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An organized schedule is the best way to stay efficient as a busy mom. I know from experience, that if I don’t have an organized schedule each day, I wouldn’t get half the things done that I’d like to.
I’d find myself forgetting even the most basic tasks and it would feel like all the balls are dropping.
The only way I’m able to organize my life, being a full-time working wife and mom of 2 girls, is to schedule out my tasks. Then, I allocate time for each task to keep myself on track for the day and week.
If you’ve never been on a schedule for your weekly tasks, try it and you’ll notice that you have a lot more free time on your weekends.
Here are 7 Areas to Re-organize in Your schedule to save you time
1- Cleaning: Use the batch and 20 minute technique
Cleaning is something we all have to do at one point or another. It’s time to take back our precious Saturdays and start cleaning a better way.
I like to call it the 20 minute method. It’s as simple as the name. Allocate 20 minutes a day, Monday through Thursday to clean your home. That’s 100 minutes of cleaning, or an hour and 40 minutes.
The idea is to split your tasks by batches, so you get more done in less time.
For example, on Monday, my 20 minutes may look like this:
- Throw a load of laundry in the washer- 2 minutes
- Pick up master bedroom (make the bed, pick up trash, put clothes in hamper and put shoes in closet. – 10 minutes
- Vacuum master bedroom- 4 minutes
- Fold Laundry in the dryer and put away- 4 minutes (they are smaller daily loads so they take less time).
It’s up to you how you want your tasks divided. But, I try my best to always have a load of laundry washing (since it doesn’t take much effort on my part) while I clean something else.
2- Shopping: Go online, get things delivered, or do your shopping all in one day
If you’re part of our tribe, I just talked about this in a recent email. I recently changed the way I do my shopping and I saved 30 minutes from my shopping routine each week. Better yet, I was able to buy enough groceries to last 2 weeks!
Shopping less frequently means that I am able to spend more time relaxing with my family.
Here are some ways to change your shopping routine so that it doesn’t take up all your time.
- Shop online and get it delivered
- Limit your shopping to once a week or once every two weeks
- Use Instacart for grocery delivery
- Always shop with a list and your ads ready
- Limit the number of stores you visit, I went down from 3 to 2 and saved 2 hours a month!
I get it.
Sometimes to save a buck you have to sacrifice a bit of your time. But, you can still find a balance so that you’re still able to save money without wasting any of your valuable time.
Because I don’t know if you’ve heard….money can be earned again, but time never comes back.
So be careful how much time you give up to save a buck. Both are important, so finding the right balance is key.
When I changed my shopping routine, I was willing to pay a few more dollars to save some time. But you know what? I ended up staying within my budget AND saved time!
It’s amazing what you discover when you try something new. At times we get so used to our routines that we think there aren’t any better alternatives.
I encourage you to switch up your routine every now and then to find new alternatives. You might even save money AND time!
3- Laundry: No more piling laundry, use the 1-in-1-out method
I’ve talked about this in another post, but I’ll elaborate here.
I like to do my laundry Monday-Thursday. I don’t want to see laundry Friday-Sunday, haha. Those days are primarily mine (with a bit of meal prep mixed in).
So, I make sure I throw in at least 1 load in the washer and fold and put away 1 load from the dryer.
The entire process only physically takes me a total of 5-6 minutes.
It takes about 2 minutes to throw a load in and 3-4 minutes to fold and put away a load.
I will say the more you do laundry this way, the less laundry you have per load, at least that’s the case in my house.
If you don’t believe me, try it out and let me know.
If you take your clothes to a laundromat, there are still ways to save time.
You can clean out your car while you wait or you can write your grocery list. The main thing is to not sit idly waiting for your clothes to wash and dry. That would be a waste of your time.
4- Cleaning your car: Automate
Keep a trash bag that collects all the trash from snack wrappers and tissue. And never walk out of your car empty handed. You’re bound to find something that needs to go in the house or needs to be thrown out.
Do this on a daily basis (or even a weekly basis if you’re a bit lazy like me) and you’ll find that your car stays cleaner longer.
5- Mail sorting: The 60-second sorting method
Y’all, I hate this so much. I hate wasting paper and all the junk mail that we get is just wasted paper that has absolutely no purpose. Why do we still get junk mail?
In any case, my husband loves to just bring in all the mail and set it on the dining room table.
I combat the clutter by sorting through it as dinner is cooking. About 95% of it is trash.
I suggest something even better (and have been trying to get my husband to do this). Sort it out right by your mailbox. Take the junk mail directly to the trash and only come inside with the important stuff.
6- Kids activities: Set a limit
Super parents, this one’s for you. I know you want your kids to have the best experiences, learn how to make friends, be on a team, and understand how to win and lose.
I get it.
I’m a parent who wanted the same for my children too.
Key word is wanted, ha!
I still took them to extra-curricular activities, but we limited it.
You see…I was literally getting burnt out. I never had energy for anything, even to just hang out with them.
Let me know if this sounds familiar.
You pick up the kids, get home, scramble to make a meal super quick. Then, you inhale the meal, rush out the door as your kid is putting on their left shoe only to rush to the practice and sit around for an hour to two, waiting for it to be over.
Then, you get home, beat from the long day of working full time, making dinner, taking the kids to practice, to find that you still have to make lunches, clean the kitchen and get ready for bed.
Time with kids? Not today.
Time with hubby? Don’t even think about it.
What kind of life is that?
You’re not doing anyone any favors by burning the candle on both ends.
So, take your kids to extracurricular activities…but limit it to once or twice a week.
And the free days, make an extra meal to account for the extracurricular day, so you’re not scrambling for dinners.
Momma, give yourself time to breathe. Your schedule needs to have that breathing room and so do you.
7- Cooking: Batch cook or Meal prep a week ahead
I talk a lot about batch cooking…because I love it so darn much.
Not only do you save time during the week (like for extracurricular activities from #6), but you only have to clean the pots/pans/ choppers once.
It saves clean up time throughout the week and you have meals ready to go in busy nights.
Casseroles, stews, soups, and other meals that can be refrigerated or frozen for later make great batch cooking meals.
We all have routines and schedules in some form. Keeping our schedules organized and decluttered will help us stay on track throughout our day and our tasks.
If your schedule feels like you’re wasting time, then reorganize it, so it works more efficiently for you.
The key is to find ways to tweak your schedule so you become more efficient and can do things faster and with less effort.
The more we organize our schedules and routines, the more free time we give ourselves to do the things that matter most.