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“I don’t know how you do it all!”
This is what a friend told me when I was recounting what I had done over the weekend. In truth, I have just figured out what shortcuts work for my family so that I can make efficient use of my time.
My to-do list is seemingly endless and I bet yours is too. These are my tried and true tips to help homeschool moms save time.
Tips to Help Homeschool Moms Save Time
Meal planning takes very little time each week, but it prevents the dreaded dinnertime rush – when you have hungry kids and you have no idea what to cook. Each week I make up a meal plan with 7 dinners and an assortment of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Then I use the meal plan to write up my grocery list. This insures that I have all of the ingredients we will need all week long – no more last minute trips to the store.
Order groceries online
Ordering groceries online means you can shop at at time that is convenient to you even if you are in your pajamas. You don’t need to fight traffic or wait in long checkout lines. I order my groceries online from a variety of stores, depending on what I need.
Google Express – Google Express will deliver nonperishable goods from quite a few stores, including Costco and Whole Foods. Click here to save $10 on your first Google Express order.
Harris Teeter/QFC – These grocery stores allow you to order your entire grocery list – including perishables. I just order at night and pick everything up the next day.
Walmart – Walmart now offers a grocery shopping service too. I tried it out and found it very convenient because I could order all of my groceries as well as home goods. My Walmart does not have a great produce section, but is great for middle of the grocery store items.
Amazon – Amazon saves me time because I do not need to drive all over town finding specialty items. I can comparison shop to find the best price and even subscribe and save for added convenience.
Stock your freezer with healthy homemade meals
I stock my freezer two ways. Sometimes I just double whatever I am making and put the extra in the freezer. This works well for things like taco meat, cooked ground beef, and pancakes. This method builds up my freezer stash very slowly, but with no extra time or work.
My favorite way to stock my freezer is with Once A Month Meals. This service lets me fill my freezer fast! I spend one day cooking and end up with a month worth of dinners, lunches, and breakfasts. This lets homeschool moms save time by batching up cooking chores. My family has loved every single meal made with Once A Month Meals recipes.
Lesson plan one month at at time
Lesson planning one month at a time lets me streamline my planning. Instead of spending a few hours every weekend planning for the week ahead, I spend a few evenings planning while watching tv. All of my plans are written, library books reserved, and supplies bought for an entire month. That means that I don’t need to scramble each Sunday night to get ready for the upcoming week.
Outsource chores to your kids
Moms really do NOT need to do everything around the house. Everyone should help keep the house running, which frees up time for mom to do other things. Kids are capable of doing chores from a pretty early age. I don’t assign specific chores. Instead, my kids are expected to spend some time helping each and every day. Some days they take out the trash, vacuum, or clean their bathroom.
Share your best tip to help homeschool moms save time in the comments!