Moms have a lot going on. That’s why it’s super important to learn how to save yourself time and energy on everyday things. Otherwise motherhood starts to feel overwhelming. So here are 4 of the best mom hacks that will make your life a whole lot easier!
As a mom, you make decisions all day long for not only yourself but for all your little ones too. There is a lot to keep up with, but when you simplify specific areas of your life and home there are less decisions to make, less stuff to manage, and less stress.
I believe all moms benefit from choosing simplicity and in turn so do your families.
That’s what these mom hacks really are – a simple way of doing things.
4 Mom Hacks to Make Motherhood Easier
1. Create a mix and match wardrobe.
As a mom you don’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning. You need clothes that you can put on quickly and still make you feel good. No frumpy t-shirts!
I currently have a wardrobe that consists of about 15 shirts, 4 pants, 4 shorts, and 4 dresses not including extra pieces like tank tops, jackets, sweaters, and accessories.
Most all of my shirts pair well with my pants and shorts. I add variety to an outfit with my accessories and jackets. Corina at Now THAT I Can Do, Mama calls this an Elastic Wardrobe.
She shares how to use what you have and also how to purchase clothes items that can be used over and over in different ways.
How to simplify your wardrobe:
~ Figure out which colors look good on you and only look for those colors when shopping.
~Limit amount of clothes with bold patterns, so that you are able to mix and match more easily.
~ Make sure the majority of your clothes are versatile and can be worn with several other pieces in your wardrobe.
Get rid of the clothes you don’t love to wear. Once you’ve simplified your wardrobe to only clothes that you like wearing and are easy to mix and match, getting dressed each day will be so much easier. You’ll be able to look put together in less time!
2. Pick a Color Theme for Your Kid’s Wardrobe.
Kid clothes can get out of control really fast with gifts, holidays and events, and kids growing out of sizes.
With my first baby, I was constantly on the lookout for clothes and finding a good deal. During the summer I would purchase clothes on clearance and hope that he could wear them in the winter. I would pick up a random shirt here and a random pair of shorts there.
However, the end result was a bunch of clothes and shoes that didn’t really go together and some of the items he wasn’t even able to wear because 6 months later, he had already out grown the size I thought he would be in.
Kids grow at different rates and it is hard to know what size they will be 6 months from now let alone a year from now!
So I stopped the crazy cycle of purchasing random pieces and got intentional with how I shop for my kids clothes by sticking with a color theme. This makes shopping easier and makes getting them dressed quicker too. Most of their clothes will go togther.
Here’s what I do:
~ When the seasons change, take inventory of your kid’s clothes. You can read more extensively about how to transition kids’ clothes each season.
~ Come up with a list of specific items kids need for the following season.
~ Take your list to the store(s) and pick out their entire wardrobe in ONE shopping session.
~ Look for clothes that are easy to mix and match by picking clothes in a similar color palette and limiting bold patterns. For example, my son’s wardrobe consists pants and shorts that are mostly navy, grey, or tan. I stay away from black.
Then I purchase shirts that easily go with navy, grey, or tan.
3. Declutter Your Kid’s Toys.
Just like kid’s clothes, their toys can quickly get out of hand. You may also find that the more toys kids have, the less they play with me!
It’s true that the more toy options there are, the harder it is for kids to focus and play independently on one task. You’ll find that your kids will play better and for longer periods of time when you give them 1 or 2 toys at a time.
Every family is going to decide the right amount of toys for their kids. I’m not going to tell you that they should have a specific number. However, it may be time to go to your kid’s bedroom and go through all of the toys.
Pull out anything that is damaged or not played with often. Only keep out the toys that your child really enjoys playing with and keeps their imagination engaged. Usually, these will be non-electronic toys.
Once you have decluttered the current toy situation, you’ll need to manage the toy clutter.
You can read more about how I manage toy clutter each day.
4. Use a Master List of Meals to Meal Plan.
The last area that moms can simplify is meals. I’m not a fan of cooking, and I used to stress that my meals didn’t look like the recipes I saw on Pinterest.
I thought that I needed to try new meals every single week or somehow I wasn’t doing well. But you know what?
There is no rule that says you have to cook complicated recipes or that you have to serve different meals every day of the month.
I finally decided to simplify my meals by creating a master list of meal ideas. We rotate about 30 meals on a regular basis at our house. If I want to try a new recipe, I do. But I don’t pressure myself to try a new recipe every week or even every month.
I also simplified the sides that we serve with each meal and our breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Having a list makes meal planning super easy. It literally takes me 5 minutes to meal plan each week because I can quickly pick out ideas from my list.
These are 4 simple mom hacks you can use to simplify motherhood. Simplifying your wardrobe, your kid’s wardrobe, kids toys, and meals will allow you to make less decisions each day and free up your time and energy.
If you aren’t ready to tackle all of these areas, just focus on one thing to simplify this week. Then as you build momentum, you will find it is easier to simplify other areas of your motherhood too.
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