Congratulations Mamas! You made it through the summer. More than likely, this summer probably tested your patience more than a little bit. Welcome to the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s back to school time! Alarms are set, schedules have to be met and it is back to business as usual. Let’s not forget, those oh so adorable first day pictures that have to be taken! Go ahead and bombard everyone’s timelines because you deserve it. Now we moms have to get ourselves aligned with the familiar normal again. When you toss in the homework, projects and after school extra curricular activities, the day seems like it is gone before it even starts. If you have figured out a way to clone yourself, please share it with the world—please! Otherwise, here are a few mommy hacks that I am using more often and you might find them to be helpful too. These things really don’t require much effort, but can definitely help you if only a little bit.
- The crock-pot is your friend: Pull it out, dust it off and use it! Don’t let that traumatic episode of “This Is Us” completely taint your opinion of crock-pots. I saw it too and swore off my pot for at least a week. However, reality set back in quickly. Grab the ingredients to your favorite dishes, toss them into the pot and let it do the work for you.
- Delay and wash: I am guilty of not utilizing this feature on my washing machine. What was I thinking?! Seriously, it is the smartest button on the machine! Personally, I find it helpful for the clothes to wash and be done just as I am about to wake up. Whichever timeframe you prefer, it allows for your time to free up so that you can handle other things on your to do list. For those who don’t have the delay and wash button, I would suggest trying to wash smaller loads if you can. The smaller the load the less there is to fold.
- Grocery Pick up or delivery: This is the best thing since sliced bread! Part of the struggle of shopping with kids is the time it takes to actually unload the kids out of the car into the shopping cart while your frustrations mount from saying, “Don’t touch that” while going up and down the aisles in the store. Forget all of that! I use the Wal-Mart pick up all of the time. You can shop and create a favorites list from your smart phone. Typically, there is not an extra fee for pick up. However if you choose to go with the delivery option, there could be a fee attached. Sometimes a small fee is worth your sanity. So go for it!
- Essential oils: I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan at first. Honestly, I think I was doing too much. A little goes a long way when it comes to using essential oils. I use them to calm us down and relax just before bedtime. The best oils for resting (in my opinion) are lavender and eucalyptus. You do want to make sure that no one in your home is allergic to any of the scents that you may choose. I don’t apply oils directly to the skin, but I do depend on a diffuser to spread the Zen. Essential oils and a bedtime story can ensure a peaceful and on time sleeping schedule.
The reality is you are one person who does a lot of things well. These four things are meant to help you and lighten the load. There is always something to be done and most times you are the one who has to do it. The key is to work smarter and not harder. Hopefully, these little hacks can help you carve out some time to do something for yourself for a change. Go ahead…reclaim your time!