Take Care of Mom

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Want 30 minutes more every day?

File containerI heard Jennifer Drobonski of Drobinski Organizing speak at a recent MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, and I thought, “She just GETS me.”  Things around here are complete chaos some days.  She explained in simple steps how we could make small changes around the house which result in big impacts in our daily lives.  I just could not get enough, so I asked her to share with me simple ways moms could gain back our biggest asset – time!  Saving 30 minutes a day is my challenge to her!  Think she can do it?

1. Jennifer, how can moms save 10 minutes a day in the kitchen?
One of the biggest waste of times in the kitchen is not knowing what you are going to have for dinner. Take a moment in your week to plan your meals. You will save time and money. You can do this by first taking note of all of the items your family will eat. Then look at your calendar and see where you are at during the week. You don’t want to cook a fancy meal when you have to leave your home quickly after work. Finally post your meals on the calendar and place them on the fridge or inside a pantry cabinet. Make sure to check your menu the night before in case you need to defrost something from the freezer.

2.  How can moms save 10 minutes a day in the laundry room?
The most efficient way to save time in the laundry room is to invest in a good laundry sorter. Teach your children how to pre-treat their clothes with a treat now wash later stain stick. Your kids will be excited about treating their clothes and sorting them into the baskets as long as you make it sound exciting. Tell them they “get” to use the stain stick. Not having treat and sort your clothes will save more than ten minutes of your time.
3.  How can moms save 10 minutes a day by taming the paperwork pile?
Paper is the number one complaint that my clients have. No one seems to know how to keep the papers from piling up. First of all you should know that paper piles up. It does so for everyone. What you need to do is make sure you sort your mail on a daily basis. Keep a paper shredder close to the area you are sorting so you don’t have a reason to shred it later. Set up a system that includes a place for incoming school papers ,bills, and other items. I have always suggested an open file box that can sit in the place where you accumulate your paper. That is the kitchen counter for most people. Some of the files can include hanging files for each family member, Coupons, Activities, To Go, and To Read. Tailor the file box to your needs. Having a place to go with the paper will save you from having to file a stack of paper later.
Thank you, Jennifer!  Ready to get started in your own home, but need some more ideas?  Visit Jennifer’s website and ask her to customize a plan for you.
How do you save time throughout your day by staying organized?

May 7, 2010 - Posted by | Meals, Stewards of the Home | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

    Have a nice day!

    Comment by veronica lee | May 9, 2010 | Reply

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