Let’s cut to the chase. Parenting is a full-time, unpaid gig. Throw in paid work, and it’s… a juggle.
And if you’re a single or solo parent? That juggle is tenfold. So, any hacks that make things easier and more efficient for me are MADE OF GOLD DUST.
I would always pride myself in my ability to be well organised – can you tell I’m a Virgo? But even the most organised of us parents sometimes need a little help, and this single mama ~froths~ over any hack that cuts corners but still gets that particular job done – I am a sucker for any activity that kills two birds with one stone.
When I stumbled on this TikTok hanging clothes trick my mind was BLOWN. But it was then I realised that for this TikToker and mum @mommaneedsahobby, this trick would be so normal for her day-to-day, but it’s such a revelation for most of us watching on in awe.
@mommaneedsahobby How do you hang your shirts? #lifehacks #hangingshirts #over30 #adulting ♬ Ultimate life hacks - Kelly
So, I decided I needed to share some handy home hacks that I use regularly. You might even be able to add to your hacks tool belt, too.
1. Dressing kids in their outfit the night before.
This is likely my favourite ever hack and I use it every 👏 single 👏day 👏.
I first used this hack when I took my daughter Hayley on an overseas trip when she was almost 2 years old. Between the jetlag and some awkwardly timed flights (looking at you, 7am take-off) I had to find a way to make sure the chaotic morning had one less task to handle and the best way was to ensure that was to have one less person to dress.
That was three years ago. Now with a second kid in tow, and one less pair of hands to help out, this hack makes my morning routine SO much easier. As for the now-5-year-old, I lay out her school uniform the night before which means all I have to do is tell her 104629 times to put it on… but at least it’s all there ready to go.
While I’m talking about my two-birds-one-stone way of life, a bonus parenting hack for chaotic mornings is to skip preparing food for yourself or the kids if there’s no time, and instead grabbing it on the run.
Ampol Foodary is the bees knees for exactly that – a quick stop where everyday essentials, tasty food and coffee are all in the one spot, particularly if you’re needing any combination of them at odd hours.
I can’t tell you how convenient it is in amongst the kids’ pick-ups, drop-offs, work and appointments. I’m talking milk, bread, eggs etc, as well as delicious food-to-go like handmade sandwiches and ready-made meals plus quality hot coffee. When life gets chaotic, knowing you can quickly grab everything you need to keep you going for that day in the one place is honestly the *best* feeling.
2. YouTube, but with safety parameters.
When kids want to watch incredibly niche (and MESSY) slime experiments or learn how to draw a very specific TV show character I’m not equipped to teach, I’m all about efficiency with outsourcing that to super wholesome YouTube videos. The kids are learning and sparking their creativity but YouTube doesn’t always feel like the safest place for little minds to be clicking around in.