Whenever someone asked me how I’ve been, my response was always “BUSY”.
And it’s no wonder we Mum’s are always so busy.
We spend HOURS at work, then pick up the kids, duck into the grocery store to buy something for dinner (or just give in and order takeaway), then cook dinner while the kids are doing their homework, stop World War III over whose going to have the first shower, serve dinner, clean the kitchen, put the kids to bed, pack the lunches, iron the clothes (if you can be bothered) and when we glance at our watch it’s now 9.30pm (where did that time go?). Time for our shower and once we finally get to sit down, we fall asleep!
I’m exhausted just reading about what we do in a day!
I talk more about how to Stop Being the One Who Does Everything in my FREE email course below.
But today, I wanted to share with you 3 simple steps I’ve found, which has given me more time to do what I love.
We all need more time right? 😉
Delegate the Cooking
You don’t have to be the one to cook e-v-e-r-y night.
It’s time everyone, including the kids, cook one meal per week.
Our kids absolutely love it when it’s their turn. Sometimes they pull out the cookbooks for inspiration or come up with their own ideas.
Our Miss 10 chose to cook sausages, ceasar salad and grilled halloumi cheese one night on the barbeque, a combo she made up herself.
I know what you’re thinking… my kids can’t cook! But wait… hear me out!
To help out, I created a step-by-step Spaghetti Bolognese cooking video just for kids, which our daughter loves to use and you can access it HERE for free.
Another easy option, for when the kids are just starting out in the kitchen, is to buy some frozen pizzas, garlic bread and a salad kit.
They can just heat the pizzas and garlic bread, set the table and put the salad together.
It’s a great way to get them in the kitchen and learning how to serve a meal.
Of course it’s important we rave about how delicious their meals are and all compliments are welcomed by them 😉 .
TIME SAVED: 30 mins per person each week (Setting the table and cooking dinner)
Morning and Afternoon Chore for the Kids
In our home, the kids do at least one chore each morning and night.
In the morning, our son unpacks the dishwasher while our daughter feeds the chickens, guinea pigs and cat.
Everyone calmly goes about finishing their morning checklist and completing their chores.
It is so lovely to have more time get ready and breathe in the morning fresh air, instead of yelling and rushing like mad idiots… like we used to do. Of course there is still the occasional fight! 🙄
Here are some ideas for chores:
If this seems too difficult:
- start with a simple small chore or
- complete a trickier chore with them for a few weeks, until they have learned how to do it on their own.
We do it at work… we train… we delegate.
Why not do it at home?
TIME SAVED: 3.5 hours per person each week (depending on chores)
Online Grocery Shopping
I discovered, going grocery shopping was costing me nearly two hours a week.
Drive and find car park = 20 mins
Shop = 1 hr
Pack car and drive home = 20 mins
then 10 mins to unpack car
That’s a total of 104 hours a year!
That’s when I joined the online grocery shopping community!
I’ve written a post about this in more detail which you can read about here.
If you live outside the delivery zone simply use the Click & Collect option.
You drive to the store’s back entrance and they load the shopping directly into your car.
It won’t save you as much time as it would having them delivered, but it still saves time!
TIME SAVED: 1.5 hours per week
So let’s recap
We busy mums have saved a total of 5.5 hours… minimum… every week!!
- Delegating Dinners
- Morning and Afternoon Chores for the Kids
- Grocery Shopping Online
Now that’s 5.5 hours you can now spend on doing something YOU love!
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