Some major time-savers I've implemented are:
- Meal planning
- One hour every two weeks, and we're set. I know what needs to be on my shopping list, and what we'll be eating. Forget the daily stress of scrambling to make something, wondering what I have, and racing to the store for last minute ingredients. This saves me probably an hour every day.
- Baking Day
- We always have baked goods around - it's a must. So, I would often run out of things, bake whenever. Between meetings and events and outings, I was scrambling to find time and will to get baking done. I was even buying baked goods from the store. That's when I knew I needed a change. Now, once a week (usually a Fri or Sat), I bake about 3-4 different recipes. This lasts the week for potlucks, lunches, my turn to bring snacks somewhere, company over, desserts ... aahhh. No more scrambling. This saves both time and stress.
- Household Chores on a schedule
- Weekly chores are divided among the days of the week. Floors this day, washrooms that day, and so on. Then at least (ideally) these things get done weekly. Realistically though, I use it as a loose guideline. If I'm overwhelmed by the amount of housekeeping I need to do, I look at the list and do only what's on the list. Aaah. Peace of mind and, more often, a cleaner house than I had :)