17 Mom Hacks that Make Life Easier

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If you’re a busy mama that’s struggling to handle alllll the things, it’s time to pause, adjust, and take your sanity back! This list of mom hacks that make life easier will be a total game changer for you.

 

I bet there are a few things on this list you haven’t tried yet!

 

MOM HACKS THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER

 

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  1. GET EVERYTHING DELIVERED

 

If you live near establishments that offer free home delivery, take advantage of them.

 

So many moms get caught up in their normal routine without realizing there are EASIER ways of doing things now!

 

Take advantage of these tools and resources that will make your life easier.

 

Instead of spending time driving to the store, unloading kids, shopping, bagging up groceries, and driving home – just set up online accounts with your local stores and have everything delivered to your door.

 

Some of my favorite businesses that deliver:

 

Albertsons
Target
CVS Pharmacy

 

Another bonus of delivery apps: you can usually save your shopping lists and re-use them when it’s time to shop again – which saves you even more time.

 

Many small local-owned shops will deliver too, so be sure to look online or call and ask.

 

  1. USE MESH BAGS TO WASH SMALL TOYS

 

Small toys and Legos are a hassle to clean, but if you throw everything into a mesh bag with zips closed, it makes your job so much easier.

 

Always wash plush toys, small hard toys, and tiny Legos in the washing machine in a mesh bag like this one.

 

mesh bag full of stuffed animals

 

  1. KEEP AN EMERGENCY PACK IN THE CAR

 

Every mom should keep a small emergency pack in their vehicle.

 

My emergency pack has a change of clothes for everyone, trail mix, water, diapers, wipes, lighters, cash, a small first-aid kit, and a few other essentials.

 

You can either have a large duffle bag with essentials for the whole family, or a few small zipper bags tucked under the seat. Small zipper bags like these are great for filling with emergency stash items and tucking under the seat.

 

PRO MOM HACK: Always keep a few diapers in the car, even if you don’t have small kids anymore. They are the most absorbent little towels you’ll ever find and they come in handy for all sorts of spills and situations!

 

Here is a list of everything you should have in your emergency bag.

 

  1. USE A CAR STICKER TO KEEP KIDS SAFE IN PARKING LOTS

 

If you have small kids that are quick runners, get these fun car stickers and place them on the side of your vehicle.

 

Teach the kids to keep their hand on the sticker while everyone gets in/out of the car. Keeps everyone close to the car while mom gets everyone situated.

 

  1. USE PAINTER’S TAPE TO ENTERTAIN

 

Painter’s tape is the easiest toddler entertainment known to mankind.

 

Give your toddler a roll of painter’s tape and let them decorate the walls or the floor. It’s easy to cleanup and it doesn’t cause any damage.

 

Learned this trick from my daddy, who was a construction worker that always had the best ‘NON-TOY’ toys to entertain us kids!

 

  1. KEEP SNACKS AND WATER IN THE CAR

 

Humans are fragile creatures, right?

 

Let a few hours pass by without a good meal and just watch us melt into uncontrollably emotional toddlers (including us adults).

 

Be proactive and make sure you have a few packaged snacks and a drink in the car at all times.

 

  1. KEEP SNACKS IN THE KID’S REACH

 

While we’re on the topic of snacks, you can also put a few (safely edible) snacks down where the small kids can reach them.

 

We have a snack tray that’s easily accessible for the kids, and everyone knows that they can dig in for 1-2 snacks from the bin every, although I’m sure they occasionally sneak a few more when I’m not looking.

 

Makes my life easier because I don’t have to pass out snacks all day long!

 

  1. USE MESH BAGS TO KEEP TINY SOCKS TOGETHER

 

Tiny socks and hand mittens love to escape in the washer and dryer. Use a mesh laundry bag to keep all of them together during the washing/drying cycle.

 

PRO MOM HACK: Clip a mesh bag onto the laundry basket with a clothespin.

 

Also, be sure to teach the kids to put all socks into the mesh bag instead of the laundry bin. The sooner the kiddos start pulling their own weight around the house, the easier your job beomes.

