Favorite “Mom Hacks” from Our Writing Team

Mom hacks
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You ever hear a “mom hack” on social media and think — man, that’s a good idea!

And then as quickly as it enters your brain it leaves again? Or worse yet, you can’t find the post again when you’re ready to actually use it?

Well, I’m here to solve all your problems! Okay, maybe not *all* your problems, but I have compiled a list for you to reference at your leisure of all the best mom hacks from our group of incredible writers.

Best Mom Hacks

1. Clutter Hacks:

  • Place a basket near the stairs for items that belong on another level. Then when it’s full, you just have the carry the basket instead of 800 individual items. Just don’t forget to replace the basket!
  • Keep a rolling cart or basket of art supplies by the area the kids are likely to use them for easier clean up.
  • Have a “paperwork” backpack of bills, calendars, letters, etc. that can easily move around the house and to the car when needed.
  • Use clear plastic on the dining table to store maps, photos, place settings diagrams or lined paper for handwriting practice with washable markers.

2. Think Ahead Hacks:

  • Put out everyone’s clothes (including your own) the night before, pack lunches, snacks and backpacks for a smoother morning. *For older kids, create a “night before check list” that they’re in charge of completing before bed.
  • Pre-fill water bottles the night before and leave them in the fridge to avoid the inevitable, “Mom, where’s my water bottle?” as you’re trying to rush out the door.
  • Freeze a wet sponge to use in their lunchbox; they can also use this to wipe up after lunch!
  • On weekends, put out a bowl of cereal and place a small cup of milk on a low shelf in the fridge so the kids can get their own breakfast and buy you some extra Z’s. For even younger kids, invite them into bed for TV or iPad time while you sneak in some extra precious minutes.
  • Keep wipes, plastic baggies, and plastic grocery bags in the car in case of sickness and spills.
  • Shop the end of season clothing sales for the next year. This can be tricky to gauge sizes ahead of time if they’re still growing like weeds, but it’s better to get something too big — they’ll grow into it!
  • Use a bin to dump their school supplies in in May, then “shop the tote” in August before rebuying all the back to school supplies.

3. Avoid a Fight Hacks:

  • Put initials on clothes, stuffies, or any item you foresee siblings fighting over. This is especially helpful for twins and kids close in age.
  • Use a toddler cot by your bed to help transition your co-sleeping kid to their own room. This way they feel close to you, but aren’t literally on top of you.
  • Put a baby gate in your toddler’s doorway to encourage quiet or nap time. The openness makes them feel less shut off from everything while they’re in their room.
  • Create a daily chore chart or make a paper bracelet of tasks to earn screen time. This can be individual or a rotation for household chores everyone can do.
  • Never leave home without a snack bag. There’s (almost) nothing that can’t be fixed with food.

4. Laundry Hacks:

  • Assign the same color and/or brand of sock for each kid. This way, you can easily sort matching socks!
  • Put all the toys or stuffies in a mesh laundry bag to wash them all at once instead of one at a time.
  • Use big plastic bins or baskets for the kids PJs. Who has time to fold pajamas?!
  • Help kids complete laundry tasks by breaking it down into 5 steps that can be separated by hours or days: sort into piles, put socks/undies/jammies away (the non-foldables), put closet items on hangers, fold drawer items, put the rest away.
  • If you find yourself in a quiet house, relax or make your to-do list phone calls. Save the physical items on your list, like laundry, for when you have to be up and moving around with the kids anyway.
And there you have it! We hope you find one or more of these “mom hacks” helpful!
What are some of your favorite “mom hacks”? Let us know in the comments!
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Katina Behm
Katina grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and played field hockey at the University of Connecticut, and has never been in as good of shape since. She met her husband, Justin, at a bar in Pittsburgh and, despite many romantic Skype dates, found a long-distance relationship to be a drag and moved to Fargo in 2010. She's a bonus mom to Justin's son, Owen (2005), and they have twins Augie and Delphi (2016) and two Great Danes, Rainy and Moose. She's a Speech-Language Pathologist & Certified Brain Injury Specialist who enjoys helping her patients improve their quality of life. She is also a Certified Sculpt Instructor at Mojo Fit Studios. Katina loves showing the world to her kids (but also seeing the world through their eyes), trying new foods, listening to live music and publicly mocking her little brother on Instagram. On most weekends, you can find her at one of her kids' many activities by day, and by night on the couch in sweats, eating a homemade charcuterie board and drinking cheap wine she bought at Costco. She still has Skype dates, but now they're with friends and family who live all over the place.



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