8. Track medication dosing by drawing a dosing schedule on the bottle
There’s nothing worse than having a sick child. You just want them to feel better instantly, which we all know isn’t possible. The path back to good health often involves a round of antibiotics with several doses each day. And keeping track of their medication dosing can be a challenge with everything else you’re juggling. Did you give them their morning dose? Have they had the evening does?
No more guesswork. Stay on top of things by drawing a basic dosing schedule on the side of the bottle using a permanent marker. Store the marker next to the bottle and after administering a dose, simply mark it off.
9. Digitally store your kids’ artwork and free up the clutter
Suffering from mom guilt about that giant drawer of your kids’ artwork? It’s not that you don’t love it, but what are you going to do with all of it? Rather than stuffing the latest masterpiece into a drawer, why not digitize the artwork? Scan or take a picture of the art (Office Lens and PhotoScan are great free apps for this!) and save the digitized artwork on your phone and computer.
The next time your kids are browsing pictures on your phone they’ll be delighted to see their artwork. You can even set the artwork as your computer’s screensaver. Digitizing the artwork not only preserves it and reduces clutter, but it actually makes it easier to more regularly view it.
10. Create a dedicated sock container
It’s not your imagination: your washing machine may actually be eating socks. While that may reassure you of your sanity, it doesn’t solve the problem of lonely socks. Rather than stuff those partner-less socks back in a drawer where they’ll likely get lost or remain single forever, store lone socks in a designated sock container.
Every couple of months go through your sock container, and you’ll probably be surprised at how many matches you find. If, after a few rounds of this you haven’t found a match, go ahead and toss the sock. Or give it to a house elf.
11. Save your feet with a Lego organizer
Once you enter the world of Lego, there’s no going back. They’re everywhere, in everything, and you’re stepping on them at every turn. Chances are all the pieces are stored in a large toy bin, so simply finding pieces and playing with them is a challenge for the kiddos. So why not organize and label them? Yes, all of them.
It’s easier than you think, and once the system is in place, you’ll pat yourself on the back daily for your ingenuity. Just sort the Lego pieces by color and store each color in a different plastic drawer—they’ll be easy to access and easy to clean up. A true win-win.
12. Let your kids help with the endless lunch-packing
Once you have the foods prepped, this will eliminate one of those things you do nearly every morning while giving the kids some autonomy and instilling in them a little responsibility.
Here’s what you do: Get a three-tiered cart and group specific, non-perishable food items on each shelf. Keep fresh foods in the refrigerator. Print off this guide and attach it to the cart, which provides your kids instructions about how to build their lunch each day.
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