 

  1. DOUBLE UP ON DINNER RECIPES

 

If you’re making a meal that you know the kids LOVE, double up the recipe!

 

You can freeze the second batch or repurpose it for lunch tomorrow.

 

These are great storage containers with lids for soups or liquids. These are great reusable zipper bags for freezing anything else.

 

 

  1. PLAN AHEAD FOR MELTDOWNS

 

If your toddler is known to melt down whenever they forget their favorite stuffed animal, buy a back-up and keep it in the car.

 

If the kids are always fighting over the princess cup, get rid of the princess cups.

 

Think about the usual issues among family members and see if there is a simple way to avoid or diffuse them. Coming up with an execution plan when you are not in the middle of putting out a fire is ideal!

 

  1. KEEP A BUSY BAG NEAR YOUR WORKSTATION

 

A lot of moms are working from home right now, and it’s not easy to juggle raising kids and working from home.

 

Make life a little easier for yourself by putting together a simple little busy bag with toys and gadgets your kiddos don’t see all the time. This can entertain your little one while you send a quick email or handle a quick task.

 

  1. TEACH THE KIDS TO DO FOR THEMSELVES

 

If you can teach your kids to do things for themselves, your life will become so much easier.

 

Before TV shows or outdoor play, I always have my kids clean up their toys from the last game they played.

 

As soon as we change our clothes, we put dirty clothes into the laundry bin and clean clothes on the dresser. If something can be warmed in the microwave, I let my toddlers do it on their own (with my supervision).

 

Build confidence in your kids by allowing them to take control of the things they can manage. This is one of those mom hacks that will make life easier once the kids get the hang of things!

 

  1. BUY DIFFERENT COLORED SOCKS FOR EACH KID

 

If your kids wear different sock sizes, simply buy different colors for each size/kid. All kids that where size 3 get grey socks, all kids that wear size 6 get white socks, etc.

 

On the flip side, if they wear the same size, buy all one color.

 

This makes it easier and faster to match up socks, and it keeps kids from fighting over who gets to wear the Paw Patrol socks today.

 

  1. SCHEDULE YOUR DAY OUT BY THE HOUR

 

I’ve done this since long before babies came into the picture. It surely contributes to the success of running my family smoothly!

 

You can avoid a lot of drama, mindless scrolling, and overwhelm if you plan your day hour by hour. Of course, you’ll make adjustments as needed, depending on life circumstances, holidays, sick babies, etc.

 

But the goal is to have a detailed plan of what needs to happen in a day. Make time for resting too, and give yourself little cushions of time between tasks too.

 

This keeps you on track for a productive day and also lets your children know what can be expected from everyone at home.

 

  1. PUT ALL BILLS ON AUTO-WITHDRAW

 

Your bills have to be paid no matter what.

 

Instead of shifting money around and stressing about late fees, just put all bills on auto-renew and make sure you budget well so that there is money in the bank for the automatic payment.

 

Game-changer right here.

 

  1. SORT MAIL ONCE EACH WEEK

 

Mail and paper clutter piles up quickly. Sorting mail becomes this tedious daily task that never seems to end.

 

But not anymore!

 

I’m a firm believer in batch work, and this applies to the mail stack too. Instead of spending 10 minutes a day sorting and shredding mail, just do this once a week.

 

Your bills are already on auto-withdraw, so you won’t be getting bills in the mail that need to be paid ASAP.

 

If you do choose to check the mail daily, then just throw the mail into the ‘sort’ pile and then wait until your designated weekly sort/shred time.

 

I personally only check my mail ONCE A WEEK. Yes, the mailbox is full when I check it, but I don’t care.

 

There is no direct mail emergency that needs my attention TODAY – it can always, always, always wait a few days.

 

Retrain that brain of yours and learn to batch tasks as much as possible.

 

  1. DECLUTTER

 

Less stuff = less mess to clean up.

 

Get rid of stuff you don’t use and think twice before bringing new stuff into the home.

 

MOM HACKS THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER

 

You probably noticed that most mom hacks are all about being prepared.

 

Think about your current systems and how you can adjust them to prepare for a smoother week.

 

What’s the best mom hacks you’ve ever tried?

 

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