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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Genius Time-Saving Hacks For New Parents

The word "busy" doesn't truly capture the frenetic pace at which modern parents must live their lives. Not only do they have to go to work, ensure they get their 20 minutes of exercise per day, prepare healthy food, and pursue their hobbies, but they also have to take care of their kids too. To say that the schedule of most parents is insane is, frankly, an understatement. 


Life is tough for parents. All of a sudden, they become a taxi service and a concierge service for their children, having to predict their needs as well as their own. It's a tough existence. But the good news is that there are plenty of hacks out there for parents to save time and take back control of their schedules. By implementing some of these ideas, you can free up time and regain your freedom.

Pay Your Bills On Autopilot

Writing checks, opening bills, and paying online is a hassle. Wouldn't it be better if you could just automate the whole lot? The good news is that you can for most of the things you need to buy, day in, day out, such as gas, electric and water.

Get Your Groceries Delivered On Repair

Sure, most people are using direct debit for regular household bills. But what about groceries?

Grocery shopping is a significant time-drain for parents, even if you do it once per week. What's worse, you often have to bring your children with you for the ride if there's nobody else at home to look after them. Supermarkets and children don't mix.

The good news is that you can get your groceries delivered to your home. What's more most, supermarkets will save your basket for you, allowing you to order your regular week's shopping on repeat, without having to spend hours fiddling about, selecting the items you want. Good huh?

Cook Up A Double Batch Of Food

Cooking is time-consuming and eats into your evening. By the time you've cooked a meal, sat everyone around the dinner table and washed up, your evening has all but vanished. Surely there's a way to avoid this without resorting to unhealthy take-out?

It turns out there is: it's called batch cooking. Batch cooking is easy. All you do is make a double or triple portion, and then siphon off whatever you don't eat into freezer-proof containers for the following week. Batch cooking is particularly useful for things like bean chilli where you create a big pot of food, some of which you can eat on another day.

Become A Pro Stain Remover

Removing stains from uniforms is something that all parents dread. Not only are school uniforms expensive, but removing stains can be a massive hassle, especially if you don't know what you're doing.

The good news is that there are all kinds of proven and easy-to-apply methods for removing stains from items of clothing, including food stains and mud. All you need to do is read up about them, memorise what to do, and you'll end up saving mountains of time.

Combine Cleaning With Making Phone Calls

If your job requires you to be on the phone a lot of the time, then you might want to try multitasking. Instead of waiting to get into the office to make calls, start talking to the people you need to speak with while doing the laundry or cleaning the kitchen using a headset. You'll be able to do twice as much as you would otherwise.

Spend Time Getting Your Children To Do Chores

Kids usually hate chores. But with the right parenting approach, you can get them into good habits, reducing your overall burden.

The best strategy is to keep a tight ship. You want to lead by example and show children that if they create a mess, they need to clean it up soon after. Simple things like putting dirty dishes in the dryer and dirty clothes in the laundry basket can help enormously.

Start Using Baskets To Control Clutter

When kids arrive, they tend to take over the home. Whereas before, the household was geared toward the needs of the parents, it can soon become overrun with toys and other paraphernalia, making adults wonder whether their house is genuinely theirs anymore.




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One way to stop the rot is to use baskets to control the clutter, especially if you're overrun with toys. You can use baskets for all kinds of things to make organisation easier and stop relying on the floor, tables, or kitchen surfaces. Baskets are particularly suitable for toys because your kids can just replace them when they've finished playing.

Give Up Your Perfectionism

Okay, so this isn't so much of a hack but rather a way of changing your mindset. Many parents think that their homes can be perfect, even with children. The problem is that kids have a totally different set of priorities. Interior harmony is not their strong suit.

Giving up perfectionism can be a challenge, especially if you're a house-proud person. But it's something that you'll need to do unless you want to be mired in a constant state of frustration.

Buy All-Black Or All-White Socks

If you want to make doing the laundry easier, it's a good policy to buy only plain black or plain white socks. The reason for this is the fact that socks have an annoying tendency to go missing, leaving a single odd sock in the basket with no hope of ever finding its counterpart. Instead of wasting your time matching up pairs of socks and putting them into draws, you can just pair any individual sock with any other. Genius!

Saving time as a parent is a priority. When you don't have sufficient time to yourself, your parenting suffers, and you don't get what you want out of life. It's a tragedy. The purpose of these time-saving hacks is to show that you have a large amount of control over your time and can shave off minutes here and there which all add up to a substantial amount of time saved.

K Elizabeth xoxox

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