At the end of the day, do you wonder where the day went? Do you still have things left on your to do list at the end of most days? Does it seem like there are more things for you to do each day and less time to do them? No, we can’t add any extra minutes or any extra hours into your days. What we can do, though, is learn a variety of short-cuts that can make many every day chores go a lot quicker, thus giving your extra time each day.
Need to save time at the grocery store? The best way to do is first by shopping alone. This means you need to leave the kids and the hubby at home. This will save you time and money.
You should also always go shopping armed with a grocery store list of the items you need. This will save you oodles of time. If you have the time, try to organize it by category. Once you get to the store, stick to the list. Once you get to the checkout lane, try to organize the items in like ways that you would store them at home. An example of this would be placing all your freezer items in one pile. Then once you bag the items, do it the same way.
Write out menus for every week, ahead of time. This will save you time each night, trying to decide what to cook. Try to use one ingredient twice in one week. For instance, you can have hamburgers one night and spaghetti the next. Just fry extra hamburger the first night. This will save you a step when it comes time to make your spaghetti sauce.
Your Morning Routine
Pick your outfit before you go to bed. This includes laying the accessories to go with it. If your children are young, lay out their clothes, too. Prepare your coffee maker for the morning. Lay out your breakfast bowls, cereal and spoons. Make lunches the night before, too. All of this will give you extra time in the morning. This will be beneficial on those mornings you are running late or just have no energy.
Assign a small house chore to each day. Then you won’t have so many to do on that one cleaning day. When that one cleaning day does arrive, make sure you start your cleaning routine with all your cleaning supplies at your disposal in a bucket that you can carry from room to room. This will save you time and steps as you walk from room to room looking for what you need.
Organize the laundry room. Make a space for each pile of clothes. There should be a basket labeled for whites, lights and darks. There should also be a place to hang moist clothes until they dry. This will save you oodles of time when you go to your laundry because you won’t have to sort through the piles and you won’t feel like your room or area is a wreck.
Yes, there are days in which we all need more hours or minutes. Since we can’t stretch our days, we all need to take a deep breath during these stressful occasions, look at what we are doing and see if we can organize our chores in a better way to give us these needed hours or minutes.