Let’s face it, being a parent involves multitasking and being a balancer of time and scheduling for all of the important people in your life. While it can sometimes feel overwhelming, there are great time savers available to you.
Read on for more information about five practical time savers that you can immediately implement.
Reserve your library items online
The library is a fantastic place to attend events and to obtain a wonderful array of books and DVDs. However, it can be time consuming to search for what you are looking for, or to fill out inter-library loan requests.
Save time by using your public library’s online reservation system. Now your trips to the library can simply involve walking up to the counter, presenting your library card, and picking up your reserved stack of items.
Purchase groceries online
This idea could involve purchasing items from an online supplier and having them shipped directly to your home. Businesses like Klosterman Baking Company are able to deliver their products directly to you for a convenient experience.
Some companies offer free shipping with a minimum order, and also subscribe and save discounts for automatic monthly deliveries. There are also grocery stores that allow you to choose and pay for your items online and then simply pull up to a designated area and have the bags placed in your vehicle.
Utilize freezer meals
Choose one or two days per month as freezer prepping or cooking days. Plan ahead and use this time to create a multitude of freezer meals. Doing so allows you to save time and money on busy days when you don’t have time to cook.
You can simply pull a meal out of the freezer rather than feeling stressed out and trying to cram meal-making into a very busy day, and also to avoid purchasing unhealthy food from a fast food drive-through.
If setting aside a portion of an entire day or two seems like too much, simply cook a double batch of meals a few times a month and freeze the second batch of the meal. This allows you to cook once, but enjoy twice.
Mornings are a typically hectic time in any household. Save yourself some time and sanity by laying everyone’s clothes for the next day out the night before. While you are at it, also pack lunches and get bags ready for the next day. This habit should allow mornings to run much smoother.
The chaos of clutter makes items hard to find and wastes time. Go through your home room by room and move items that don’t belong in that room to a room where they do belong.
Also set aside items that you can throw out or donate. As a family, work toward everything having a place, and make sure that organizational systems are accessible and practical for even the youngest family members.
There are many ways to make the most of your time. The above ideas are simple, and can inspire you to regain control of your life and allow you to feel like you are stretching the hours and minutes on the clock.
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