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What are your laziest/smartest mom hacks? What are your best tips for getting stuff done around the house in “unperfect” ways?
Some readers seemed miffed by my posts on photo organization and organizing kids’ clothes — but I am faaaar from perfect, and hate to give that impression. (Sorry, ladies!) Of course I’m going to write a post about the things that I feel like I’ve figured out, while skipping posts about the piles of laundry around my house (and lo, there are many). So I thought we’d do a post about some of our laziest mom hacks — what are your imperfect systems for Getting Stuff Done? Of course, some of these “lazy” things below are also some of the smartest things I’ve done. It’s like folding underwear (which I haven’t done in a LOOONG time, well before kids). Once you stop, you’re never going back.
For my $.02, these are 9 of my lazy mom hacks:
- We have the same 10 dinners on repeat — and even those are pretty lazy dinners! I have a little board where I write what we’re having for the next week and make sure we have those supplies on hand. Fooey on new recipes and experimentation — that’s what ordering Seamless is for, right? (Which is what happens when I don’t have the week planned out.)
- I “sort” the laundry by throwing it into different drawers. My boys are a wrinkled mess, and I toootally don’t care. (Similar to this video, I suppose.) (Update: check out our whole discussion on how working parents handle laundry!)
- We now put a lingerie bag on the top rack of the dishwasher filled with straws, pacifiers, Take and Toss tops, bottle nipples, et cetera, and see how they come out. Some we redo by hand, but a lot are fine.
- I’ve kept my baby in footed pajamas for most of his first year. He only wears separate pants/shirt outfits when we’re going to a party or some other event.
- I’ve adopted a “one touch rule” for picking stuff up around the house — it’s probably slower than making bins or something like that but at least some stuff gets put away. The rule: if I pick up something once I have to put it back where it rightfully belongs, not move it to another place.
- I’ve talked before about how my new mom makeup changed after I had J, but I recently changed my makeup routine again based on the “one touch” rule — when I use eyeliner it’s liquid eyeliner (one touch) versus pencil eyeliner (which looks better, but requires me to draw the line with the pencil, put down the pencil and pick up the smudgy brush, open a pot of eyeshadow to dip the smudgy brush into it, and then use the smudgy brush); I’ve also stopped curling my eyelashes on most days and just swipe on mascara.
- We only use three main credit cards (I haaaate store cards) and I have those three set up to automatically pay the minimum. (We almost always pay them off in full every month, but I set up the automatic payment after I forgot once.)
- I studied a few categories of big expenses (dentist bills, children’s classes, home/term/personal articles insurance), figured out what the yearly total was, amortized the expenses to a monthly number, and set up an automatic transfer to various Ally accounts for those big expenses.
- I plan to outsource vacation planning to my son once he’s old enough.
Ladies, what are your laziest (or smartest) mom hacks?
Pictured: Laundry delivery! Personal photo from Xmas 2012 (at my parents’ house). All rights reserved.
Sales of note for 11.30.23…
(See all of the latest workwear sales at Corporette!)
- Nordstrom – Limited-Time Sale of 11,000+ items; up to 25% off select women’s coats & jackets (ends 12/6); Nike up to 25% off (ends 12/2); markdowns include big deals on UGG, Natori, Marc Fisher LTD, Vionic and more!
- Ann Taylor – Up to 40% off sale styles
- Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase, including cashmere; up to 60% off sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything; extra 25% off $125+
- J.Crew – 50% off women’s styles; extra 30% off sale styles
- Lands’ End – Up to 70% off everything; free shipping (readers love the cashmere)
- Summersalt – 30% off everything; up to 60% off select styles (this reader-favorite sweater blazer is down to $75)
- Talbots – 30% off entire purchase, including all markdowns — readers love this cashmere boatneck and this cashmere cardigan, as well as their sweater blazers in general
- Zappos – 35,000+ women’s sale items! Check out these reader-favorite workwear brands on sale, and some of our favorite kid shoe brands on sale.
- BabyJogger – 25% off 3 items
- Crate & Kids – Toy & gift event: up to 50% off everything; save 10% off full price items
- J.Crew Crewcuts – 50% off everything; extra 30% off sale styles
- Ergobaby – 40% off Omni Breeze Carrier, 25% off Evolve 3-in-1 bouncer, $100 off Metro+ Strollers
- Graco – Up to 30% off car seats
- Strolleria – 25% off Wonderfold wagons, and additional deals on dadada, Cybex, and Peg Perego
- Walmart – Savings on Maxi-Cosi car seats, adventure wagons, rocker recliners, security cameras and more!
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- Should I cut my childcare down to 12 hours a month if I work from home?
- Will my baby have speech delays if we raise her bilingual?
- Has anyone given birth in a teaching hospital?
- My child eats everything, and my friends’ kids do not – how should I handle? In general, what is the best way to handle when your child has some skill/ability and your friend’s child doesn’t have that skill/ability?
- ADHD moms, give me your tips to help with things like behavior in the classroom, attention to detail, etc?
- I think I suffer from mom rage…
- My husband and kids are gone this weekend – how should I enjoy my free time?
- I’m struggling to be compassionate with a SAHM friend who complains she doesn’t have enough hours of childcare.
- If you exclusively formula fed, what tips do you have for in the hospital and coming home?
- Could I take my 4-yo and 8-yo on a 7-8 day trip to Paris, Lyon, and Madrid?