Getting three kids ready for school each day involves a mad morning scramble and a last minute dash out of the house.
On a good day, the kids have had breakfast and my teeth have been brushed.
On a bad day, we share a packet of biscuits in the car and chewing gum replaces teeth brushing.
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Now I’ve made some necessary changes. Here are my top nine ways to save you some time each week:
1. DVD and my cross trainer
Last January I joined a gym. What followed was a wonderful three months of multiple exercise classes while the kids went to school. I was a total gym junkie. Then in April I returned to work. It was a dream job and I have no regrets in accepting it, however gone was any time I had to exercise. I invested in a cross trainer for home and some brilliant work out DVDs. I also cancelled my gym membership.
Nowadays, not only do I get to maintain my fitness, but my kids join in during my work out DVDs too. They are damn cute as they attempt push-ups and star jumps. I’m setting a great example of good health for them and we are together the whole time.
2. Use your time wisely, shop groceries
I used to love grocery shopping. But I just don’t have time in my day. Before picking up the groceries, the kids and I would start off with coffee/babycino before going to the fruit market first, the grocery store second and the deli third. It was the highlight of our week, shopping and planning out our meals and snacks. Now I shop online. It saves me hours each week and is so convenient (I can even do it from my iPad while on the train from work). Even if I did suddenly have plenty of time to grocery shop in person, I would never go back. I am an online shopping convert.
3. Retail therapy
As much as I love shopping clothes, the time it takes just doesn’t fit in with my schedule anymore. So I go online.
I have a fairly good idea of what size I am and which styles suit me. All my clothes shopping takes place online on my iPhone while I’m on the bus so I can save hours of time doing it in person.
When I do shop in person, it’s for the kids. They are old enough now to have quite a few opinions about what they wear. Philip likes anything army inspired, scary or left-of centre. Giovanni likes bright, bright colours. Caterina is a princess. She prefers elaborate dresses but will wear pants and t-shirts if they have butterflies or sparkles on them.
4. Sunday is Chef time
My Sunday routine is to have the groceries delivered in the morning and then I cook up a storm. I make pasta sauce, soup, boil up green beans and potatoes, cut and freeze bread rolls for school lunches and crumb meat and chicken. I make some pizza dough and cupcakes and muffins. It all goes in the freezer and fridge and is used during the week for snacks, lunches and dinners. It’s so easy to boil up some spaghetti for dinner when you have the sauce ready in the freezer.