Time Saving Life Hacks For Single Parents.


Being a single parent means twice the work, twice the time and twice the stress. I’ve been a single parent for nearly five months now and I’ve gone from crazed mad woman come Monday morning to an organised and in control Mummy, especially on weekday mornings when the school run beckons…

Bedtime.

Ensure you have a set bedtime routine in place. When we get home from school I start dinner, do reading/homework whilst it is cooking, then we have some TV/tablet time before baths, story and bed. The children know where they are and what they are doing each day which really helps them too settle.

Stay one step ahead. 

Each evening I lay out all outfits for the following day, pack lunchboxes and set out bowls etc ready for breakfast. I am rubbish at getting up in the mornings so this simple exercise is really helpful.

Make your freezer your friend.

My freezer is packed full of pre-cooked meals, leftovers and quick fixes that I can get out in the morning and leave to defrost in time for dinner. I dedicate one Sunday a month to batch cooking meals like sausage casserole and cottage pie and frozen veg is a lifesaver!

Utilise your support network. 

If someone offers help, take it. If like me your the ‘do it all’ type, get over it! I’ve spend far too long trying to be superwoman and it does nobody any favors. Even if it’s just an offer of nipping to the shops for you… take it.

Keep a note. 

My diary is the glue that holds us all together – I write down everything from deadlines to homework due dates and carry it with me everywhere. I’m guilty of reading letters from school and putting them in the pile and forgetting about it until its too late. Write down everything – even the most organised Mum’s can’t remember everything!

Tracey (One Frazzled Mum) is much like me, she says…  ‘I have diaries and planners to remind me of things I need to do. (1 in my handbag, 1 for the blog and a things to do book i can organise daily) My daughter is 10 so I get her to help me out too. If it’s important it goes on the wall planner on the back door in the kitchen. I like to have things ready the night before for example, clothes out, school bag/weekend clothes for her dad’s so I’m not rushing of a morning especially on a school day. I have so much to remember if it’s not written down chances are I’ll forget.’

Prioritise.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Assign a room to a day and clean/tidy/organise a room at a time. Some days I’ll skip a room and do it alongside another, sometimes I’ll be on one and do the whole of downstairs in one go. Set realistic targets for yourself – but be flexible if you feel up to it.

Jade (Raising The Rings) isn’t a single mother, but she also has a routine for housework, she says… ‘I set aside 20-30 minutes a day to tackle a room (or two, depending on what needs doing)! I try and do things when the kids are occupied – clean the kitchen down when they’re eating lunch, or put some clothes away when they’re in the bath, that kind of thing.’

Take time for yourself. 

Use weekends as a chance to relax, run a hot bubble bath, pour yourself a glass of  wine, reward yourself for being nothing short of a hero!

Do you have any more top tips for single parents? Comment below!

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10 Comments

  1. Tracey Bowden 6th February 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Thanks for including me, organisation is key as far as I’m concerned. Having been a single parent for 8 years now I know how badly things can go wrong hence my reliance on diaries and to do lists. Also I love my slow cooker for helping bulk up my freezer. With it being just the 2 of us it goes a long way!

  2. Kelly 7th February 2017 / 8:55 pm

    These tips are brilliant even if you aren’t a single parent I think! I really need to be more organised—Thanks for sharing. #DreamTeam

  3. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 10th February 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I’m in awe of anyone who manages life as a single parent. I find it a tough enough job even with a partner to support me. I think your point about utilising support when it’s offered is so key – I’m terrible at this, but I’ve come to realise that most people do want to help when they offer, and taking them up on it can be such a massive help. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  4. Annette, 3 Little Buttons 11th February 2017 / 11:18 pm

    I am not a single parent, but these tips are brilliant. As organised as you are, I don’t know how you do it all – supermum springs to mind withouta doubt! Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam xx

  5. Yvonne 13th February 2017 / 10:09 am

    These tips are brilliant for everyone I think, my hubby travels a lot so this definitely resonates with me. xx #SharingtheBlogLove

  6. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 13th February 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I take my hat of to you and all single parents, I don’t know how you to do it. I would be lost without the support of my husband. I definitely have to write everything down, especially now Alice is in school there is so much to remember. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Chloe Weir 18th February 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment xx

  7. Pen 13th February 2017 / 10:07 pm

    totally agree. Organisation is key. When you are in a couple, you can leave your child in bed and one of you can pop to the shops if you run out of milk, or dinner or whatever. You can’t do that as a single parent. I rely on my freezer and also Tesco home delivery. My life is governed by an Excel spreadsheet which tells me where I am supposed to be and where cygnet is supposed to be on any given day. It works, but there is no flexibility. Pen x

    • Chloe Weir 18th February 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Tesco deliveries are my savior too! Thank you for your comment xx

  8. The Pramshed 9th March 2017 / 8:15 am

    Some fab tips here for all us Mums. Like you I try to do everything which is doing me no favours at all. I’ve recently started writing down on post it notes literally the moment I think of it. It sounds like you’re certainly winning at this and you should be proud of yourself. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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