3 Everyday Mom Hacks to Simplify My Life as a Busy Mom + GIVEAWAY

By Shannon Gurnee
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November 24, 2018

Being a mom of six kids makes for a very busy life, but today I am thrilled to be
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Pregnancy and childbirth are challenging, but are nothing compared to raising those precious little souls we bring into this world. When my husband and I married, we each brought 3 children to the marriage. Our blended family now includes four boys and two girls, which makes for a VERY BUSY life!!!

Quite often I have other parents tell me that our family is like the Brady Bunch (yes, pretty close), but also ask how I do it with that many kids in our home? It isn’t always easy, but I love our family! While I am not a perfect mom, I do the best to take care of our children and ensure that each child is safe, healthy and happy. These 3 everyday mom hacks not only help me be a better mom, but they also help to simplify my life as a busy mom.

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1 – Create lists. I’m one of those people who likes to create lists, but LOVES to check items off my list as I go. This is especially great when you have a lot of stuff going on like we do with our big family. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment every time I check one off! You can do it on paper, in a spreadsheet, or even in a note on your phone.

2 – Take some time for yourself. As moms, we do a lot around our homes and for our family members, but to be the best we can be, we need to take some time for ourselves. This time allows us to get rejuvenated – kind of like a tune-up does for a car.

3 – Keep a calendar. I can’t tell you how many times my calendar has saved me from forgetting school activities, bill payment due dates, blog post deadlines and more. I use my phone‘s calendar and often set alerts for the day before, as well as the day of.

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What everyday mom hacks do you have that help to simplify your life as a busy mom?



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

37 Responses to “3 Everyday Mom Hacks to Simplify My Life as a Busy Mom + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Jenny Q. says:

    Having family that wants to help out is a great thing, and when my parents have my kids for an overnight, my husband and I go on a date. It is important to take time for us to and I am very grateful we can! Plus, my kids love their grandparents and the time they spend with them!

  2. mami2jcn says:

    This isn’t the most environmentally friendly, but I use paper plates sometimes to save time.

  3. Jackie says:

    We keep a calendar on the refrigerator so we know who has to be where and when.

  4. Betsy Barnes says:

    I keep Clorox disinfectant wipes in every room. When I’m in a room, I quickly wipe counters, remotes, door knobs, etc. It helps battle germs, plus, stays clean.

  5. Sandy Klocinski says:

    AA great day starts the night before! I suggest doing as much as you possibly can at night to prepare for the following day.

  6. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I used paper plates to save on dishes.

  7. shelly peterson says:

    I prepare as much as possible the night before to help the mornings go smoother.

  8. Candice says:

    I use homemade and store bought baby food to save time.

  9. Ashlee Mc says:

    Great ideas!

  10. Bernie Wallace says:

    My everyday Mom Hack is to use aluminum foil to get rid if grease.

  11. Antoinette M says:

    I pack school lunches the previous night.

  12. Jessica To says:

    I keep a running grocery list on the fridge so I can just add to it when I think of something. My son can also add to it.

  13. vickie L Couturier says:

    i always got everything ready the night before so there was no hunting for clothes books,homework,lunches,shoes or back packs

  14. janetfaye says:

    I used to label my son’s clothing and play items.

  15. HS says:

    I freezer-cook meals during weekend to save time.

  16. Ken Ohl says:

    Well I’m a busy dad not mom but we do things ahead of time set out clothes etc saves a lot of time

  17. Natalie says:

    We try to have everything ready the night before for school etc

  18. sandra says:

    pre=prepared meals have been a lifesaver

  19. Elena says:

    I do meal prep to save time

  20. Melissa Storms says:

    I make sure my teen knows what he is wearing the next day and even though the eye rolls are annoying I make sure he packs his backpack and that his Ipad is charged, glasses cleaned etc. This saves a lot of anger and yelling in the am. His bus is here before 7 am which does not leave a lot of wiggle room.

  21. Jen D says:

    Sticky notes! I write myself notes to help stay on track!

  22. Cheryl says:

    Electronic calendar notifications help me maintain a busy schedule and remember what to do when.

  23. Cheryl B says:

    I prep a few meals on the weekend to help during the crazy work week.

  24. Natalie says:

    When traveling with kids I put an entire outfit in a ziploc bag to separate them and keep the outfit together.

  25. Susan Smith says:

    I cook meals during the weekend and freeze them to serve during the week.

  26. Kristen Joiner says:

    Meal planning for the month ahead, pre-prepping lunches, and just a lot of pre-planning for events and all the possible bad outcomes.

  27. Sharon Schoepe says:

    We do as much prep ahead of time as we can.

  28. Katie Bellamy says:

    I’m the Mom who needs all the hack advice. I will be reading comments! 🙂 🙂

  29. Devon F says:

    Make my daughters lunch the night before

  30. Amy W. says:

    When I make dinner I try to make two. One to eat that day and one to freeze for another day when life is too busy.

  31. Nannypanpan says:

    I use preprinted snack labels for my kids lunches

  32. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I also use paper plates hurt my back and found it so easy to do I dont have to stand at the sink and wash so many dishes for the family.

  33. James Robert says:

    Well, I am the single dad raising my 5 kids and one hack I have is to make sure all of my kids have their things all on the table for school the night before. No looking for socks, shoes, backpacks, etc in the mornings.

  34. Kelly D says:

    We like to do the grocery pickup at Walmart to save time.

  35. SHAYNA says:

    Use Everyday Household Items for Organization. Re-purposing old household items will help de-clutter and organize your home at the same time 🙂

  36. Michelle C says:

    I like to have a schedule for routine tasks. I always grocery shop every two weeks, do laundry on Saturday, etc. I have reminders for things that occur less frequently, such as changing air filters.

  37. Amanda Whitley says:

    i wish i had a hack to share..my life is pretty chaotic. my suggestion is to keep a planner and to do list to try and keep on top of things.

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