Isn’t it great when you come across something so mind-blowing, especially when it’s a life hack that works? The best thing about hacks is the need to share them with everyone you know.
Working moms often find it difficult to balance their professional and personal lives. This is why we have brought some hacks for them to make their lives easier!
Here are 11 life hacks for working women you didn’t know you needed.
Get A Virtual Assistant
This is really the biggest life hack for any working mom – a virtual assistant that will literally do anything you ask of it.
Running low on groceries? Ask Alexa to add it to the shopping list. Out of toilet paper? Ask Alexa to Amazon Prime it for the next day.
Need reminders? She can even remind you to leave the house at a certain time to avoid running late, with your arms full of children’s bags and your morning coffee in a flask for the commute. It’s like having an extra pair of virtual hands!
There are things a virtual assistant can’t physically do for you, like clean your home or prepare dinner – but it would be nice, right?
So here are some more hacks every mom needs to do the night before you begin your day, before leaving the house, preparing for the week ahead and the unexpected!
The Night Before
Set a to-do list of all the things you need to do that evening and a separate list of all the things you need to do in the morning.
Tidy Your House at Night
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a robot that literally picked up after you? If you’ve got the money, invest in a robot hoover. Turning it on after you’ve done all your cleaning and picked all the big pieces off the floor will save you so much time in the morning. Or worse, you will have to do a deep clean over the weekend.
By cleaning at night, you won’t be disturbed as the kids will be in bed and all you need are your headphones and your favorite tunes to have fun zipping around the house.
Bathe The Kids Before Bed
Run out the clock by getting your kids into a nice bath! Naturally, they will feel sleepy from playing all day and head off to bed as long as you stick to a routine. This gives you time to organize your day at night.
Before Leaving The House
Leaving the house need not be stressful!
Early Start – Get Things Done Before The Kids are Up
Wake up early, do your makeup, and get dressed. Throw a bathroom gown over your clothes to stop any mucky fingers from printing all over you.
Have your morning coffee before the kids are up, and enjoy the peace before the chaos begins! If you’ve done everything the night before, it’s just the case of the kids getting dressed and making breakfast.
Snacks in the Car for the Family
Family life can be very hectic when doing a school run and then heading to work straight after. It helps to have some snacks in the car to keep you and your family ticking over.
Whether it’s the morning rush or time to pick the kids up, you know there won’t be any ‘hangry’ family members in the car.
Pumping At Work
THere is no reason to shy away from expressing milk while you are at work. You actually have a right to pump milk to feed your bub. Before you jump into pumping, check out this article on pumping at work, and pick up our free pumping at work signs here.
Weekends are for relaxing but for the working moms, it’s time to get organized for the week ahead.
Ironing A Whole Weeks’ Worth of Outfits
Ironing all your outfits planned for the week for yourself and the rest of the family will ensure less hectic mornings during the week. Better yet, choose outfits that require little to no ironing, which will cut that chore down significantly!
Working As A Unit
Keeping your partner involved and informed helps you stay on track.
The Husband Diaries
Keep a log of important dates such as doctor’s appointments and school meetings on your work calendar on your computer. Send your husband an invite to schedule those meetings so that you are aware of events involving your children.
Keeping a physical calendar in your kitchen can also help keep you on top of things while you are cooking or organizing for the next day.
Prepare for the Unexpected
For moms, the last thing we want is to be caught out last minute.
Keep Spare Clothing in the Car for Emergencies
We’ve all been there when there’s been an unexpected accident involving the need for a change of clothes, whether it be for mom, dad, or the kids.
Keep an outfit per member in the boot of your car, complete with socks, underwear, shoes, and jacket just in case!
Planning the Week Ahead
Planning for the week ahead need not be a headache. Spontaneity is a word that doesn’t exist in a working mom’s vocab!
Here are some tips to help you get through the week in one piece.
Online Grocery Shopping
Ever been so slammed at work that the thought of going food shopping after a long day makes you balk? Save a slot with your favorite supermarket and order groceries to your home in the evenings.
Plan Your Meals
Save money and time by mapping out your lunch and dinners before doing that big grocery shop.
As a full-time working mum, the last thing you want to do is reach for the fast-food menu almost every night because you either don’t have all the ingredients, are feeling too tired, or the kids are too hungry to wait.
Batch cooking is the biggest time-saving life hack ever!
Yes, you have to set aside some time to do this, but we promise – it is worth it. Get your partner to watch the kids and pull out some mince from the freezer and cook it to the flavors you like. Cooking a big batch, you can portion them off for instant meals like pasta, spaghetti, Quesadillas, made with cheese, and fajita wraps!
Our hacks, tricks, and tips should help keep you organized, which will help save you time. So, these are the life hacks that are surely going to help you maintain a perfect balance between your work and personal life!