Tuesday Topic: Under the Pile

Do you have any time or energy saving tips to pass along to us moms feeling under the pile? Even if it saves just a few minutes, pass it along!

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5 Responses to “Tuesday Topic: Under the Pile”

  1. 1 Jami Gustafson December 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Oh, what a good question! And one that I hope a ton of people give ideas for. Because I have felt buried under the pile SO MUCH lately. So much so that I can’t even think of a good tip to write about. I’m glad that at least one other person feels like me!

  2. 2 Shilo December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Sometimes just writing a list helps me. What all seemed like SOOOO much, doesn’t look quite so daunting written down. And it gives me freedom to look at it all more objectively and just nix the things that are non-essential.

  3. 3 Ashley L December 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Love the list idea! My recent time saver has been rotating toys. That way there are fewer toys for the kids to make a mess with (meaning that I don’t spend as much time cleaning up toys or as much time bugging my kids to clean up their toys), and my kids get excited about their old toys after having a break from them for awhile. I also often cook a large batch of hearty soup about once a week to use for fast healthy meals when we need them or to eat when I am feeling too tired to cook.

    I look forward to hearing more ideas! I need them!

  4. 4 richelle December 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I’m making a priority of trying to get to bed at a relatively decent hour so that I can get up early – usually in between 4 and 5. I pick something to meditate on and then work on cooking, housecleaning, laundry, etc., something that doesn’t typically require much brain power and then spend that time with the Lord before the rest of my gang gets going. It is so nice to have that: I get so much accomplished while everyone else is sleeping and also enjoy sweet fellowship with the Lord as we discuss anything from the mundane to something I’ve read in my devotions or recently heard in a sermon, etc.

    I also try and prioritize – what has to be done, what can I delegate, what is just nice to get finished… and learn to accept less than perfection. We’ve “hired” our oldest two to do some things that my husband and I were finding we didn’t have time to do – and that is giving them the opportunity to learn some budgeting/money managing skills as well as time management skills/setting priorities for them – where do they fit their jobs into their already busy lives?

    also try and work in chunks – if I’m doing laundry, i really focus on that – ironing, mending, shuffling clothing sizes for growing kids. if I’m baking, I concentrate on the kitchen things – sifting the flour, cleaning the fridge, cleaning/preparing fruits and veggies ahead of time.

    I’m not a cross things off the list person; i may write things down, but once i’ve done that, i rarely look at the list again – that is true even of my grocery lists/menus. when i am cleaning, i tend to start at one side of the house and systematically move through the rest of the house. i always start with our bedroom, because that is a priority for my husband. a spatial reference seems to actually work better for me than a list… helps me focus better and I see my progress more clearly.

    last, but probably most important – if i’m not using it and haven’t for a while, i get rid of it. decluttering makes a world of difference. i found myself becoming a slave to stuff… trying to find places for it all to fit without looking disastrous, etc. the more i get rid of (by finding good homes for things), the less i find we need and we are actually happier and enjoy the things we do still have. learning not to feel guilty about passing along well-intentioned gifts to those who can better use them is a huge time saver for me.

    I also

  5. 5 Miriam Christy December 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I found some good tips on the Prayer of Hannah blog: prayerofhannah.blogspot.com …particularly the posts from Nov 30 and Dec. 1st… it’s a good blog, too. Check it out!

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