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Using these time-saving strategies changed my life. It sounds like a crazy statement, but in reality, when you’re able to efficiently manage your time, it makes a huge impact on your life.
Being able to manage and organize my time without a ton of effort helped me create peace in my home. It also helped me plan better and save more money in my budget.
I should probably start off with the obvious statement, “I’m a busy mom”. I work full-time outside of the home, I’m a wife and mom to two school-aged kids (fully equipped with after school activities), and have to run my home successfully on a daily basis.
So, you know if there is a time-saving routine, I’m ready to dive in.
My life can be pretty busy. For many years, I found myself increasing the load of tasks, which reduced my free time, which was already limited to begin with.
As a result, I stumbled through my days, from going to work and forgetting my lunch, to coming home and remembering that I didn’t take anything out of the freezer to cook for dinner.
Mom of the year right here!
Life was overwhelming, and the more I didn’t plan ahead, the more my life seemed like an uncontrollable chaos. We were eating out more often, the house mess was breeding out of control, and I just wanted to go anywhere but home.
This directly translated to retail therapy, more expensive outings, and money shooting out of my…hands.
So, I started using these 7 time-saving strategies to help me organize my time better.
Organizing my time resulted in organizing my life. Things work so much better when you have a routine that gets things done with less effort.
7 Time-Saving Tips to Organize Your Life
1. The 20-minute Cleaning Method
I time myself for 20 minutes and clean one room or section of the house. I clean until the timer goes off. Usually, I can clean an entire room in this amount of time. But, even if I can’t, the space visibly looks better and I feel better looking at it.
No matter how tired I am, I can almost always do something for 20 minutes. So, this method helped me get a grip on my chores around the house and saved me so much time during the weekend, when I’d otherwise clean the whole house.
2. Let Laundry Clean While You Do
I’m blessed and grateful that I have a laundry room in my house. I can easily throw a load in the wash while I’m making dinner after work. Then, I throw it in the dryer before I sleep.
If there is a load already in the dryer, then I fold that one load and put it away. The whole task takes about 15-20 minutes and keeps your laundry corralled, so it never gets out of control.
3. Prep Meals on the Weekend
This should only take a total of an hour or two, including the shopping.
Set your meal plan, shop for groceries, and prep your dinners. Ever since I started on this routine, my weekdays run so much smoother and I feel more relaxed. It also helps me fight the urge for fast food. It also helps me relax on the weekend, knowing that my upcoming week is fully planned out.
4. Prep Your Ingredients Right After Your Shopping Trip
I always buy family packs of meat and poultry because it saves a lot of money (more on the topic of saving groceries here and here). So, right when I got home, I put on some gloves and started dividing my meat into meal size portions. I do the same with chicken, and seafood.
This saves me time and money. I know the amount I have in each bag will feed my family and if I have someone over for dinner, I just take out additional portions as I need them.
5. Clean Your Kitchen at Night
No one likes waking up to a messy kitchen. I’ve adopted the race-against-the-clock method for this and it works 95% of the time.
I set my timer for just 15 minutes and I can usually have the dishes put in the dishwasher, pots & pans washed, and counters clean and clear.
It’s funny, when I first started this, it was really to challenge myself to see how fast I could clean the kitchen, because it was my most-hated task.
But now, it has motivated me to keep on that nightly task because no matter how horribly messy my kitchen gets (it always looks like a tornado hit it after dinner each night), I know that I can completely clean it in less than 15 minutes.
6. Make Lunches The Night Before
My husband and I take our lunch to work each day (okay, okay, most days). making the lunches the night before helps me get a grip on my mornings. I don’t have to think of what I am going to eat while I’m in a rush, I’ve got everything ready to grab and go.
The kids usually eat at school, but if they’re taking snacks or breakfast the next day, I usually have them prepared the night before too. It just makes for smoother mornings and it only takes about 10 minutes in total.
7. Plan Your Outfit The Night Before
When I plan ahead and get my outfit ready, it changes my mornings. I feel less flustered when I wake up and I feel more put together because I took time to think about what to wear.
I’ve had many rushed mornings when I stand in front of my closet completely perplexed on what to wear. It stresses me out, wastes a lot of precious morning time, and I usually don’t like the outfit I pick.
By planning my clothes the night before, it also gives me time to press any wrinkles out or make sure that the outfit looks presentable without scrambling to do it in the morning.
These strategies helped me organize my life in a way that keeps it simple. Every tip takes only a few minutes, but can make a big impact on the rest of your routines.
I’m always looking for better ways to organize my time so I can feel in control of my day.
Adding even one or two of these strategies can save time and help bring a sense of calm back into your life.
When life is a little more organized, it’s easier to save money on things like take out, since you’re taking the time to plan your meals and chores ahead.
Whether you’re a busy parent or college student, these methods can be adaptable to fit your lifestyle.
Every routine in itself can be tweaked and adjusted to fit your life. And every strategy you take can save time that you can use to spend with your family or just relax.
What’s your favorite strategy that makes your life more organized?
I’d love to hear your ideas.