Whether you work full-time, or part time, or stay at home with your children, life as a parent is incredibly busy.
So any shortcuts you can take or tricks you can use to save yourself some valuable time and energy are well worth knowing.
Here are some of my favourite time saving tips for busy parents that help me claw back some of that precious time and feel a bit more in control.
Let people come to you
Wherever possible get people to come to you with their services instead of you going to them.
Order your food shopping online and have it delivered to your home. If you need anything doing to your car get them to come to you. Whether it’s a diamond cut alloy repair or replacement window glass, you can find someone to come to you rather than spend precious time sat in a garage.
There are more and more services popping up that can help you, so next time you think about going somewhere to buy something or fix something, have a quick look online to see if there’s a way you can get someone to bring it to you instead.
When you’re cooking dinner make enough for a few meals. It won’t take you much longer that day but will save a lot of time in the future. You can pop the extra in the fridge to reheat the next day or portion it up and freeze it for nights when you’re really short on time.
Another great way to save time in the evenings is to use a slow cooker.
You can just chuck in all the ingredients in the morning, leave it on low all day and have a delicious meal ready for you in the evening. I love using our slow cooker for various soups, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes and even ‘roast’ chickens for a super easy Sunday lunch.
If you know that your mornings are always hectic, trying to get everyone out the door for school and work on time, then do as much as you can to prepare the night before.
Make sandwiches and pack lunches. Make sure all the bags are ready and any forms or letters that need to go back to school are sorted. Check the weather forecast and get suitable clothes and shoes/boots out and ready.
Basically do anything you can the night before to save stress and time in the morning.
Following on from the last point, you can save yourself a lot of time in the long run by getting more organised and putting systems in place.
If you know that you always waste valuable time looking for your keys in the morning, then pick a designated spot for them to be put every single time you walk in through the front door.
Do the same for all the important things you need to keep track of. Having a central family calendar where you can write down everyone’s appointments, clubs and key dates is so important to keeping on top of everything. You could even go one step further and set up a home command centre so everything is kept up together, saving you so much time in searching for things when you’re in a rush to leave the house.
Hopefully these tips will help you save some time and feel a bit less rushed off your feet.
Do you have any other brilliant time-saving tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post