Let's face it, moms may seem to have everything under control, but that doesn't mean moms are not stressed out from all of the daily work they do for their families. From driving the kids to school and cleaning up the house to cooking nightly dinners, moms have a whole lot to be stressed out about! The good news is that there are plenty of ways that moms can save time during their daily routines and give themselves more time to relax. The Cooking Fairy, Joanna Wallis, a personal chef in Greenwich, CT, offers 10 ways that busy moms can save time so they can remain cool, calm and collected.
1. Get the kids organized -- Try to make sure that there's a place for everything at home to keep things organized. Store backpacks and coats on allocated hooks, shoes in boxes/baskets, and toys kept away in bins. Always have paper, pencils and markers on hand and easily accessible for the kids.
2. Make homework on the run easy - Stock your car with a fully-equipped pencil box and a clipboard for each child, which makes writing a breeze while sitting on chairs outside ballet class or even in the car at soccer practice. Your kids will never have the excuse of not having time to do their homework.
3. Don't leave dinner until the last minute - By spending at least 30 minutes twice a week thinking about what you can cook, you will eliminate the last minute panic of "what's for dinner"? It's easier to make a list of weekly meals that you can quickly refer to.
4. Delegate dinner - The biggest hurdle of mom's day seems to be getting a healthy, well-thought out dinner on the table that everyone will eat. Consider hiring a chef service/delivered meal service for a couple of days a week - such as The Cooking Fairy, who will customize menus to your family's likes/dislikes and drop oven-ready meals in the fridge.
5. Carpool, carpool -- Driving kids after school can just eat up the hours when you could be home helping with homework, getting dinner together and finishing up laundry. If your daughter is in dance class with your neighbor down the road, offer to take turns with rides to and from to save you a little extra time a few days a week.
6. Allocate errands geographically - Save up the less pressing errands until you have a few that need doing over at one side of town or the other. You will spend less time driving and save $$$ on gas!
7. Make a daily list (but don't panic if you don't get everything done!) - Having a to-do list cuts out the stress of simply having to remember where and what you're supposed to be doing. But don't stress if you don't manage to achieve everything on the list -- tackle the priorities first and if life happens, simply carry the remaining ones forward to the following day.
8. Only grocery shop once a week - If you spend time sitting down at home, planning your family's meals in some detail, you will find that you spend less time shopping. Think ahead and plan carefully, factoring in perishable items for the start of the week, like salads and berries and using items like legumes, carrots, cauliflower toward the end of the week.
9. Carve out time for yourself - Whether it be coffee with a friend, a trip to the salon, watching a show, or taking a walk, give yourself some personal time away from the kids to relax. Even small amounts of 'me-time' can make you feel less stressed and help you re-charge and re-prioritize.
10. Make your kids accountable - If your children are old enough, they can take responsibilities for some of the mundane tasks like setting the table for dinner, putting out the trash, getting their own equipment together for sports, folding laundry, etc. Giving them some responsibility will allow them to become more independent and you'll appreciate that they're taking the time to help out.
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Joanna Wallis is a busy mom of 3 who started cooking over 20 years ago. Her culinary knowledge is self-taught and spans a variety of different cuisines and styles. Her love of food was the inspiration for The Cooking Fairy which started out as a glimmer of shiny magic over three years ago. Joanna works as a personal chef for a wide range of clientèle and she loves bringing families together with healthy, delicious, and fresh meals prepared just for them.
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