10 Life-Changing Hacks From A Mother Of Three
Who doesn’t want parenting to be easier? These clever tricks will have you kicking back with a cup of tea in no time…
Do you collapse onto your bed at the end of each day thinking, “There has to be an easier ways of getting everything done?” Sigh… me too. But if you’re like me, there’s nothing you find more aggravating than those “parenting hack” posts that suggest you create a life-sized alligator out of cut-up veggies to ensure your kids get their recommended daily allowance. Come on! Aren’t life hacks supposed to make your life easier?
Yes, they are. And these 10 genius ones really will…
KonMari your clothes
There’s no need to read decluttering queen Marie Kondo’s entire book or even to watch her Netflix series. This two-minute clip will show you how to organize your family’s clothing drawers – a small change that will make a huge difference in your life.
If you’re the super-organized type, you can even prepare all your children’s outfits for the week ahead. Place them in individual plastic storage drawers or a hanging shoe organizer labeled “Monday” through “Friday” and you’re all set.
Preserve your children’s art
Is your house littered with piles of art that your children have lovingly created and that you keep promising yourself to sort through one day? The Artkive app makes it oh-so-easy.
They send you a box, you fill it with your kids’ art, and then you send it back. They take professional photos of the artworks and upload them all to your account so that you can access them on any device. And then they send you a beautiful hardcover keepsake book. Amazing!
Pack a swimming bag for each child
Make outings to the beach or pool a breeze by placing each child’s swimsuit, towel, goggles and other swimming accessories in an individual drawstring bag. Just grab and go! For this to work, you have to repack the bags with clean items right away after each use.
Use a tackle box to organize hair accessories
If you suck up 43 tiny hair elastics, clips and bows every time you vacuum the house, it’s time to organize them in a two-tray fishing tackle box. All those little compartments are perfect for sorting your daughters’ hair accessories by type and color. And it all folds neatly away – genius!
Make mornings easier with flash cards
Are you tired of harping at your kids to eat breakfast, get dressed and brush their teeth every morning? Streamline the process by creating flash cards with a picture and the name of each task they need to get done (you can buy them ready-made or draw them yourself).
Stick two pouches labeled “To do” and “Done!” on the wall. As they complete each task, they can move the corresponding card to the “Done!” pouch. You may also choose to hang a reward chart near the pouches and give them a sticker each time they complete all their morning flash cards successfully. After a set number of stickers, they get a reward.
Use a pool noodle as a bed rail
When you move your toddler from their crib to a big-kid bed, it can take them a while to adjust to the no-bars situation. To prevent falls, simply place a pool noodle under their mattress protector along the edge of their bed. It’s a lot cheaper and less bulky than a safety bed rail – and it works just as well.
Put a lint roller in your craft box
Picking up spilled glitter and all those teeny-tiny scraps of paper after a craft session is enough to drive any mama mad. Not anymore! You’ll be surprised at the amount of satisfaction you get from rolling all the mess onto the sticky surface of a lint roller.
Place a cut sticker inside your child’s shoes
Little one can’t figure out which shoe goes on which foot? Cut a large sticker in half and place the left side of the sticker in the left shoe and the right side of the sticker in the right shoe. Your child simply has to make the picture whole to figure out left from right!
Remove permanent marker with toothpaste
Erase your budding artist’s permanent-marker graffiti from walls and wood using equal parts white (non-gel) toothpaste and baking soda. Rub gently with a cloth until the stain has disappeared and then rinse with water.
Cover holes in bath toys with hot glue
Any parent who has watched with horror as green mold came squirting out of their baby’s beloved bath toy will love this tip. The best way to prevent mold from growing is to stop water from getting inside your bath toys in the first place. Use a hot glue gun to cover the holes with small dabs of glue and let them dry overnight. Problem solved!