Let’s face it, anything which makes your life that little bit easier as a parent is awesome!
When baby arrives, suddenly there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Trying to keep up with a constant cycle of feeding, changing, crying and sleeping is tiring enough, without trying to juggle chores and taking care of yourself too.
If you’re tired of being surrounded by mess but there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done, below you’ll discover 10 genius home lifehack tips you absolutely need to try out.
1. Turn Your Bathroom Into A Relaxing Haven With A Few Drops Of Essential Oil
Sure, you may not get as much time alone in the bathroom as you’d like, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a relaxing, fresh-smelling space. For times when you just don’t have the time, or the energy, to do a full clean, essential oil can work wonders.
Just a few drops of essential oil can help make the bathroom smell divine. Try adding a few drops of lavender oil, or any particular oil you prefer, to the inner part of the cardboard tube on the toilet paper roll. It will leave the room smelling wonderful until the toilet paper runs out.
2. Prevent Toilet Paper Waste With A “Do Not Pass” Sign
Speaking of toilet paper, kids are known to waste a staggering amount of it! If you’re tired of constantly having to buy toilet paper and trying to unblock the toilet because of it, a “Do Not Pass” sign can help.
Simply write “Do not pass” on a piece of cardboard, then stick it onto the wall underneath the toilet paper. Measure off approximately two-three sheets, or however much you’d prefer them to use each time before sticking the sign in place. That way, your little one will be able to see exactly how much toilet paper they can use; limiting waste and time spent trying to unblock the toilet!
3. Add Velcro Strips To The Back Of Rugs And Carpets
If your rugs and carpets are constantly being moved by the kids or pets, adding Velcro to the back of them can help keep them perfectly in place. Loose rugs aren’t just annoying to keep putting back in place, they’re also potentially dangerous too.
4. Make Sunday’s Food Prep Days
By far one of the biggest challenges parents face is finding the time to cook. It’s not so much the cooking, but more the preparation that has to be done beforehand. So, a good way to overcome this challenge is to do all of your food prep on Sundays.
Depending upon how much time you have available, you can either do simple food prep such as cutting up vegetables, or go all out and cook a few meals to put in the freezer. Some parents who have large freezers, even choose to take 3-4 days cooking so that they have meals available for almost 2 months.
However much free time you have, if you use it to prepare meals in advance you’ll be surprised how much time it saves you during the week. Plus, it limits the need for fast junk foods so you’ll feel better too!
5. Divide Responsibilities
A common problem couples face when they become parents, is battles over chores. Therefore, it’s logical to think the solution would be to divide the chores in half. However, rather than doing this, it’s actually more beneficial to divide responsibilities. So, what’s the difference?
Well, chores focus on individual tasks such as clean the floor, get the kids dressed and taking out the trash. Responsibilities on the other hand, consist of a combined group of tasks. So, for example on responsibility could be feeding your family.
Feeding the family is so much more than simply cooking. There’s the groceries to buy, meal ideas to come up with and dishes to wash and put away. By splitting responsibilities, it can actually help to boost efficiency as each parent will become an expert within their chosen field. It’s a lot like working – when you specialize in something you ultimately become better at it, increasing efficiency.
6. Cover Up Scuffs On Wooden Furniture With A Walnut
Yes, you read that right! A walnut is surprisingly effective at covering up damaged furniture. All you need to do is rub it over the damage and it instantly hides the worn areas. You only need one and while it may not be a permanent solution, it’s great for covering up damage quickly, such as when guests are unexpectedly popping around.
7. Eliminate Grease From Your Stove With Dishwasher Tablets
Want to give your stove a quick clean? A dishwasher tablet dipped in a little hot water is fantastic at tackling grease. Simply rub it over the stove and watch as the grease magically disappears.
8. Save A Fortune On Air Freshener By Adding Car Air Freshener To Air Conditioning
If you’ve got an air conditioning system, you can use it to blow out fresh scented air by simply placing an in-car air freshener to the bars. Over time this can save you a small fortune on spray air fresheners, plus the scent lasts longer too.
9. Keep Pens And Markers Organized With Toilet Paper Tubes
Another useful benefit of toilet paper tubes is their ability to keep pens organized. Simply stand the tubes up inside a small cardboard box and place the pens inside them. You can decorate the cardboard box to make it look a little more stylish as well.
10. Keep Your Linen Tidy With Pillowcases
Keeping the linen cupboard tidy isn’t always easy. However, placing each sheet inside a pillowcase can free up a lot of space and help to make it look tidier. That way, it makes it easy to find clean sheets and you can even keep them in matching pillowcases to make it even easier.
Overall, keeping the home clean and smelling nice doesn’t have to take hours out of your day. The 10 home life hacks above can help to transform your home in a matter of minutes. Why not try them today?