One super organized mom who has gained thousands of social media followers shared the seven things she does to save time cooking and cleaning at home and revealed why you should be doing them too.
Steph Pase, 30, from Sydney, has two young children and a full-time job, and said anything she can do around the house to maximize the time she spends with her family is important.
"Life in general can get incredibly busy, overwhelming and sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day," wrote Steph on her website.
Her tricks include scheduling a load of laundry for the morning and preparing as much food as possible.
A mom who has amassed thousands of followers thanks to her organization has shared the seven things she does to save time cooking and cleaning at home (Steph Pase in the picture).
The first thing to get organized is to set a weekly cleaning schedule that is right for you and your family (Steph's house in the picture).
Steph said what works for her is a list of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks so she never has to think about it (pictured in her kitchen).
1. Establish a weekly cleaning schedule
The first thing to do to get organized is to come up with a weekly cleaning schedule that is right for you and your family.
Steph said what works for her is a list of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks so she never has to think about it.
"Personally, I like to do small cleaning jobs every day so I don't have to spend a whole day doing a big clean every week," said Steph.
In addition to the daily chores that include wiping the kitchen bench and basic tidying up, Steph faces two tasks that need to be done every day.
This means that it won't be snowed with household chores until the weekend.
2. Prepare your food as best you can
Steph's second tip fits many mummy bloggers. She said preparing meals during the week saves her so much time and money.
"Every Sunday I prepare my protein oats overnight for the whole week, refrigerate three servings, and freeze the rest," she said.
With two young children, Steph added that mornings can be crazy enough without having to think about breakfast.
During the week she also pre-cuts fruits and vegetables such as carrots, peppers, and zucchini with meals.
"Food preparation can take up a large part of your day, so think about where it can save you time," she said.
Steph likes to both plan out all meals and prepare as many dinners as possible so she doesn't have to think too much upon entering (her kitchen is pictured).
3. Plan all of your meals
Not only is the preparation of your meal critical to success, but planning too.
Steph said this helps both in time savings during the week and in keeping to your budget.
At the weekend, she sits down for a moment with a pen and piece of paper and plans everything her family will have for dinner that week.
She bases her meal planning on dinner, and then she and her partner eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.
Pre-planning also means you only have to run one grocery store a week, which Steph does online.
This saves her time as she doesn't have to physically go to the supermarket.
If you're late and never feel like cooking in the evening, the mom of two (pictured) says there's one device you can hug with all your heart: your slow cooker
4. Use your slow cooker
When you're late and don't feel like cooking in the evening, the mother of two says there's one device you can embrace with all your heart: your slow cooker.
On her busiest days, Steph said she religiously plans a slow cooker dinner like roast lamb, chicken curry, or pulled pork.
That is, when she comes home from school she's ready to set the table and enjoy dinner with her family.
5. First, plan a load of laundry
Steph is a big fan of scheduling a load of laundry first thing in the morning as her machine has a delayed start feature.
Several times a week, the mother of two plans to start washing in nine hours. When she's up, the laundry is done, she can hang it up, and it's ready for the day.
If you don't have the delayed start feature, you can still put your laundry and powdered detergent in it and just turn them on as soon as you wake up.
Functional and organized spaces will save you a lot of time in the long run, and Steph likes to label tubs (pictured) so she can see at a glance what's inside them
6. Create function rooms
Functional and organized rooms save you a lot of time in the long run. Steph said she put everything in its own container and put a Little Label Co. label on the items.
Some of their tubs contain "kids" snacks, "easy meal kits" and "cans".
"This means that everyone in the apartment knows where to put what and that the room stays clean and without dirt because everything has its place," said Steph.
Some of Steph's favorite stores for her tubs are IKEA and Kmart, both of which are on impressive budgets.
Steph's seventh and final time-saving tip is to always get up an hour before your kids as it means you have a few personal things to do (pictured at home).
7. Get up an hour before the children
Steph's seventh and final time-saving tip is to always get up an hour before your kids.
Even if it's not an hour, Steph said she likes to get up in front of Willow and Harper so she can prepare their children's breakfasts, answer urgent emails, and hang up the laundry.
"I find if I'm halfway through before the kids get up the morning will go a lot smoother," she said.
To learn more about Steph Pase, you can follow her on Instagram Here.
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