becoming a working mom five years ago, I've gotten really good when it comes to
routines and organization to help me salvage my precious free time and also
make more time to spend with my girls. But since my second daughter was born
nearly a year ago, to say that my life is a bit hectic is an understatement as
a full time leaning in working mom.
I'm really shocked that I manage to get everything done without too many panic-stricken moments. What I soon realized, though, was that I started to be more
creative with my routines.
are a few of my working mom hacks that save my sanity in addition to some other
ingenious working mom hacks from other busy moms!
Get your mind out of the gutter. It's not
THAT kind of party. I shower at night during the work week because getting up
at 5:30 a.m. is early enough for me. So on nights when it's the girls' "bath"
night, I bring them into the shower with me after dinner. Everyone gets clean,
toys are involved so the girls have fun, and I'm showered before they are in
bed, which means I get more time to sit on my butt before I have to go to bed.
2. Jail Time
Finding time to exercise is tough. But it's a priority for me.
Everyone is better off when I can get my endorphins going. On days that my
husband isn't home before dinner, I've been known to put both the baby and my
preschooler, along with some toys, in the pack-and-play while I do a quick 30-minute exercise video. The baby is amused by her older sister, and big sis is
enthralled that she gets to play "baby." It mostly
works out for everyone in the end.
3. Clean All
Extra-long showers are my
favorite. Sometimes it's to have some more decompressing time at the end of a
long day, but other times it's because I'm cleaning the shower. Of course I
rather not be doing the latter, but when I'm crunched for time, I do what I can
to take care of household chores without interruptions.
4. Getting Dressed Made Easy
I've had way too many early morning battles with a cranky preschooler about getting dressed.
mom Debbie Hodges Walyus has gleaned some great advice from seasoned working
moms for when her kiddo is older. "I recently
heard of a mom who dresses her kids at night for the next day. No PJs but
normal clothes." This is brilliant! I've had way too many early morning battles
with a cranky preschooler about getting dressed. Now I wonder how well I could
sleep if I wore my own work clothes to bed?
5. Birthday Parties Done Right
mom, Lauren Doyle
Exnicios, really knows how to keep up
with the hustle and flow of all the birthday parties her two girls get invited
to. "I buy birthday gifts in bulk when Amazon or
another site has a sale so I don't even have to think about what to get when we
get a last-minute invite or if I forget that so and so's party is this weekend."
How much easier can it get! I'm always running around last minute to purchase
birthday presents for my daughter's friends. Totally bookmarking this working
6. Automatic Laundry
Laundry, along with cleaning the house is one of my least favorite
adult things I have to do. And working mama NJ Rongner has figured out how to ease this task with the help of
technology! "I use our front loading washing machine
to my fullest advantage. It has the ability to schedule a load of laundry to
start in advance. I schedule a load to wash around 3:30 a.m. every day. When I
get up at 5 a.m., one of the first things I do is throw that load in the dryer
and schedule the next day's load. When the day is done and the kids are in bed,
I fold and put away. Because I'm only dealing with one load a day, I'm never
overwhelmed by laundry and it doesn't take long to take care of." Now I
think I need to go shopping for a new washing machine.
Working Mom Style
Goerend, teacher and mom to
two boys and another baby on the way, goes to extremes when planning her
working mom attire. "I plan all my outfits along with accessories during a nap
time on the weekend, so in the morning I just grab the outfit and accessories
all off the hanger so I don't have to think about it. I hang the
scarf/necklace/bracelets on the hanger with the clothes." Now if I could have
enough forethought to think about accessorizing my outfits!
8. Get All the Sillies Out
They get to burn off energy and I have a few moments without a kid in my face.
mom of three, Laura Anderson does the
unthinkable on weeknights. "On nights when I'm
flying solo and I've had a long day at work and am beyond worn out, I take the
boys to a big play place at the local community center. They get to burn off
energy and I have a few moments without a kid in my face to collect my
thoughts." And here I thought taking my girls to Target on solo parenting
nights was a smart move.
9. Ultimate multi-tasking.
Kent, working mom to a toddler,
really knows how to hack her morning routine. "I
have a box of toys under my bathroom counter for my son to play with while I'm
getting ready." Baby is happy and mom can get all the things done! Kent even
goes a step further as she's primping in the morning. "I also check my emails
while I'm curling my hair. It helps me leave the heat on my hair longer, too,
which gives me better curls!" Momming, working and primping all at once!
Goree, working mom with two kids, separates her kids during breakfast. She does
this so that "they don't egg each other on and fight." What a great time saver!
I'm totally taking note of this one for when baby sister gets older.
your working mom hack to add to this list?