Help please! What are you top time, energy, sanity- & money-saving tips

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Grockle Mon 14-Jan-13 00:56:37

My life feels chaotic. I want to have time to read a book or watch a film with DP. I seem to spend all week at work then cleaning, doing laundry, preparing food/ luncboxes etc. I have a chronic condition that leaves me in pain & exhausted so I need to try to reduce the amount I do.

Obviously, people still need to be fed but I've started using frozen chopped onion (I can't cut veg easily) and making 2 sets of sandwiches for DS's lunchbox so he can have one that day & 1 is ready for the next day.

I try to never leave a room without taking something with me to put away & I use the dishwasher for pretty much everything & fill it to bursting before it goes on.

DS usually goes in the bath after me (so saving water & time to run another bath).

What else could I do to make things easier for myself?

Fuchzia Fri 18-Jan-13 20:44:11

I tend to go over the bathroom when the kids are in the bath. I use those anti-bac wipe things and just chuck when I'm done. I find I have to keep everything in its place all the time. I've got much more proactive about putting things away. For some reason even if there a just a couple of things where they shouldn't be the house descends into a tip within the hour.

I'm the same as jampot...can't get on with all of Flylady but clean sink and toilet and tidy bathroom every day when cleaning teeth...makes feel marginally in control.

Also school dinners not packed lunches...one less job I just don't have to think about!

Rattitude Fri 18-Jan-13 20:21:46

I am on tenterhooks with this thread...

I'm the same as

Rattitude Fri 18-Jan-13 20:15:44

BikeRunSki, would you recommend that I freeze portions of pasta sauce then? grin

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:11:06

Sorry! shock

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:10:15

Even if you don't have full meals in the freezer, I freeze portions of pasta sauce, chess sauce, mash etc for quick kiddy meals.

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:10:15

Even if you don't have full meals in the freezer, I freeze portions of pasta sauce, chess sauce, mash etc for quick kiddy meals.

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:10:15

Even if you don't have full meals in the freezer, I freeze portions of pasta sauce, chess sauce, mash etc for quick kiddy meals.

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:10:15

Even if you don't have full meals in the freezer, I freeze portions of pasta sauce, chess sauce, mash etc for quick kiddy meals.

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:10:13

Even if you don't have full meals in the freezer, I freeze portions of pasta sauce, chess sauce, mash etc for quick kiddy meals.

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:05:56

My toddler often goes to nursery in the previous night's vest.

Everyone's clothes out the night before.

Everything we need for the next day in the car or by the door the night before - nursery bags, work bags, library books, party presents. Any packed lunches, snacks, drinks etc in fridge.

One load of washing in every day. I put it in the machine, set the programme, put detergent in etc in the evening, then press the start button in the morning. if I do it at night it wakes DD up. Then I put it in tumble dryer / on line in that brief time between getting back from work/nursery and going to bed.

I have a stash of Wellies in bigger sizes - many hand me downs - which has proven handy more than once when we're on the way out and DS has wailed that his boots are too tight.

Stash of party presents, birthday cards, wrapping paper at home.

The DC have meals at nursery. I try and chop the ingredients for grown up dinner in the morning so it's quicker to prepare in the evening, or put something in slow cooker, or get something out of freezer.

Batch cooking and meal planning.

Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire puds.

Tesco delivery once a fortnight, milkman, greengrocer who delivers.

Flexitime at work.

Nice jersey tops and a cardy for work, not shirts that need ironing! (DH job does not need him to be tidy).

curiouscat Fri 18-Jan-13 19:56:15

Never iron anything. Keep stash of spare pens, pencils etc for easy homework. Gather clutter and tell children/DP it's going in the bin unless they claim it and put it away. Have bathroom wipes handy to whizz over basin if surprise visitors come. Keep lights low and the dust won't show. Get rid of pot plants if they're a pain. Take your book to bed an hour before you normally go. Try taking time for yourself and the chores may melt away, if they don't at least you'll be happier.

starfishmummy Fri 18-Jan-13 19:51:23

Oops!

starfishmummy Fri 18-Jan-13 19:49:21

We're the opposite to cheerfulyank. Ds has his bath in the mornings so if he has been wearing a t shirt during the day he goes to bed in that with pj trousers! saves a bit of laundry.

starfishmummy Fri 18-Jan-13 19:48:43

We're the opposite to cheerfulyank. Ds has his bath in the mornings so if he has been wearing a t shirt during the day he goes to bed in that with pj trousers!

A useful tip I picked up here was to have a weekly family meeting. It sounds fairly cringe worthy but every Monday evening, DP and I sit down with our Dodo diary and work out what's happening that week - his football and band practice, my book club and yoga, DD's INSET days and parties (god, we sound so stereotypical!). We also write the meal plan on the black board as I go to the greengrocers on a Tuesday morning.

I agree with a lot of the other advice here and I am an avowed minimalist. It really is the answer IMO and it's not just physical clutter - less time on the Internet, less junk mail, less everything really. This all combines to less mental stress.

Grockle Thu 17-Jan-13 21:48:40

iheartpasties... I've just cleared out a drawer and put all my spices in that. And my baking cupboard is now neatly arranged in little boxes.

CheerfulYank, that's impressive! I put DS's clothes on his radiator and I get mine ready too. I wear a uniform to work so it doesn't save loads of time but it means I don't have to rummage through the drawers looking for matching socks or work pants.

SlatternismyMiddlename Thu 17-Jan-13 18:08:12

Always get the stuff you need for the morning the night before, it saves so much hassle getting out the door in the morning.

I have managed to reduce my electricity bill quite a lot. I'm not sure what made the difference but I started to be alot more careful about switching lights off and washing dishes by hand more, the dish washer was only put on 2-3 times a week.

CheerfulYank Thu 17-Jan-13 15:48:30

After DS's bath I put him in clean undies and often the shirt he's going to wear to preschool the next day. blush Then he just has to put on jeans and socks when he wakes up.

Iheartpasties Thu 17-Jan-13 04:38:01

This might sound daft but I like to have everything neat in my cupboards so I can actually find things. I have as much as I can in little boxes/baskets so that I can pull them out and see what is in there. Save a bit of rooting around to find things.

CheerfulYank Thu 17-Jan-13 02:00:38

Marking my place!

Grockle Thu 17-Jan-13 01:54:07

I like that idea too. I will give it a go. I like shining my kitchen sink as per Flylady but that's about as far as I got with her.

janeyjampot Wed 16-Jan-13 12:52:30

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Flylady in that sometimes I follow it religiously but other times I fall off the wagon and try to do it my own way. However, the best Flylady habit I have adopted is the bathroom one. I keep cloths and window spray in the bathroom and as soon as I have cleaned my teeth in the morning I wipe over the mirror, washbasin, shower screen and toilet. It takes less than a minute for each bathroom, and obviously I use a separate cloth for each bathroom so as not to wipe the taps with the cloth I've just used to wipe a toilet. My bathrooms always look clean and I never need to worry about it if someone calls in unexpectedly. Most importantly it changes the way I think about my ability to keep my house clean! grin

I can't seem to manage to adopt the whole Flylady regime but the bathroom habit has really stuck.

KeepYerTitsIn Wed 16-Jan-13 09:44:57

Bumping as I need help too please.

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