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Betty Olsen is a content writer who specializes in home interior design, gardening, landscaping, and healthy living topics. She knows how to make a beautiful backyard without spending lots of money and how to be fit and healthy. Today, she is sharing her home hacks for a busy mum.

Over to Betty.

Working mothers often find it difficult to manage home and work single handily. But if you know some great DIY hacks that can save your time, then surely no one can manage family and work both better than you. In today’s modern world, home hacks are a way out of hectic schedules. Let’s discuss some great hacks that will help you manage your home better.



We know that it is difficult to manage spouse, kids, and house all alone. If you are lucky, then your spouse will support you too. But what if even he is extremely busy? Then surely it is high time for you to chalk out some home hacks. Home hacks help you organize everything in a small span of time. 

And trust us, these DIY home hacks do your job without any compromise on perfection. Hacks also help you cut your budget on household products and help you save money. We have shortlisted for you 10 life hacks for home, delve into the article to explore the life-changing hacks.

1. Create a Corner for your Kids’ Belongings

The most frustrating thing in the morning can be to play treasure hunt in your own house to find your kids’ socks, books, or copies. We suggest you a home hack of creating a separate space for your kids’ belongings to save you from that. 

You can easily apply this hack by using hooks on a wall for your kids’ clothes and setting the table for their books and stationaries. Teach them to use that corner properly. This hack also works as an amazing home decoration hack. Do not forget to reward your kids with chocolates for good behavior!

2. Shop for Your Kids’ Clothes from Consignment Sales

Consignment sales are great for both saving time and money. In most of the areas, it appears twice a year and offers a great variety of affordable kids’ collection. Our estimation says that you will have to spend £100 approximately for one kid for the whole year’s clothing, isn’t that great? You can also gift them new clothes before Christmas or New Year, but anyway, you can stay assured of consignment stores for the rest of the year.


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3. Prepare Dinner and Lunch at Once

One of the best home hacks for working mothers is to prepare dinner and lunch both at night. This will help you save a lot of time for meal preparation. Also, you can pack the same food for your office the next day, therefore, this is also a great home office hack. But make sure that you store the food in a refrigerator and also try to heat it the next day before eating.   

4. Set-up a Coffee Corner 

Morning coffee is often the first craving after you wake up. We know that at times coffee takes a part of your time, which you might use doing other important stuff. So, we have come up with this home improvement hack for you to save your early hours. Invest in a coffee maker, and every day before going to bed, organize everything that you need for a perfect coffee. Let the coffee maker do its job, meanwhile, you utilize that time preparing breakfast for your kids.

5. Prepare the Necessary Things at Night

This is one of the most approved home organization hacks. We suggest you prepare at night all the important necessities for the next day. Those urgent works may include ironing clothes, especially school dress, organizing your meeting documents, organizing your kids’ school’s daily routine, and so on. These works take a lot of time and attention when done in the morning. Therefore, apply this home hack for a hustle free morning.

6. Organize Your Laundry

When you have a 9 to 5 job, doing laundry every other day becomes quite impossible. Therefore, it is highly advisable that you sort the week’s laundry and wash all of them on the weekend. Make sure that you wash the white clothes separately. This home hack will help you save time by keeping you away from washing clothes every other day. 

7. Wash Your Hair at Night

We know that proper hair washes, and then drying takes a hell lot of time. So, we suggest you wash your hair at night. One more added perk to this hack is that you don’t have to dry your hair at night, just go to your bed and wake up with naturally dried hairs.


8. Use Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Trust us, this one is a life-changing home cleaning hack. In today’s technologically advanced world, you need to use some techy machines to save your time and make your work easy. A robotic vacuum cleaner is one such machine. These machines are affordable and also easy to operate. Let the automatic cleaner clean your house while you do other works.

9. Keep a Check on Security

It is very important for you to implement a secure environment in your house when you are most of the time away from home due to work. Therefore, implement a few home security hacks to ensure the safety of your family. Some of the best security hacks are to install a crime-tracking app, hide valuable items, install smart doors, and so on. Also, make sure that your toddler or kid does not leave the house alone when you are away. 

