Being a lazy mom isn't really about being lazy... it's about doing things smarter and teaching our kids how to do things for themselves. Because, hey! If we take a little time to do these things now, then later we really can be lazy!
So here's a few tips fellow lazy moms have written in to tell me about their smarter ways to handle raising kids and managing a household.
Let's face it, we need all the help we can get! (Can I get an Amen?)
To stop the "sock monster" from eating one of every pair of socks I have, I sort ALL of our socks/underwear into one load on laundry day(s). Regardless of color, person or size they are all in that load so when I go to fold them they are all there. I've been doing it for 3 years and haven't lost even one sock since. ~ Ashley
First, if you DO have socks that are missing their mate, take a Sharpie and make a mark on it so you don't get confused later. Then use the old sock to slip over your hand and dust every wood surface that needs polishing. When one side gets too dusty (I'll admit it happens more often than not in my house) just rotate and use the other side. My husband's athletic socks work the best (and ironically he seems to be the only one to lose the socks in our house....). Oh, and one more thing, my husband once decided to slip one of our cleaning socks over the Pledge can so they would stay together.Also, we moved into our house a year ago and for some reason I decided to buy three of all my favorite cleaning products and then divide up all my cleaning supplies into our three bathrooms. Under the sink in each bathroom I have glass cleaner, toilet cleanser, clorox wipes and a roll of paper towel. That way I'm not running upstairs or down for supplies when I'm trying to clean. It has been a year and I've only had to replace a couple of items in all three bathrooms because you don't go through the product as quickly. ~ Katherine
When the toys are out, together with somebody's shoe, and somebody's homework, and somebody's . . . I take a broom and sweep it ALL into the middle of the room, and yell "save your stuff!" The kids come running because they know that whatever is still on the floor after 5 minutes (10 if it's really bad) goes into a garbage bag and hides out for 2 weeks. ~Penina
Last year I decided to leave our favorite outfits for the kids ON the plastic hangers. When we got to our vacation condo, I unzipped and hung everything in the closet quickly. Then we ran out to the beach to enjoy our first day. It sure was a time saver. ~ Tricia
My oldest daughter Grace (now 3) used to love emptying drawers and it wasn’t a big deal with only her running around. Her little sister Abi (now 1) currently enjoys emptying drawers but now it is more of a problem with more people running around. Since child locks didn’t work well and I don’t really want them to be permanently child-proofed I now use the yardstick lock. Cheap, easy and effective! ~ Elizabeth
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