30+ Creative Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms

simplify life Oct 24, 2023
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Mom-life is busy! If you're in the stage of littles, then it's especially busy. Right?? Sometimes it feels like you're on the go all day but accomplished nothing. While it may seem like it, I assure you that this is not the case. You are busy investing, loving, and nourishing your little ones. However, sometimes you wish you had more time to invest more time with your children or other priorities in your life. These time-saving tips for moms will do just that.

Time-saving techniques are all about working smarter rather than doing things the longer way. The tips below will give you more margin in your day and week. You will be less rushed and more relaxed. You will have time to get adequate rest as well as do the things that bring you life.

Time-Saving Techniques

There are many time-saving techniques that as a mom you can use in order to have more time to invest in important relationships. You already have so much on your plate. If your children are still young, then you really are doing a lot for them. You will want to save time where you can, so let's talk about some great time-saving hacks for moms.

Time-saving tips for moms


Some of these time-saving tips will pay great dividends, while others will only save a bit of time. If you have a favorite tip for saving time, definitely comment below. Give these a try and let me know what works for you.

  • Routines. Routines throughout your day will really help you save time. If you don't already have a daily routine, definitely get one started. Laundry routines, cleaning routines, and morning routines are also helpful.
  • Group similar tasks. For example, do all your admin-type things at once.
  • Have a home for everything and put it away. Definitely will save you time searching for things!
  • Combine errands whenever you can.
  • Do one thing at a time, especially if it takes focus! However, if you're talking on the phone, you can also do something else while you're at it.
  • Simplify your schedule. Do only what fits in with your priorities and goals.
  • Automate your bills.
  • Delegate, especially chores as your children get older.
  • Do online shopping, including grocery shopping. This is one of my favorites! It saves so much time, especially when you live a distance from town.
  • Declutter. This will save you time on so many levels!
  • Find ways to simplify your life.
  • Cook in bulk. Make 2 casseroles instead of one and stick one in the freezer, or cook a bunch of ground beef or shredded chicken at once. Freeze the rest in meal-sized portions.
  • Eat leftovers for lunch.
  • Utilize your crockpot or instapot.
  • Exercise at home.
  • Wash clothing less often. Trust me. You don't need to wash your towel or your jeans every time, unless the baby spits up on you!
  • Have a community shopping list. Stick a list pad to the fridge and have your family write things down as they run low.
  • Keep blank cards on hand. Save yourself a trip to the store for birthday, thank you, thinking of you, etc. cards by keeping a stash on hand.
  • Buy vs. trying to DIY everything. If you're like me, you love to make things that you know you can. However, sometimes you just need to save yourself time and buy it already made.
  • Use an app for your grocery list and have favorites saved. This way you just have to click on what you need for that week. I've been enjoying AnyList.
  • Get your kids a stool. This will help them be more independent.
  • Clean the bathroom while your children are taking a bath.
  • Plan your day the evening before. You may like to do this in the morning, but at least take a look at your calendar in the evening so you don't miss any appointments the next day.
  • Utilize meal planning or meal delivery services such as Green Chef.
  • Be wise with your time when your children are sleeping.

Creative ways to save time

I'd love to share some other ways to save a little time here and there. Lots of little time-savers will add up! Now, these aren't so you have time to watch an extra show, but so that you have more time to enjoy your family and your life. You'll have more time to invest in what God has called you to do.

  • Turn off social media or set a timer. Okay, maybe this won't just save a little time. Try deleting the app on your phone, moving to a back screen, and/or setting a social media timer. If you do the later, try NOT to add 15 more minutes too often. Don't ask me how I know.
  • "Read" using audiobooks. You may also choose to listen to podcasts or helpful online conferences. These are great while you're doing the dishes or cleaning.
  • Wipe down your shower daily. Try using a squeegee to remove excess water. I have a DIY spray that I use afterward. Cleaning it will then be much easier and faster.
  • Use waiting time wisely. Stuck waiting for an appointment? Respond to email, memorize a verse, or read a Bible passage.
  • Pay someone to ___. Clean? Mow the lawn? Deliver meals? Some periods of life need a little extra help.
  • Set a timer. You can use this trick for decluttering, cleaning, doing the dishes, checking email, etc. It will help keep you on task.
  • Say "no" more often. I promise; you don't need to do everything others ask you to do. Make sure it fits in with your goals and priorities before agreeing.
  • Cook one-pot meals. This often makes for less time cooking and less time washing dishes.
  • Use time-saving cooking tools such as instapot and air fryers.
  • Organize your grocery list according to your store's layout.
  • Have master checklists for things such as your meal plan, babysitter info, pet sitter info, etc.
  • Unsubscribe from emails you're no longer interested in.
  • Lower your expectations and realize everything doesn't have to be perfect. Your children won't fold the clothes as nicely or clean the bathroom as well as you, but it's okay. Your house may not be as clean as you'd prefer, but take the time to enjoy your family anyway.
  • Utilize beauty hacks such as dry shampoo and color street nail strips, at least these are my favorite!

Now it's your turn. Do you have a favorite time-saving tip for busy moms? Which tip are you eager to get started on? I'd love to hear, so be sure to comment below. While you're at it, be sure to join the 5-day Reducing Chaos Challenge below.

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