Top Ten Ways to Save Time During the Busy School Year October 4, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized
The school year is always busy for every family as kids have to get ready, be dropped off, picked up, taken to after school programs, do homework, etc. The daily list of tasks can go on and on! Even the most organized families still struggle to find the time to do it all. Making sure that every member of the family has a role to play and their own responsibilities can make things a little easier. Having your kids help out around the house and with their own school tasks is also key. If you’re having a difficult time staying on schedule during the school year, check out some of these tips that can help make a big difference.
- Have kids help with chores
Chores are something that just have to get done around the house whether we like it or not and it’s a great way to teach kids about responsibility and independence. But, doing chores doesn’t have to be boring! The Tidy Snap, for example, is a clothing organization tool that kids can use on their own to neatly roll their clothes and organize their dresser drawers…plus, they have fun using it! It helps save time for moms since kids are folding and putting away their own clothes and it saves time in the morning since it makes it easy for kids to find outfits for the day.
- Meal prep
A huge time saver throughout the week is having all meals prepped and cooked and just ready to reheat and serve. You can do all the planning and grocery buying on Saturday so on Sunday all that’s left is the actual cooking. Cooking in large batches at once is another time saver. Not having to think about what you’re going to make during the week or having to make last minute trips to the grocery store will save your sanity.
- Use a smart bag
Before heading out with your kids, there’s often a scramble to grab everything you need: water bottles, snacks, toys, books, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. Instead of waiting until the last minute to pack what you need, have a reusable bag for each member of the family packed and waiting to be picked up and put in the car. Woombie b-GREEN Smart Bags are a great option because they are eco-friendly, reusable, and water resistant.
Another favorite, ZizzyBee Bags! These reusable storage bags are perfect for travel and keeping things organized on a daily basis. I use these to pack snacks and lunches for my twins when we go out.
- Make lists
If you don’t find a way to keep organized, you will end up wasting time just trying to figuring out what you’re supposed to do next. Keep a daily to-do list with you at all times, even if it’s on your phone and it will remind you of your tasks for the day to help keep you focused. The more focused and efficient you are, the quicker you will be able to get through the list.
Momtastic shares 6 apps to keep organized.
- Baby Backups
Perhaps the most important item on this list for parents of little ones, if your baby is still in diapers you know the worst part of your day is cleaning up a diaper explosion. It takes forever to get baby clean and change the diaper and clothes, especially if you’re doing this all while out and about. BabyBackups are a lifesaver as they work by trapping the mess through a diaper extender pad to eliminate messy cleanups.
- Join a carpool
If you have friends in your neighborhood whose kids all go to the same school as yours, start a carpool so all of the parents take turns dropping the kids off at school and picking them up. You’ll get some time to yourself to relax or get work done when it’s not your day to drive the carpool.
- Two in One Bag
If you’re a working parent of a little one, you probably have different bags for all of your different roles. A workout bag for the gym, diaper bag for mom duty, and professional tote for work. You probably also spend a lot of time switching items like your wallet and keys back and forth from all the bags. Save time by having one bag that does all of the work. The Division of Labor bag is a Dual Tote with one side for diapers and formula and the other side for a laptop, notebook and more. Each side has tons of pockets to keep organized.
- Have kids pack their own lunches
Making a different lunch for each of your kids in the morning would give any parent a headache. Have your kids help by making their own lunch if they are old enough or have your older kids help out the little ones. Kids will be more likely to eat their lunch knowing they had a hand in preparing it themselves and you can lay out some healthy options for them to choose from so they’re not just packing chips and cookies.
- Premade baby food
We would all love to be super parents who make every meal at home so we can ensure our children are getting nutritious foods into their body. When you don’t have that kind of time on your hands, Bambinos baby food makes baby food using the freshest, organic ingredients based on your child’s nutritional needs and flash freezes it to maintain the nutrients. When it arrives at your door you just portion it out, warm it, and it’s ready under a minute.
- Delivery services
If you can, take advantage of the many delivery services that currently exist to save you time on shopping, cooking, errands, etc. Amazon Prime is a popular service that offers free 2-day shipping on tons of items in every category you could think of. There are also many grocery delivery services that will bring your family’s groceries right to your door at the time that’s most convenient for you.
Meal kit services are awesome – saves time and money! Try Sun Basket or another meal service for families. We like Sun Basket because the ingredients are organic and it’s super easy to use the service compared to others we tried. All the meal planning, shopping, and prep is done for you! Just receive your delivery and follow simple directions to cook a delicious meal.
Written by Alison Tringale, mom of four and inventor of Tidy Snap, clothes organizer for babies, kids and adults!
Replaces the need to fold and refold clothes over and over again once they get messy in drawers from rummaging around to find something to wear. BUY Tidy Snap here to make chores fun!