Life Hacks to make school easier

50 working mum hacks to make life easier  July 6, 2015 – 09:28 am

working mum shopping onlineAre you a working mum with too little time on your hands? These life hacks and tips will help you organise your life and home so things run more smoothly.

Whether you work by choice or out of necessity, every working mum struggles to find that elusive work/life balance and can relate to that constant pull of wanting to be wherever it is you aren’t and never feeling like there are enough hours in the day. While none of us can probably say we’ve mastered the juggling act, we’ve all picked up some pointers and come up with solutions to make everything that little bit easier. So we’ve pooled them all together in one place – see which ones work for you!

1. Menu plan

This is the hack that the most organised of mums swear by in terms of organising their week. Plan the week’s meals on Sunday and then hit the supermarket the same day to save the pain of getting home from work and having to decide what to cook. If your kids are older, get them involved in choosing the week’s dishes and even deciding which ones they’re going to cook and when.

working-mum-slow-cooker2. Do your grocery shopping online

Some mums recommend doing all your grocery shopping online, while others prefer to do the staples online each week and pick up fresh items through the week. Aside from the obvious benefits of avoiding the special hell that is supermarket shopping with children, it’s also the perfect way to avoid multiple trips to the shops to forget that one little item you forgot to pick up, as well as minimising impulse buys.

3. Shop in the evening

Many working mums opt for going grocery shopping late in the evening after the kids are in bed. The shops are generally deserted and it means you have your weekends free for leisure time. (OK, for ferrying the kids to their activities, then.)

4. Double up

Save time and money on your routine shopping trip by buying duplicates of items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, light bulbs, and batteries when they’re on sale.

5. Pre-make the lunches

Make the kids’ school lunches the night before and put them in the fridge to save the hassle of the morning rush. Alternatively, make a whole week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday and freeze the lot, so all you need to do in the mornings is pull one out and grab a couple of snacks.

working-mum-towels6. Make Sunday baking day

Spend Sunday baking healthy snacks for lunch boxes and after school. Get your kids involved to give them a cooking lesson at the same time – with a view of them taking over in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

7. Cook twice as much, half as often!

Double batch every single family meal that you cook so that you only need to cook half as often. Put that freezer to good use!

8. Cook dinner the night before

Impossible to get dinner on the table at 5.30pm each night? Cook your meals in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed, then all you need to do the next night is reheat.

9. Chop to it

Chop all your vegetables and herbs for the week’s meals at one time so everything will be ready for cooking.

10. Set and forget

Make friends with your slow cooker. Prep your meal either the night before or first thing in the morning, set it before you leave for work, then come home to the delicious aroma of dinner wafting through the house.

11. Pack your bags

Draw up a list for your kids of what things they need in their school bags on what days – eg. Monday library books, Tuesday musical instrument, etc. Then institute a system for packing up backpacks with all necessary contents and leaving them by the front door before bedtime – make it an essential part of the family’s evening routine after brushing teeth.

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