Time saving tips from a busy mum!

10 Sep
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I’m just grabbing 5 minutes to write this post whilst eating breakfast and having my coffee.  I’m never one to do just one thing at a time.  This got me thinking about all the ways that we as mummies  get things done when we are in a rush and how good we are at multi tasking.  I thought I would list some of the ways that I try to save time.

I love it when the kids are in the bath, it gives me at least 15 mintues to do something useful while they play.  Usually this involves tidying the bedrooms or cleaning the bathroom.

Whilst the kids eat their breakfast I make the lunches, wash the dishes or get dressed myself – usually a mixture of all these things!


I really hate ironing so one thing I do is to keep the ironing board set up (ok, you have to have the space for this, or make yourself not care about seeing it there!).  That way if I have just 5 minutes spare I’m already to go and iron just a couple of shirts to cut down at least some of my huge pile.  I also try to buy non-iron items anyway and only iron what is really necessary.


I get my grocery shopping delivered.  Ok, the initial shop can take more time than actually going to the supermarket but after that, once all your favourites are on your page you can select the items you usually buy.  Most Supermarkets offer free delivery over a certain amount so it doesn’t cost anymore.

When shopping I always buy for the week ahead.  That way I don’t have to keep popping to the shops when I run out of things.

We tend to cook in bulk, if we make something like a cottage pie we will make double the amount and freeze some.  This saves having to cook one night which is a real treat when all you want to do is sit down at the end of the day.

I buy lots of other stuff online too if I can.  To go into town can take up at least an hour of my time that I could spend doing something else.


I used to be more house proud before we had the children.  Now I find that I would like it to look cleaner but I just don’t have the time.  My solution is to at least try to keep it tidy even if it is full of dust!  If things are put away at the end of the day I can at least find Lily’s hairbrush when I need it in a rush – saving me a lot of time running around like a headless chicken.  The rest of the housework gets done in one big cleaning session every week, or two… or three..(!)

We don’t have a dishwasher so I usually pile all the dishes into the sink with some BOILING hot water and leave them to soak for 10 minutes (whilst doing something useful like getting the kids dressed).  By the time you come back to them they have pretty much self cleaned!

I’m sure I’ve missed loads.  Can you add some more time-saving tips?


2 Responses to “Time saving tips from a busy mum!”

  1. Nick September 10, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    Where’s the lazy husband?! 😉

  2. James September 10, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Get Nick to do more housework?

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