Mother: only one word, so many meanings. Whether you are a working mum or a stay-at-home mum, your jobs and tasks are endless and don’t lack in variety. Caregivers, cooks, cleaners, psychologists, chauffeurs, doctors, managers, hairdressers, dieticians, accountants, teachers, waitresses, maids and nurses are just few of the roles we take on daily.

There just aren’t enough hours in the day, we just don’t have enough arms to handle all the things we have to do. However, what we mastered is improvisation and lateral thinking, so let’s put that multitasking brain of ours to work, and figure out how to keep our sanity!

Moms can always find something to occupy themselves with – and that is an understatement. We, though, so far have already found ways of organizing our busy lives and our valuable, limited time. We came up with ways to prepare smarter meals while getting the rest of the family involved too. That was the easy stuff.

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It is time now to talk a little about a very painful area of motherhood: clothes! You all know very well what I mean – sorting, washing, drying, folding, ironing, putting away, buying, always needing more, sizes changing faster than lightning and these are just the basic ‘jobs’ concerning your children’s clothes. Is there anything we can do to make things a bit easier? Yes there is, and this is how:

Cover nasty stains with detergent before clothes go in the washing machine. You have probably heard it before but it really works miracles. Children’s clothes attract stubborn stains that sometimes not even the highest temperature wash can remove. Try rubbing some detergent on them before the main wash and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Sort out washed clothes in sets. This is a fantastic idea that has been very helpful to me and my children. Place clothes and a pair of socks in sets inside their wardrobe so it becomes easier for them to get dressed. The choice of what to wear still remains their own!

Allow your children to wear whatever they want. As long as they are suitable for the weather. If your children show disagreement for the previous tip, let them make their own choices even if they don’t suit your style taste.

Motivate your children to choose their clothes from the night before. Don’t get into the clothes frenzy of ‘what to wear’ every morning! Pick your and your children’s clothes if they are small, from the night before and save time and a lot of headache the next day.

Pair all socks! And save approximately 2-3 hours a week in trying to find socks that match. You could use a big, thicker safety pin to keep matched socks together before putting them in the washing machine. You could also use different colored nets that work exactly the same as the safety pins. If you have more than one children, this tip will come in very handy.

Online shopping. Have you tried it? Nowadays there are thousands of retailers online where you can satisfy all clothing needs for your children and you can also find offers, promotions and discounted stocks. For the busy mum, online shopping once in a while can be just what she needs.

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Serve your children’s breakfast while they are still in their pyjamas. Some moms prefer not to. For me it’s damage control. It’s better to get their pyjamas dirty than their school clothes!

Teach your older children to wash their own clothes. Teenagers keep changing clothes three times a day sometimes. Put them in charge of their own washing. The first few days will be chaotic. After than, they will just see for themselves that clean, folded clothes inside their wardrobe doesn’t happen by magic!

All wonderful moms around the world – relax!! Rome wasn’t built in a day and you cannot fit a 70 hour schedule in the same day either! I promise I will provide you with some very practical ideas and tips to make your parental life  easier and you feeling more chilled out and loosen up. Till next time.
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Psychologist, world citizen, mother - Effie is one half of the alwaysladies.com founding pair. She can bring to life any party with either a smile, or a strong opinion. If like us you can't get enough of Effie, visit her blog at www.thethinkingmomblog.com

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