Moms’ lives aren’t easy. (Understatement, right?) They’re what we call, “The Ultimate Hustlers” or “The Ultimate Movers”–always on the go, always moving mountains, always filling their time with tasks that will benefit others. Single moms, working moms, and stay-at-home moms could all use a break – even if it’s for five minutes at a time. In honor of Mother’s Day recently, we’re sharing a few tips that can make day-to-day life a little easier for Mom.
Cleaning shouldn’t rest solely on Mom’s shoulders. It must be a combined effort. So, make it a game and assign everyone specific items to pick up. This doesn’t need to last longer than 10 minutes, so set a timer to add some adrenaline and fun. Tackle the simple tasks that tidy up the house, but save the vacuuming or dusting for spring cleaning.
Over time, you start to realize that most of the things that scatter throughout the home could use their own spot. Bins, baskets, and containers make for the best gathering places for like items. Shoes, keys, mail, and other things don’t have to be strewn out on the counters, toss them in the bin where they belong. Simple!
You can’t do it all at once–contrary to what the world expects of mothers. Prioritize the To-Dos, and divide tasks up evenly among everyone when possible. Then, you can actually see what’s doable and what can wait. Plus, when you’re more realistic with your To-Dos, you’re more likely to check things off your list. That always feels nice, doesn’t it?
To help yourself in the future, start throwing things away now. The more stuff you have, the more clutter you have, AND the more you have to clean and organize. As items are brought home, decide if it is something worth keeping. If not, throw it away or donate it.
You’ve got enough on your plate. Often, there’s hardly any time to run to the store, so have the store come to you. Services like Amazon Prime deliver fresh groceries and snacks to you for the days when you just can’t make the trip. For the essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, soap, etc., set up auto-ship. That way, you’re not always scrambling for the must-haves at the last minute.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget things. Use apps like Evernote, Due, and Clear for iPhone and Any.do, BZ Reminders, and Google Keep for Android to make notes and set reminders.
If you have some unique issues or needs in your particular family (as we all do), Pinterest is a great resource to go to find customized lifestyle hacks you never thought of.
Don’t waste your valuable time going to and from storage. When you’re juggling all holiday festivities, vacation packing (or unpacking), or a surprise party with all the fixins, getting things out of storage can be quite the detour. That’s why Callbox Storage makes it easy, by picking up your items, storing them with a photo inventory, and delivering your items back when you need them. To all the mothers out there, we appreciate all you do. Thanks for always being so selfless and putting everyone else first.