With so much to fit into a normal day, sometimes you might just feel like putting on a film, curling up under your duvet and not coming out for several hours! But with these tips for the daily juggle, you will be able to take it all in your stride and even come through the end of the day on top of things! Here are eight life hacks designed to make normal family life a little easier.
Hire a storage unit
Tripping over junk? Tired of not being able to see the floor? Then why not hire a storage unit from the likes of Readysteadystore.com? Not only will this give you a safe, secure place to keep your excess belongings until you have time to sort them out, but it’ll allow you to hold onto things you don’t really need (but don’t want to get rid of either) without them getting in the way.
Cook in bulk
If the thought of cooking after a long day at the office makes you want to weep at your desk, you could always try preparing things in bulk when you’re in the mood for a spot of baking. Everything from Bolognese sauce to chicken pies can be made well in advance and kept in the freezer for when you’re having a lazy day. Similarly, if you don’t feel very energetic in the evenings, how about putting the slow cooker on in the morning and coming back to one of these delicious recipes?
Share the school run
If you’re constantly struggling to drop the kids off on time before racing to work, it might be worth asking another parent to help you out. Sharing the school run will not only ease the morning rush a few days a week but it’ll also save fuel, especially if you have to travel a significant distance to reach the school. For this to work well, choose a reliable parent who lives nearby as this will make the whole process much easier.
Order your shopping online
Why drag the kids around the supermarket or waste your spare time trudging up and down the aisles when you can order your shopping online? Most well known supermarkets will deliver fresh produce directly to your door meaning you won’t have to stand in line to pay or navigate stairs with heavy bags, making this an essential life hack for an easy weekly shop!
Allocate everyone a specific job
If you’re a parent it doesn’t mean you’re everyone’s slave. You need downtime too, so allocate everyone in the house a job and make sure they do it on a regular basis. Many hands make light work so there’s no need to struggle with chores if you have people at home who can help you out. Plus it helps to show the kids that everyone has to contribute to the running of a home.
Buy easy to wash clothes
When shopping for clothes, look for items that don’t need to be hand washed or dry cleaned because this can turn into somewhat of a hassle. Instead, choose clothes which can be bunged into the washing machine on a low heat (to save energy) with a bundle of other items and can be popped into the dryer without shrinking to half their original size.
Hang your clothes up straight
If you want to save time ironing, try to hang clothes up straight when they first come out of the washing machine. This will prevent creases and reduce the number of clothes you have to iron. Similarly, look for materials that don’t crease easily such as wool and cashmere as these are fuss-free and can be thrown into a suitcase with ease if you’re planning a family holiday.
Make a to-do list
Making a to-do list will help you plan your day more clearly. If you need to do the school run, take back jumpers which don’t fit to the clothes shop, buy apples for cookery class and get fuel, for example, you could potentially do this all on one simple trip – it just takes a little planning so you don’t end up going backwards and forwards loading your kids into the car multiple times.
Family life can be tough enough, so make the most of these eight life hacks.
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