As the mom of 6 kiddos I am *always* on the look out for tips and tricks that will help make my life better!
Some of the ideas in here we do currently, they have helped make life in a big crazy family, just a touch less chaotic.
Others of these “mom hacks” I have discovered online and am drooling over. One day we will…
Do you have a tip that has helped your home?? I would love to hear about it on our facebook wall.
Make a stackable couch. These are sheets of foam that they covered with fun fabrics to create a couch, or sections of mats for a “nap-over” – we could even take them camping. When I make them, I hope to use vinyl so we can wipe them off when they get dirty. via – Ma Petite
No more hunting for the “home” of clothing items. This would be a great solution for the kids who tend to stuff all their clothes everywhere. Give them labels on the drawers. Paint your dresser with chalk board paint. For younger kids you can draw an image of what’s in the drawers. via – Apartment Therapy
Trampolines. We love ours – it is a favorite “thing-to-do” when the kids need to burn off energy. Get rid of nets and potential hazards by burying the trampoline into the ground. Brilliant! via – Nosh Kids.
Make your own household cleaners. Use common kitchen ingredients to make cleaners that are kid-friendly, kill germs, and safe for your home. This is our lemonade vinegar cleaner. Your house will smell so yummy!
Create a sick bucket and keep it close to where you sleep. If your kids get sick in the night you don’t need to hunt around for the items that will help comfort them and protect your home.
Create and *USE* a meal calendar. It will save you money and time as you are able to waste less food, can shop the sales, and won’t have to spend time hunting for ingredients. via Kid Stuff World.
Keep a door unlocked with a rubber band. We’ve all had those moments when our kids learned how to lock a door but not unlock them. When they are in that lovely phase, keep doors open with rubber bands. via – Good Housekeeping.
Transform a play pen into an outdoor wonder yard – just cover it with a sheet. Your child will be protected from bugs and sun while you garden. If it’s windy out use a fitted crib sheet. It fits perfectly! via – Polly Danger
Create a family binder. We *really* need to do this. Put important contact information, any documents that you *need* to know where they are, future plans and account information. If there is a house emergency, there is just one place to get all the important docs. This site has printables to help you – 30 handmade Days
Painless Vacation Fund. It is hard, really hard to save up for vacations. This year we are getting cash back every time we go grocery shopping. $20 a time adds up fast. Stuff the twenties into a bottle so you can watch your fund grow until vacation time.
Sort and store legos. If you have a child who loves having his (or her) legos all organized in a visible manner they will love this shoe-organizer “hack”. Fill the shoe slots with the lego “groups”.
Organize stuffed animals. If you have a house with limited floor and shelf space you will love this – Hang a rope from the ceiling. Use clothespins to attach the stuffed animals to the rope. via – Attempting Aloha
PVC Pipe Bike Stand. Clean up the garage with super easy to make and easy to adapt bike rack.
Limit Soap by twisting rubber bands around the pump nozzle. When the kids push the pump they can only get a small dollop of soap, the perfect amount for small hands. My kids are soap-alcoholics, my bathroom sinks love this hack.
Remove labels from bottles so you can use the bottles for organization with the help of peanut butter and a magic eraser.
Get rid of fruit flies FAST! Make a trap that they can’t resist!
Kids Snack drawer. Create a drawer with self-serve snacks that your kids can pick from. This helps foster independence as they can go and refuel their growing bodies whenever they need it. via – Good Housekeeping
Under Crib Diaper Station. Use the space under the crib to create a diaper station. You won’t have to go far in the night to get supplies. via – A lovely Lark
Triple Decker. If you have limited floor space go vertical with beds. You can make the middle bunk into a desk area if needed.
Transform a closet into a school-center. You don’t need a ton of space to create a mini-office to help organize and contain the after-school homework craze.