As a mom of two, two and under, I am constantly looking for hacks and organizational ways to make my life easier so that I can spend time with my family and not as much time on the mundane tasks. Let’s face it, spending time playing tractors with my two year old or teaching my 9 month old Itsy Bitsy Spider is so much more fun than the pile of laundry awaiting my attention or the dusting that must get done. Since I know I’m not the only mom, or person for that matter, who loves a good hack, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites that have helped me keep my sanity between being a mom, teacher and wife.
1. Probably my most favorite hack ever helps with the crazy busy mornings. I leave for work when most people are just rolling out of bed. So, for a while I was stumbling bleary eyed through finding clothes for the kids and rummaging through Mount Sock-o-Saurus that resided upon my living room couch. I came across this beauty on Pinterest. A Facebook friend had also posted something similar that she does for her older children and it was like a light bulb went off! Seriously, why haven’t I been doing this my entire life?!?! You can find these containers pretty cheap at most stores, (Target and Wal-Mart for sure) and then either decorate cutely or leave plain like I do (it’s because I’m lazy that I didn’t decorate mine like the picture below). I absolutely LOVE how much time this saves us in the morning! Each day has its own set of clothes in the corresponding drawer. Since my kids are still so little, I put both of their clothes in one, but you could definitely have one for each child. Maybe if your kids are old enough you could get them to decorate sheets for the days of the week! This could be kept in a bathroom, kid’s room, wherever is easiest for you and your family!
2. My next organization tool is for my classroom BUT if you’re like me, you have an inevitable junk drawer in your home with loose batteries, change, screws, pens, you name it! I figured this would help a ton for that kind of thing as well! I purchased this little tool/fastener organizer at the local hardware store and use it to organize things like my paper clips, markers, sticky notes, etc. It’s really cut down on my time trying to look for things like that within my classroom. I’m definitely getting one for my house to do the same as well to get that epic junk drawer under control. So I can put other random things in it.
3. I’ve also just started dipping my foot into meal planning! It has saved my sanity big time! I don’t do meal prepping, I’m not that good yet. Haha! But I am loving having my week’s meals planned out so that I don’t have to guess what’s for dinner or wonder if I have the ingredients to make such and such. I’ve found it helps save me time AND money. (can I get an AMEN on that?!?) I sit down when I have time during the week and plan out the next week’s meals and then go shopping for the ingredients that I don’t have. Whew! Again, I wonder why I haven’t been doing this ALL along! I love to plan crock pot type meals and one pot meals because again, I’d rather not spend too much time at the stove since I already don’t get to spend much time with my kids during the day.
4. Another thing I do that helps a ton with the clothes situation in my house, is keep a large storage container in the bottom of closets. Into this container go any clothes that we grow out of. It’s not such a big deal for my husband and I’s closet but definitely for our kid’s closets. They grow like crazy these early years! All I have to do is take the clothes off of the hanger, or out of the drawer and place it into the container. Once the container is full I put the lid on, place a piece of masking tape with a description of what’s inside (i.e. girl 0-3 month clothes) and then put it up into our storage area upstairs. Easy peasy! It’s something that doesn’t take a lot of time for me to do and keeps the clothes from piling up on me all at once.
5. This one is for those of you with kids still in diapers, though I’m sure anyone could adapt it for anything. With two still in diapers and their room on our second floor, I hate having to run up and down stairs for a simple diaper change. We spend most of our time in our living room and so what I did was purchase a cute wicker box and place diapers, wet wipes, diaper rash cream, thermometer and other odd and ends things that I may need inside of it. It saves me a trip upstairs and I can change a diaper in a quick minute and release the beasts….ehemm…I mean children, back into their habitat to play.
So hopefully these little hacks help someone be a little less hectic in an already busy day.
What are some things/hacks that YOU do to help save time, energy and money?
I’m always looking for things to implement in our house and I know others are too!
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