I think as moms, we all have little life hacks we do that are super simple but make life a little easier. And I love hearing about other #momhacks! So I’m going to start sharing mine regularly and I hope you find them helpful!
I’m also sharing them on Instagram @gibbslaurenm if you want to follow along! Be sure to save this page, because I’ll be adding to it regularly!
Do you have any simple mom hacks?! Please share them in the comment section below!
Freeze cookie dough balls! I consider this a healthy mom hack because if I don’t freeze it, I’d eat ALL the cookies in a day! When I make a batch of cookies, I bake some and then put the rest of the cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet, freeze them for a few hours, then put them into a freezer bag and back into the freezer. Then you can bake cookies whenever you like, and no need to defrost the dough.
Meal planning. I wrote a whole post about why I love meal planning and how it helps me. It saves me time, money, energy, sanity and is so so helpful for me! Check out the post HERE!
Make a batch of muffins and freeze for easy grab-and-go snacks. These are great for kids and mom snacks. See some of my favorite muffin recipes in a snack roundup post HERE.
Freeze spinach before it spoils for smoothies. We buy big packages of spinach from Costco but can’t use it all before it gets wilt-y, so I like to fill a large freezer bag full of spinach and freeze it. Then, add it to smoothies.
Stop folding kids clothes. 🙂 My girls dig through their drawers and mess up any folded clothes anyways, so I’ve stopped folding their clothes all together and don’t stress about it. I just avoid looking in their messy drawers! One day, they’ll learn to fold and keep their drawers neat. 🙂
Make a kids snack platter. My girls could live on snacks if I let them. Their go-to snacks are bars and pre-packaged stuff, but sometimes I like to set out a bunch of different things on a cutting board for them to grab. Like, black olives, cucumber slices, baby carrots, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, organic cheese, etc. I also include a treat, like a few dark chocolate chips or a cookie. They’re more likely to eat all the healthy things when I also give them a treat! 🙂
Kids have their own laundry hampers. About a year ago I bought the big girls their own hampers (this one from Target), and it has been a game changer! Now their laundry stays (mostly) separate from each other so I’m not guessing which clothes belongs to who. Plus, they put their own clean clothes away, so having their own hampers has helped a ton!
Make seasonal bucket lists. I love family traditions but if I don’t intentionally make time for them, they don’t happen. So every season, we make a bucket list as a family and list the things out on a big chalkboard in our kitchen so we always see it. It gives us inspiration for weekend planning and is really fun to cross things off and make memories!
Use the notes section on your phone. I have SO many notes on my phone for different things … wish lists, daily to-do lists, grocery lists, date-night ideas, books I want to read, tv shows and movies I want to watch, gift ideas … I find them really helpful especially when I hear about, come across or have an idea, something to try, anything I don’t want to forget. I use it a lot if I’m awake in the middle of the night and my brain is going nonstop. It helps to get the ideas out of my head so I can hopefully sleep. 🙂
Set workout clothes and workout gear the night before. If you like to workout first thing in the morning, this helps me a ton. By setting out my gear the night before, it gives me one less excuse not to workout in the morning. Check out more of my tips for working out at home HERE!