Back-To-School Time-Saving Tips
The start of a new school year is always a hectic time, especially for working parents. Between busy work schedules, carpools, soccer practice, last minute errands, and getting dinner on the table, there’s not enough time to get everything done. No matter how much of a super-mom or dad you are, it helps to know that you’re not alone. Here are five ways to help parents save time and manage their busy day-to-day lives.
Enlist help with the to-do list
It’s time to divide and conquer! Sure, the family depends on you to do everything, but with house-cleaning services from Maid Right, there is no need to tackle cleaning the house from top to bottom. As for small, daily chores, have the kids take on folding the laundry and loading the dishwasher. For other time-consuming to-do’s, like grocery shopping and running errands, consider ordering your groceries online and then pick them up on the same day you run other errands.
Organization is a critical part of saving time and maintaining a stress-free routine. Five minutes here and there looking for the scissors, a phone number, or the kids shoes can really have an impact on your day. Although being organized requires a little effort every day, start the process by determining your organizational pain points. For most of us, it’s the kitchen junk drawer or the catch-all paperwork tray. For drawers and shelves, try using labels so family members know what belongs and what does not. Maybe offer a little surprise incentive if the drawer stays clean for a month.
As for the over-flowing stack of paperwork, create a file for menus and coupons to your favorite restaurants. Avoid as much paper as possible by signing up to receive bills and even coupons electronically. Try to go paperless.
Inevitably things happen when you least expect them to. Being prepared for life’s little emergencies can be a big time saver. When it comes to the kids, you can never be too prepared. Keep an overnight bag in your car packed with an extra outfit for each child. Include items like diapers, underwear, snacks, and toiletries. You will be set in case of an emergency, meal mishap, or change of plans.
Round up the kids
You’ve got the shoes, but where are the socks? The paperwork is complete, but the folder has gone missing. By the time the kids are ready for school, you are exhausted. Getting things organized is no small task. Save yourself from the chaos of scrambling to pull it all together at the last minute. Try assembling outfits ahead of time for the week. Make sure socks and shoes are paired and easy to find, and designate a folder (with label) for important school paperwork.
Stick to your schedule
Multi-tasking comes naturally to most parents, but believe it or not, multi-tasking can keep you from getting things done. Even though it may seem like you’re saving time, taking on multiple tasks at one once, may take more time than sticking to one thing and seeing it through. Keep your schedule on track by creating a master calendar that can be accessed from your mobile phone. Limit the amount of time you spend checking text messages and answering emails. Schedule appointments early in the day so your routine is not interrupted.
Making these tips work for you
Not sure how to make these time-saving tips work for you? First decide which duties need immediate attention and which you can do later. Make a list of weekly commitments and house hold chores, including how much time each one takes. Once you compile a list, you’ll be able to see what has to be done, what can wait, and what you can hire a house cleaning service like Maid Right to do for you. Let Maid Right take care of cleaning your home so you have more time to enjoy all the other parts of your day.