This plus that equals…. Saving Time
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about time savers. Saving time is important to us all, so here are a few things I’ve found help me.
I never seem to have enough time. I am always busy. But a bit of multi tasking here and a few extra minutes spent in the evening do seem to help.
Home Delivery for my Groceries
I actually hate supermarket shopping.
If I am going to have a full blown argument with my husband it will be in a supermarket. L is just a handful, he only wants to walk or go in the car trolley. He doesn’t understand why he can’t have the magazine/toy/bizarre food item he is asking for.
People stand in the way. Things get moved. You have to put everything in your trolley. Take it all out. Put it all in again just to have to unpack it when you get home. Like the most mundane version of the Hokey Cokey ever.
Or I can just do the shopping as and when things run out on the app on my phone and get some else to do all the hard stuff and bring it to me. Time saving wise it’s one of my biggest. Easily clearing an extra hour, if not more if I’m honest, from my week. Not to mention all that reduced stress.
Showering at bath time
I love this. I get L all set up in the bath and then quickly hop in and pop the shower on.
It obviously only works if you have a shower over the bath like we do.
But I can be showered, dried, moisturised and dressed all whilst he is splashing about and having fun.
To be honest if I didn’t do this I’m not sure I would ever actually get the chance to wash. At least not enough. I’d definitely smell a bit.
It’s an easy time saving option for me. It also means only having to wipe down the shower and bath once, not twice.
A set cleaning routine
I used to try to do all the housework in one hit. It would take forever and if I was too busy that day it would be a half hearted attempt at best.
Now I split it up over the week, spending a few minutes everyday doing the basics and picking one big job a day.
It’s actually on a list on my fridge.
The beds get made every morning, bathroom has a quick wipe, dishwasher unloaded and one load of laundry every morning. With a quick vacuum, tidy up and bins emptied every evening.
These little jobs take hardly any time, but save so much overall. As when it comes to doing a proper in depth vacuum, it’s actually only the edges that need doing. The schedule means the oven gets cleaned once a month. Not once in a blue moon. So it takes hardly any time now.
I wish I’d done this sooner.
Writing in the car
When it come to blogging my biggest time saving find has been my tablet and bluetooth keyboard.
I can write anywhere and every where. My favourite is in the car. If husb is driving of course. But an hour long journey could have all the text for a review written up, so I’ve only got to proof it and add images.
The 30 minutes I have after dropping off L off at nursery and starting work is spent writing in the car park.
All these blocks of otherwise wasted time really add up over the week and help me to free up a bit of time to relax in the evenings.
Doing things after L is asleep
It can’t just be me who finds this, but there are jobs I can do in 5 minutes on my own. When L helps it takes closer to 30 minutes.
So making lunch for the next day when he is bed saves arguments, as there are no choices, and so much time.
Folding the laundry is another one I leave until he is asleep. That way I only have to fold it once. Not fold it, pile it and watch as he leaps into the centre of it all and have to do it again.
Most things I can happily do with him helping, but some are far quicker if I wait until he is in bed! So I would rather spent that time with him whilst he’s awake doing something fun, then battling through it and wasting the day.
What things do you do that help saving time?
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