Do you use these 10 shortcuts every mom needs to stay sane?
You are a mom. You are busy. These two things go hand-in-hand. No matter what kind of mom you are.
I’ve been a stay at home mom, a work from home mom, and a work outside of the home mom. I can honestly say no one type of mom is busier than the other.
The same things have to get done day after day and the end result is a season of busyness.
What are the shortcuts you can take to make life easier?
It turns out, there are several!
When I created this list, all I could think was, “What a time to be alive!!!!”
Seriously. Many of these shortcuts didn’t come into play until the last decade or so.
How lucky are we that these shortcuts are available?
Keep your sanity. Use every one of these shortcuts.
10 Shortcuts Every Mom Needs to Stay Sane
1. Online Grocery Shopping
There are several options when it comes to online grocery shopping.
You can order your groceries online, then pick them up from the store using services like ClickList at Kroger stores or the Walmart Groceries app.
Taking that one step further, stores like Safeway now offer home delivery of your online orders.
With the exception of WalMart, most of these services do charge a nominal fee.
However, I would argue that the fee is well worth it given the amount of time you would have spent at the store.
Not to mention, when you only get the items on your list, and forgo the impulse purchases that can be so tempting, you can actually come out ahead on your budget.
If you live where none of these services are available (believe me I’ve lived in small town Texas, so I know what that is like!), see shortcut #3.
2. Capsule Wardrobes for the WHOLE Family
It can be tempting to buy a whole closet full of cute clothes. Especially for our kids.
But if you are looking for shortcuts that really work, creating a capsule wardrobe for each member of your family is a great place to start.
By definition, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe that is limited to a set number of pieces. For example, you may chose to buy 5 pairs of pants, 9 tops, 2 sweaters or hoodies, and 1 dress.
How many pieces you buy really is up to you. This is an example of a capsule wardrobe I created for myself.
It helps to shop from the same store (preferably during a sale!) to easily find coordinating pieces.
Not only does this make getting ready in the morning easier, it also means less laundry to wash and put away.
That’s a shortcut I think every mom can use!
3. Amazon Prime
My brother just became an Amazon Prime member about 6 months ago.
I’m like – it’s about darn time! Amazon Prime has made motherhood soooooo much easier for me. I would not hesitate to start taking advantage of it.
While the initial cost of a Prime membership can be substantial, I have more than made up those fees in time, energy, and actual savings.
If you aren’t a member yet, consider joining Amazon Family for a 30-Day Free Trial.
With Amazon Family, you get an automatic 20% off on diapers subscriptions. That right there is worth EVERYTHING!
If your kids are older, consider investing in an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
Once you start realizing how much you’ll save each month, and how convenient it makes your life, you’ll realize this is a shortcut worth paying for.
4. Freezer Meals
Having dinner already made and in the freezer has rescued dinner many a time.
The easiest way I know to freezer cook is to start with a batch of meatballs. They are quick to make and they thaw quickly.
Plus, you can serve them a number of ways. They are great as meatball subs, on top of pizza, on top of spaghetti, or in any number of sauces.
The next easiest way to freezer cook is to double a recipe when you are making it. Eat half that night, then freeze the rest for another night.
If you are new to freezer cooking, can I suggest you take a look at the Eat at Home monthly meal plans? In addition to a monthly meal plan, you will receive 6 freezer meals that can be prepped in an hour!
Meal plan + freezer meals = WINNING SHORTCUT!
5. Meal Planning
Y’all, I talk about meal planning A LOT!
In fact, the longest article on my site is the one where I laid out the meal planning basics for you.
You have to make it simple so you can follow through and make it a weekly habit.
Having a meal plan pays off big since every family has to eat.
6. Assign Kids Chores
No one comes out of the womb with an unending desire to take out the trash.
These are learned behaviors that as parents we can teach our kids.
Moreover, in the end, I want to raise kids who are helpers and doers, and chores teach them that.
Download a FREE Chores by Age Chart and see what chores might work for your family.
Use your phone, Alexa, or even your paper calendar to set up reminders.
As a mom, you are having to remember not only things pertaining to your calendar, but of the calendar of ALL the people in your household.
That can be a LOT of stuff to remember. Enlisting the aide of technology can eliminate missing important events.
As a bonus, set a reminder, and you may even remember to take your vitamins!
8. Mother’s Helper
This is the best advice I never took.
One of my besties found a pre-teen at our church and paid her to come for 2 hours every week and help with various tasks.
Some weeks she’d ask her to match socks and put away laundry.
Other weeks she would ask her to put away dishes or prep lunches.
While she impressed upon me how wonderful having a mother’s helper was, I never took action.
I blame exhaustion and overwhelm – the two things a mother’s helper would have alleviated.
Don’t be me. Start asking around and GET YOURSELF HELP!
9. Keep a Consistent Schedule
Kids thrive in a home with a consistent schedule.
It gives them security which helps with a child’s cognitive and emotional well being.
As moms, having consistent schedules and expectations means less arguing and pleading.
If that isn’t a shortcut , I don’t know what is.
10. Saying No
This word can change your life.
Saying no to some things allows you to say yes to those things that really matter.
Guard your schedule fiercely. Say no when necessary.
Those are the 10 Shortcuts I think every mom needs to stay sane. Do you have any you would add?