10. Heat Your Home Wisely

Winters are often cruel, and we know that there is a dire need to heat your home during winter. Therefore, a few home heating hacks are light candles, use carpets and rugs, cover windows with plastic, let the sunlight warm your house during the daytime, and so on. These easy home hacks will help you maintain a warm home without taking much time.

 

We hope that now you know some great home hacks that will help you save a lot of time and enable you to strike a perfect balance between your job and family. Start implementing these home hacks soon for a better-organized lifestyle. So which home hack will you implement first? Do keep us updated!




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LIFE, MOTHERHOOD

Confession time.

Ever since I have married a black man, my views on race and racism have changed a lot.

All the more, after our beautiful mixed-race twin boys came into this world.

Before that, I had thought I knew what black people go through during their lives. 

I thought some of them had it harder than others, that some were exaggerating the issue, and that some were being unnecessarily paranoid…

Today I know that my opinions were wrong and rather naive. 

How could they not be? 

As a white person, I had never remotely come even close to understand what black people have to go through on a daily basis. I am not saying what the majority of black people go through because – as I also only understand now – ALL black people come across hate and racism at more than one occasion in their lives. Regardless of where they now live or the country of birth. 
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LIFE

“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb

“Babies lost in the womb were never touched by fear. They were never cold, never hungry, never alone, and importantly always knew love.” Zoe Clark-Coates

It’s baby loss awareness week…

Another tough subject to talk about, but since it is something I have personal experience with, I feel it is finally time for me to write about it. And to support those who have been through it too.

This second pregnancy was not planned, but after the initial shock, I started to be excited and look forward to it.

But not for long. Before I knew it, the baby was gone.

I kept asking why it happened, but this is something you can never be 100% sure with. We were put through a lot of stress at the time as our Henry had to undergo surgery, so I believe this did not add up to the relaxed state of mind a pregnant woman is supposed to be in.

Anyway, one day I started to bleed so we went straight to the urgent care. They said it didn’t necessarily have to mean anything bad, but suggested for me to rest and relax. Like you could relax in a situation like that, right?

However, I did my best, but the bleeding would not stop. On the third day,  I started to feel sharp cramps in my belly. I knew very well what it meant, but was still was hoping till the last moment. keep reading

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LIFE

I’ve been through a lot during my life. My childhood was tough, my parents got divorced when I was only five, I went through some bad relationships and through a divorce. I suffered major depression and anxiety (which still lasts), I lost a baby…

And yet, when I talk to other people and listen to their stories, it feels like mine is not very unique.

Do you know what I mean?

Every person on this planet has their story. And no one has a purely easy life.

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LIFE, MENTAL WELLBEING

You know it. You finally put the children down and your feet up when your phone rings. It is likely your parents or a friend. You know that most likely they do not want anything major, they just want to chat.

However, after a long day of physical and psychological struggle, chatting on the phone is the last thing you want to do. All you need is sit down, switch off the brain and do not think about anything. After a while, the ringing stops and a text appears on your display. “Can you talk?” 

You think of what you should do. You want to say ‘no’ but at the same time, this idea makes you feel guilty. 
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I have recently come across an interview with the psychologist on the subject of maternity, which made me think about many things.

The article was talking about ‘cry out’ method (controlled crying method) and its negative impact on childhood psychological development. One particular sentence was of great interest to me. ‘Only a heartless parent can let a child cry out’, stated there in black and white.

If I do not take into account the fact that some psychologists support or recommend this method, I was astonished by the boldness of this statement.
I see a similar attitude in many other things. It’s as though people forget sometimes that there are two sides to everything.

Let’s take breastfeeding.

‘The right mother breastfeeds her baby’, ‘Do everything for you to breastfeed’, ‘Do not give up, your baby needs breastfeeding the most’ and so on.

From each direction, we are cluttered by the phenomenon of breastfeeding and its magical effect on our child’s life. Every new mother, therefore, feels she has to breastfeed and if she does not, she is not a good mother.
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