Being a mum and having a child at school certainly keeps you busy. I often say I need a PA just to deal with all the school stuff!
Mums are resourceful creatures though and we come up with some good hacks to make our lives easier.
Here are some working mum hacks that I thought I’d share with you…
School Bake Sale Hack
Don’t you love it when the school send out a letter about a bake sale, especially when it’s taking place in less than a weeks’ time. As if making dinners and packed lunches aren’t enough – do I look like I have time to bake cakes as well? My top tip to cheat the school bake sale is to buy ready made fairy cakes from Tesco and ice them yourself! If you’re not particularly good at icing they’ll look homemade anyway.
This is a genius idea I saw on Facebook so can’t take credit for. When you get home with the food shopping lay out all your ingredients for the week. Chop everything up and put all ingredients for each meal into freezer bags – meat, spices, sauces, everything. Then all the bags go into the freezer. It takes around an hour but means for the rest of the week all you have to do is empty the contents of the bag into a pan and cook whatever rice, pasta etc you need to go with it. It saves time, washing up during the week, space in your cupboards and also stops you throwing away unused veg.
Stick everything in the calendar on your phone and set reminders – school dress up days, birthday parties, anything you might forget or lose paperwork for. I set the reminders for the night before so if I do forget about a non-uniform day then I still have time to sort an outfit out.
Stop hunting for hair clips
Do you spend ages hunting for matching hairclips in the mornings? This drives me insane – where do they go? (Same place as the missing socks?!) I got Little H to make a hairclip holder with a bit of MDF and some ribbon. As long as the clips all get put back onto the ribbon you don’t have to go hunting for a matching set every morning.
My fellow blogging mums also have some great working mum hacks to share…
More Working Mums Hacks
Becky from Mommy and Rory – My top tip is to put tin foil under your ironing board cover. It’s supposed to conduct the heat better and speeds up ironing!
Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful – Bit of a fan of ‘concurrent activity’. Put the kettle on before getting the cups and teas out. Anything that can be done in the background set it going e.g. put the washing machine on timer at night (or on the morning) so it’s just emptying it at night.
Jaymee from The Mum Diaries – Prepare your kids clothes the day before and also prep their lunches too. saves loads of time.
Alison from Five Little Stars – I’ve invested in some good quality cereal dispensers with grips and easy pour lids. I leave them on a shelf within reaching distance and my children (aged 4 & 6) can help themselves to breakfast. The simple act of pouring their own cereal and sitting up at the table gives me precious minutes in the morning!
Kat from Confessions of a Working Mum – Try and do some of the light housework in the evenings. I know you may be feeling tired but getting a load of washing or the dusting out of the way will free up your precious days off to spend with your little one.
Irina from Wave to Mummy – I make my sandwich lunches while cooking. There’s always some downtime while cooking when you need to stay close to the food and in the kitchen but not necessarily actively cook. So use that time to make lunch. Then in the morning you can just grab and go!
Some great ideas here! Do you have any time-saving mum hacks?