Being a mom is a great balancing act that requires planning, organization, and follow through. Or not. Because the truth is as a mom with young kids, odds are you’re just surviving as best as you can on as little sleep as you can muster and eating the food scraps of your toddler’s chicken nugget dinner.
It’s time to simplify your mom life and make it as efficient AF. These are some of my favorite tricks to hacking my mom life.
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Efficient Mom Hack #1: Hello, Trello!
Trello is a scheduling and organization system that you can manipulate to be your bitch for whatever you need. My family even used it to plan S’s first birthday party by delegating different family members or friends to be “in charge” of individual elements.
Trello works a lot like a bulletin board, where you can post things, add comments, change the order of priority, assign due dates, and even assign specific colors or pictures for projects. I currently use Trello to organize all of my writing both for this blog and for my freelance gigs and it’s the only way I can keep track of which stage everything is in and even where the most recent draft of something might be (pro tip: I link everything to its Google doc within the Trello board card to keep things super tight.)
I’m going to be releasing a trello meal planning program REAL FUCKING SOON so in the meantime, please check out this affiliate link below so that you can sign up and get familiar with it. And be sure to sign up for my email below to get notification when it’s released.
We use trello for everything: meal planning, organizing paperwork for the house, I use it for this blog, for my freelance writing assignments. We even use boards to help plan parties.
I know I’m going to sound all salesy when I write this, but IT’S FUCKING FREE! So it is the most obvious download to your phone or computer that you could probably manage to do in like 30 seconds.
Efficient Mom Hack #2: Facebook Mommy Groups:
Sure, Facebook may be under some fire right now and deservedly so. But there are so many reasons I can’t quit Facebook. In the top three are the easy and quick access to Facebook mommy groups.
Something is comforting about being able to feed your baby in the middle of the night and while scrolling through the posts of a Facebook mommy group and the many questions and comments.
Maybe one of the most useful Facebook mommy groups is the popular Car Seats for the Littles that is moderated by certified car seat technicians who are almost always available for a quick answer to burning questions about car seats. They also have an extensive database of files for reviews of seats, studies about rear facing vs. forward facing, and how best to install your car seat in your car correctly. It’s a fantastic resource.
Also, be sure to search your local city and mommy group to find a local FB mommy community that can help you connect with other moms, learn about local daycares or preschools, and ask burning questions, particularly in the middle of the night when it feels like the whole world is asleep except for your baby.
Efficient Mom Hack #3: Amazon Prime Your Life!
I know, duh. Obviously, odds are if you’re a working mom you already have a prime membership but hang on a sec. Are you using this to its full potential?
For example, every year around this time we start seeing several invitations to birthday parties, baby showers, and weddings.
As soon as the first one comes in, that’s my cue to order “the books.” The books are to be the gifts that we will give nearly every child who has a birthday this summer. I like this series of books (I’ll usually end up ordering about ten copies total to be spread out over the spring and summer birthday season) and then when a birthday comes along, boom, we are prepared with a present.
Also, I’ve automated nearly everything to be delivered through subscribe and save. For us, this includes diapers, wipes, butt paste, food pouches, sunscreen, face wash, body wash, paper towels, toilet paper and a bunch of other shit that you don't have time to go to the store and worry about buying because you’re too busy being a badass boss mom.
Automate your life so you can live your life.
Efficient Mom Hack #4: Blue Apron Delivery
I’m in love with meal kit delivery services at the moment mostly because of simple math.
Of the seven days in a week, we tend to eat out at least one of those nights. With Blue Apron delivering two meals a week, we’re now down to only four meals that I have to figure out in a week, vs. six.
That’s 104 days a year that I don’t have to think, plan, or shop for what’s for dinner. And that’s worth every penny.
We’ve tried a few different delivery services, but I’ve found Blue Apron to be the most consistent in quality, customer service, and actual cookable meals. In three months we’ve only had one box show up with any issues and their customer service was amazing in dealing with it.
Blue Apron got a lot of shit for creating really complex meals (like we would seriously use every pot and pan.) That’s not fun for a busy mom. They recently started producing menu items that can be prepared in about 30 minutes or less and are super kid friendly too!
Efficient Mom Hack #5: Grocery Deliveries via Instacart
If you are a busy mom and you have not yet tried having your groceries delivered…sigh. Girl, come and join me in the land where nearly everything that you need or desire can and should be delivered to you within two hours for a very small fee.
It is seriously the easiest, quickest thing to do while you’re on your lunch break, or finding some me time in the bathroom away from your screaming kids. Need milk? Another bottle of wine? Probably some coffee? Instacart to the rescue!
Efficient Mom Hack # 6: Self Care
It may feel impossible to carve out time for yourself but if you don’t everyone will suffer. Self care isn’t just getting your nails done or getting a massage, by the way. It’s whatever helps you feel grounded or relieves stress, or just makes you feel a bit like your old self - pre motherhood, or post if that feels really good.
For me it’s spinning classes, meditation, and also getting drinks with girlfriends.
For other working moms, it may be reconnecting with old friends, or having a date night every week. Schedule it. Commit to it. Make it a part of your routine just like brushing your teeth and feel the stress relief ease you from the chaos.
Efficient Mom Hack #7: The Instant Pot
I love my instant pot. At least two of the meals I plan and make each week are made in the instant pot. There is a definite learning curve with this thing, but once you get past it you may find yourself adding Pinterest recipes of all sorts to your Instant Pot board.
I have this one but all of them are pretty amazing. I’ve even put dinner in the pot, turned it on, gone to pick up the boys from daycare, and returned to a fully cooked, nutritious, toddler approved, delicious dinner. I love cooking dinner with this thing too while I carve out a few more minutes of writing or researching for a project. It's the ultimate in multitasking.
Efficient Mom Hack #8: Meal Plan
Eye roll. Yes, you probably should meal plan. By spending a few minutes at the beginning of every month you will exponentially save yourself time and money throughout the month. My meal planner can help make it even easier and seamless (and it’s coming soon I promise!). In the meantime, find a way to get your mind right and get your meal planning on target so you have more time to do things like drink wine and read blogs.
Efficient Mom Hack #9: That DGAF Life
Okay sure, DGAF is in the name of this blog. But if I didn’t practice what I preach then wtf is the point of any of this.
When I first went back to work after becoming a mom, I cared deeply and passionately about everything that had to do with my baby’s food, sleep, and daily activities. And I had a good reason. Everything was incredibly new and exciting. I even made my own organic baby food on the weekend in what little time I had.
By the time baby #2 came around, and it was time to go back to work, I was living on far less sleep, way more expectations, and too much on all of my plates. Shit had to start giving, or else...I would.
I started practicing a DGAF lifestyle. Picking and choosing the shit I wanted to give a fuck about and the other stuff that didn’t matter as much. I also read the book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” and it was pretty life altering. A DGAF lifestyle will look differently for each mom. For some, it may be a priority to spend hours making your own organic baby food. For me, baby two got a mixture of homemade food and deliciously amazon-prime-ordered organic food pouches.
Time moves so much faster with your second kid (and I imagine exponentially faster with any other children you may have after.) So figuring out what is essential to your happiness, your family, your work, and your life is the only way to hack it and survive.
Hopefully, these tips can help you get through it relatively unscathed. Find this helpful? Please share this pretty little pin I made about all the ways you can make your mom life more efficient on Pinterest.