I’m a working mom. I teach 6th grade and I have a three year old little girl at home. Life is busy at our house and there are a few things I’ve learned along the way that make life just a little easier.
Accept Help if it’s Offered
The family members who watch my daughter help out with laundry and dishes occasionally and it’s amazing. Sometimes they’ll text me while I’m at work and say, “Is there anything you’ve been meaning to get done around the house?” And, I’ll be honest, I’m not too proud to say “YES! Please help!” If the offer is there, don’t be too proud to take it. I don’t make them a list or anything, but if the help is offered, I will definitely accept it.
3 Words: Meal. Delivery. Service.
We get Hello Fresh delivered every other week at our house. This is really helpful because it means that I’m not wondering what I’m making for dinner or if I have the ingredients at home. The recipes are set, the ingredients are ready with exactly the right amount, and it’s done. This is probably my best example of “work smarter, not harder” – especially since, cost-wise, it evens itself out with what we’d spend in a week on groceries or restaurants. I love Hello Fresh, but there are a ton of other options out there for every budget and taste.
Spreadsheets and Calendar Apps are LIFE
I make spreadsheets for every busy time – for example, this Christmas season I had a spreadsheet that listed all the gifts for EVERYONE (along with links and pricing). There was a separate tab for important dates to remember, and another tab for important tasks to do by specific dates (order Christmas cards, bake cookies, drop off supplies for Pippa’s class party etc.) Overkill? Possibly. But I definitely felt more on top of things and less like I was flying around clueless.
I send out an email every month with my daughter’s child care schedule (including any special events) to the people who need to know. This keeps everyone on the same page (and then I have a reminder to refer back to as well!)
No time to go to the grocery store/target/pharmacy? Get Shipt. It’s a game-changer. If you pay for the annual subscription ($99 normally, $49 with my code), you get free delivery (as soon as 1 hour later!!!) with any order over $35. SO. FREAKING. WORTH IT. I add things to my cart as I remember I need them, set my delivery time, and boom. I have everything I need and I didn’t need to bundle Pip up to take her to Target and fight the Saturday shopping crowds. BEST EVER. This is especially useful if you’re prepping for “special things” – making chocolate covered pretzels next week, getting ready for a road trip, last-minute gifts – and don’t want to forget items and make additional trips out (like I totally would).
Figuring out what needs to be done daily to feel “on top” of the house is essential. For me, it means that my downstairs living area needs to be cleaned up, the dishes need to be in the dishwasher, countertops wiped down, and clutter put away. At the bare minimum, this is what I do every single night.
Do you notice a trend here? If it can be delivered, it’s well worth it! I planned Pippa’s entire birthday party last year with Amazon Prime. I added every decor item to the cart and in two days, I had everything I needed at my door ready to assemble. I feel like in my heart, everyone must already have Prime, but if you don’t, PLEASE CONSIDER IT. And with the video services, books, and music? Well worth it.
This suggestion came from a good friend at work who’s kids are older. Why should everyone drive to every sports practice every day? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get a few families together to carpool? That way you’re sharing the work and everyone has more time.
What are your tips and tricks for making home life run smoothly? Share in the comments!