I love using minimalism as a tool for efficiency. Implementing minimalism not only helps me to save time and money, makes my life easier but also helps me to achieve goals. A mom wears so many hats. Mother, wife, daughter, sister, housekeeper, cook, driver, volunteer, cheerleader, etc. you name it. Life can get so hectic. Finding ways to simplify your mom life can help you save time and money, reduce stress, be happier and enjoy life more.
Today, I’m going to share 5 tips for simplifying your life as a mom. I hope you’ll find these tips helpful. Okay, let’s get started!
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5 Ways to Simplify Your Life as a Mom
1. Plan Ahead, Stress Less
Planning and organizing your life with a planner will help you stay focused and get organized.
- Use a planner to plan out your day, week, month and year. Write a daily to-do list. Prioritize based on your goals and set the top 3 tasks that you need to be done first in a day.
- Set up a calendar that can share with your partner. There’s a wall calendar in our kitchen. I like to write down appointments, activities, family events, etc. or anything that I need to get my husband’s attention. This family calendar system helps us to get our schedules organized effectively in one location that both of us can see.
- Create a monthly budget so that you can keep track of the expenses.
- Make plans even for a vacation. Plan a trip far in advance helps you save money. Start contributing to a vacation fund will help to relieve the financial stress when it’s time for a vacation.
- Write down goals helps you to stay focused and motivated. I like the vision board in my bullet journal.
- Do a brain dump at least once a week. It helps to declutter your mind and gain clarity. You’ll be more focused on what matters most.
- I’m using this Midori Traveler’s Notebook to keep my life organized. I even wrote an article about how this planner gets me motivated and increase my productivity. Find a notebook that works for you. I’m also using this simple notebook daily to get the ideas out of my head. It has a nice paper quality at an affordable price.
2. Purge Often and Regular Cleaning
Set up a daily decluttering and cleaning routine that will help your home stay organized.
- Make bed every morning.
- Wipe down the bathroom counter every morning.
- Clean as you go. Pick up anything on the floor.
- Stop the junk mail clutter. Once you enter your home, sort mail and deal with the papers immediately. Junk mail should go to the recycle bin. If not, it will get you to make a pile on the countertop.
- Wipe down the kitchen sink and counter after dinner. No dishes in the sink. Always wash dishes after a meal. Or put them in the dishwasher right away.
- Spend 10 minutes a day to declutter your home. Straightening up and put things away.
I like cutting down on things that can help me to clean less. For example, I gave away the duplicate kitchen gadgets to friends. I don’t really need the extra stuff to clutter my space.
Create a wardrobe that works for you! Purge items you don’t like or don’t wear anymore. I’m a stay-at-home mom and I really don’t need lots of clothes in my closet. I”ve minimized the wardrobe over the last few years. It made me easier to look for what I want to wear.
I feel like when I own less stuff, I feel less stressed. I don’t have to spend too much time cleaning and organizing. That means I can have time to relax.
3. Meal Planning
We’ve busy schedules after school. I really don’t have much time to cook on weekdays. Aiming to have our meals to be balanced and healthy, a homecooked dinner is the only way to go.
We have a master list of our family’s favorite recipes that rotate weekly. Here are some of our family’s favorite meals. They are quick and easy to cook.
- Stir-fry beef with vegetables on Monday
- One-pan baked chicken on Tuesday
- Sheet pan salmon with vegetables on Wednesday
- Teriyaki chicken on Thursday
- Stir-fry shrimp with vegetables on Friday
Every meal includes carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. We keep some versatile ingredients as our pantry staples like rice, pasta, noodles, bread, eggs, etc. and we eat rice almost every day that keeps us full.
I cook simple meals with real food. That means in its original form. Eating real food boost our energy and provide the nutrients we need.
I’ve always liked to minimize the preparation and cooking time, use a few ingredients just like this Oyakodon recipe. It’s quick, simple and so delicious!
If you have a hard time finding time to cook, try crock-pot cooking and sheet pan dinners. They all save you time and energy in the kitchen.
I’ve always wanted to save time grocery shopping. We now go to Costco once a month, buy the household items and meat in bulk. And we buy produce and milk in our local stores every two weeks. If you can pre-order things and pick them up in store, this will save you so much time too.
4. Task Batching
One of the time management that every mom should do is batching tasks. Batching tasks can simplify your mom life, save you time and make you more efficient. When you set a time to do a list of similar tasks, you’ll be more productive, more focused and less distracted. I’ve always liked to:
- pack lunch for tomorrow while I’m prepping dinner.
- batch cooking like brown ground beef in bulk all at once, and then separate into several bags. Put them in the freezer and I can take them out to cook anytime I want.
- to schedule a time to read and respond to emails in one sitting.
- wipe down counters and spot clean the area.
- brainstorm ideas and listen to podcasts on my commute.
Your tasks may be different from mine. If you want to simplify your mom life, batching tasks will save you time and sanity.
5. Use Your Time Wisely
I don’t know about you. But I can waste a lot of time on social media if I don’t set limits on the amount of time on them. Spend less time on social media will help you boost productivity.
If you want to simplify your mom life, you need to be more intentional with the time spent in a day. Use time blocking to get the job done. Plan out your day and block time for the tasks. I like using Excel spreadsheets like this one to design my weekly plan.
I’ve always tried to make the best use of my time. When I’m working at home, I don’t pick up any call. All phone calls go straight to the voicemail, and I turn my mobile phone goes into silent mode. I need to remove all kinds of distractions and 100% focus on my work.
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Do you have any tips for simplifying your mom life? Please share in the comments.