their job to squeegee the shower walls. It keeps our bathroom clean in between my cleaning.

4.) I keep a tray of iced-tea ice cubes in the freezer. If the company arrives unexpectedly, I can stretch the existing pitcher on hand, or add to lemonade for a 50.50 refreshment with no effort!

5.) We camp a lot. It takes preparation. To make it less stressful, I keep camping supplies in Rubbermaid Bins. One contains “kitchen” items like table-cover, pots, utensils, spices, foil, soap, etc. Another contains “activities”  like horseshoes, activity books, crafts. It’s so easy to just grab and go and not think twice. If we use the last of something, the lid is lined with masking tape, that I simply write what needs to be replaced for easy reference when we get back home.

6.) Our toy room is downstairs, however, the kiddos haul them upstairs and outside. To make life easy, we keep a box at the top of the steps. Toys that are found upstairs or outside are placed in the box. If it’s not empty within 24 hours, we donate them.

7.) I keep sheets folded inside pillowcases. If we have guests that are spending the night, I give them a full pillowcase to make their bed. There’s no fussing over an over-nighter.

8.) To eliminate the heat cooking creates, I designate one night of cooking for the week. We then simply heat up or add a grilled entree to a frozen dish.

9.) We keep a couple of boxes of ice cream treats in the freezer. When the neighborhood kids are at the ice cream truck, my kiddos race in and make their selection. It’s far more cost-effective and they don’t feel like they missed out.

10.) I keep a change of clothes in the car for each of the kiddos. It gives us the freedom to live it up when we’re out. I don’t stress about them wanting to get wet or roll in fresh cut grass.

What are your time-saving tips?

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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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