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housecleaningEffective time management can help busy moms to keep time under control.

First of all, moms should keep a list handy and should jot down important things as they come to mind. This will save you time, frustration and needless trips for forgotten items. Secondly, you should plan meals for the upcoming week beforehand. You should shop in bulk and keep a good stock of grocery items in order to save time and money. You should prepare enough food for several meals and store them in freezer bags. Next time, whenever you feel pressed for time, you will need to simply heat the food and serve it.

Doing a little bit of cleaning each day will save you much time. It will help you to keep your house clean and uncluttered every morning. You should not let the housework pile up otherwise you will have to spend an entire week-end catching up on it and it will also lead to stress and strain. Children should be given various chores depending on their age and abilities. This way, besides getting help, moms can teach children to be responsible.

These tips will definitely help moms to enjoy more family time.

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soap-dispenserOne of my favorite time saving tips is very simple and easy to do. Just use liquid soap instead of bar soap at the kitchen sink, in the shower and at the bathroom sink. This saves me a lot of time scrubbing that nasty soap scum.

I used to spend way too much time scrubbing the porcelain and polishing the faucets because there was always a little bit of water that the bars sat in by the sink and they would melt all over the place. And then the kids would drop the slimy bars and get it on the floor as well.

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delegate-choresMy favorite way to save time around the house is to delegate. As a mother of three teenagers, there is a lot of energy available to be tapped by delegating.

Starting when they were small children, I assigned them chores that they were capable of performing. They began by helping load and empty the dishwasher, carrying their dirty laundry to the laundry room and even making their beds. Of course that meant smoothing their duvets over their sheets more than really making them, but it worked.

As they grew, their responsibilities grew, too. They learned how to cook and take care of the house. They learned how to take care of their pets. They even learned how to change the oil in the car and do small car repairs.

Now that they are all bigger than me, they have become accomplished helpers. They take turns making meals, doing laundry and generally helping around the house. On Saturdays, we zip around the house like a miniature tornado, making sure the bathrooms are clean and the chores are done. It is a little more difficult now — they are much busier than when they were small and some days I end up doing chores they have traditionally done in the past. But when they are home, they are my biggest time savers.

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cleaning-for-companyEveryone who has lived in their own place knows that one of the most time consuming chores is just keeping things generally clean. Housekeeping can take an awful lot of time, and sometimes you just don’t have the time to do it thoroughly. Here’s my favorite time saving tip that I use when I need to clean up quickly, like when my mother in law calls to say she’s “just dropping in” to say hello and she will be there in twenty minutes.

The secret to having your house look good enough for company, even great, is to focus on the things that really catch the attention of your visitor. You can save so much time by focusing on the high priority cleaning tasks first and leaving the re-organizing of your knick-knacks to a later time.

The first thing that you should do is de-clutter. Take a regular old laundry basket on your hip and pick up all the stray mittens, old magazines, and half-finished knitting projects. Then just take the laundry basket and stow it away in your bedroom or a closet. You can take each item of clutter and put it in its proper place after company has gone.

The next step is to wipe surfaces clean. Visitors will notice if the coffee table or bathroom mirror is sparkling clean or if it has mucky sticky spots on it. It will take a few minutes, but clean the surfaces with an all-purpose spray and rag.

Finally, empty the trash and vacuum. These steps will make it seem as though you have just cleaned the house – even if in truth you have only just started.

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