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10 Quick and Easy Time Savers for Parents

By Kate Kelly

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It’s a complaint among parents everywhere—there’s not enough time in the day! And when your child has learning and attention issues, you’re even busier. So how can you squeeze more time out of your day? Here are 10 ways to steal time from your daily routine.

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Set up automatic bill pay.

Create an online account with every company that you write a check to each month. No need for stamps—and you cut down on all that paper coming into your house. Or you can get the bills via mail and pay them with online banking.

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Have your groceries delivered.

For a small fee, most supermarkets will deliver your order right to your door. And they often waive the fee on the first delivery, so you can try it out for free. Some people say that grocery shopping online cuts down on impulse buying. So the service may not end up costing you more.

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Make lunches for the next day while you’re making dinner.

You’re in the kitchen anyway, and this extra step means you’re not cleaning up twice.

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Make a double batch

Cooking up some chili or spaghetti sauce? It’s not much more work to make enough for two meals, and then freeze half for the following week. There’s nothing like knowing you not only have a plan for dinner, but that it’s done.

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Use a headset for phone calls.

Return calls (or catch up with your sister) while scrubbing the sink or making beds. And if you end up on hold with the cable company, you’ll be less annoyed over how much time you’re wasting.

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Share the load.

Chores can be good for your child. Even young kids can sort their own laundry. Middle-schoolers can also fold it and put it away, and high-schoolers can wash their own clothes. Kids of all ages can vacuum and organize the shoes that pile up in the entryway. Note: Try not to re-do their work even if you can do it better.

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Use baskets for clutter control.

Make pretty baskets part of the decor in your living room, family room and other places you all hang out. Designate one basket for each family member. At the end of each day, have everyone gather their books, toys, socks and other stuff in their basket.

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Put a tape dispenser and a pair of scissors in every living area of your house

When you have kids, these items often come in handy. With multiple sets, you spend less time going from room to room searching for them.

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Buy all white (or black) socks.

How much time a week do you spend sorting socks and looking for mates? Enough said.

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Call it good enough.

The house is never going to be spotless, and you’re never going to be caught up on all the tasks that take up your days and weekends. So just say you’re done and relax for a little while. That way you’ll have the energy and motivation to tackle it again tomorrow.

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About the Author

Portrait of Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.

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Portrait of Sheldon Horowitz

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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