Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 10 From My Home Front: 10 Time Savers.


Time is precious. We all receive 24 hours a day, 8 of those are sleeping so we have limited time and lots to get done in any given day. My time is even more limited since I've started homeschooling my children so I've been thinking a lot lately about ways to make certain chores easier and quicker. Some of these time saving tips involve your little ones so of course this is assuming they are old enough to help. Here are 10 things that are huge time savers in my life!

10 Time Savers:

1. Put dishes in the dishwasher the same place every time. Put all of the bowls in the same spot, cups, coffee mugs, plates. When you place all the bowls together it's easier to stack then getting one out a time. 

2. Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies in your bathroom. Whenever you have just a few minutes you could probably clean most of your bathroom if you have your supplies on hand instead of running all over your house gathering what you need.

3. Teach your children how to pick up after themselves. Enough said.

4. Use the same bath towel more than once. My kids have a specific towel that is theirs so they hang it up to dry and get it the bath time. Time is saved here by them being able to get their own towel so you don't have to and saves time in the Laundry room.

5. Employ your children's help with folding the laundry and matching socks. I do all the hanging up but my kids can fold rags, towels, shirts and fold socks, which saves me a lot of time.

6. Teach your children to pick up their dishes when they are done eating, and put them in dishwasher. My kids love doing this!

7. Lay out your children's clothes for the entire week. You can hang them up with the day of the week on it or purchase a hanging bin which has 7 spaces. I usually put even socks in here, the kids know what they will wear and are able to get it themselves.

8. Busy Boxes. Place specific items in a box and have them sit quietly in their rooms for a certain amount of time and only use what is in the box. This is so helpful for me since my kids have outgrown naps. I use this time to nap myself, tidy up, prepare for the second part of our homeschooling day, balance check book, paint something or whatever I need to do.

9. Limit what you have. Let's be honest, if you have 50 containers of tubberwear it can take a lot of time to find the one you want, if you have two it's much quicker! This can go with just about anything in your home, toys, magazines, clothes.

10. Immediately, throw junk mail away. When you grab it from the mailbox, don't place anything down, go through everything while you are still standing! Before you set down the bills and necessary things, throw away the stuff you don't need. We have a tendency to lay it around and overlook it and then piles form which take extra time to get rid of.

What are your time saving tips?

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4 comments:

  1. Marcie,
    These are great time saving tips! A few of my most effective ones are to get out all the ingredients I need before I begin cooking, run water in sticky pans immediately after emptying them so I won't be chiseling off the grime later, and wiping down my bathroom countertops & sink immediately after showering -- the steam from my warm shower leaves a nice damp coating that I can wipe away, leaving a much cleaner surface. I'm visiting from Be NOt Weary today, and glad I did :)

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  3. Love these ideas. We don't have a dishwasher, don't get junk mail and my daughter is still little to really do anything (although we do make a big fuss about getting her to put her clothes in the dirty clothes basket before bath. It's so cute!) We do put her clothes out for the whole week though, a bit sanity saver. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. Totally need to do #9....again! Popping over from WFMW. Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

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