10 Secrets for Busy Mamas from Busy Mamas

Category: Mums Corner

Running short on time? MH rounds up some fabulous tips from mums on how to manage time more effectively!

WORDS LOW LAI CHOW

 

Life can keep you pretty busy. Whether you’re a working mum or a stay-at-home-mum, it sometimes can feel like there never is enough time in a day. Feel like you need more time? These mamas give you some helpful tips!

 

1. Create a Joint Calendar

“My husband and I both have busy schedules. Sharing our calendars helps us organise activities for the family without us losing our minds.”           

- Liang Yenling, 29, analyst

 

2. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

“Work with your support system (in-laws, friends, husband, helper...) to get the chores done. Don’t do everything yourself, you would go crazy. Nobody should have to do it all. Don’t micro-manage.”

- Barbara Claire, 35, brand manager

 

3. Get Rid of that Fabric Sofa

“My best home investment is a waterproof PVC sofa. Just wipe to clean every week. No need to put fabric covers in the laundry or wash off food stains.”             

- Grace Yu, 38, teacher

 

4. Have a to-do List

“I use the Todoist app and look at it throughout the day on my phone. I keep track of my errands on it. I used to scribble on scraps of paper in the past but I would always lose them. At least I carry around my phone everywhere I go.”

- Susan Tay, 41, accountant

 

5. Have the Kids Pick up after Themselves

“My children can leave a huge mess after playing with their toys. It’s like entering a destruction zone. But I make sure they pick up all their Lego bricks and bridge parts before they get to watch TV.” 

– Chan Yi Han, 33, business development head

  

6. Make a Batch Meal Plan

“My Sundays and Thursday nights are for cooking dishes in bulk and freezing them in batches for the next few days. That way I don’t always need to cook every meal from scratch.”

- Louise Hogan, 32, marketing consultant

 

7. Hack Your Beauty Routine

“Seriously, I swear by eyelash extensions and brow embroidery. They save me so much time on always looking presentable without wasting time doing makeup.”

- Sharita Ahmad, 29, HR officer

 

8. Head to the Party Goods Section

I’ve been hooked on paper plates and plastic cutlery ever since I used them for my boy’s first-month birthday. I buy them in bulk and use them at mealtimes so I have less dirty dishes to wash at the end of the day.”

- Siti Aishah, 25, personal assistant

 

9. Take Family Baths

“I save water and time by bathing with my four-year-old twins. Most of the time I join them. We have a lot of fun just splashing around with their rubber duckies.”

- Lynette Tong, 30, housewife

 

1O. Make Smart Wardrobe Choices

“I’ve switched to wearing wrinkle-free clothes to cut down time on ironing.”

- Gisele Goh, 35, sales director

 

Thanks for sharing!