Best kitchen routines for the busy mom who wants to keep things clean, have a meal plan, save time, and enjoy motherhood.
I’m a busy mom and, surprise, I’ve got busy mom friends. We came together over a year ago with 2 things in common – our Christian faith and our entrepreneur goals. Needless to say, we’re super busy with family, church, and online businesses.
In the midst of business and busy-ness we have to somehow keep things under control at home, and this includes the kitchen. But how? This is why we’ve decided to share our best sanity-saving kitchen routines with you!
Start The Day Right
Give yourself a boost by starting your day out right in the kitchen. For me, this usually means waking up earlier than my kids to have just one cup of coffee in total silence. If I can have that then I’m usually going to be sane enough to handle a crazy morning. This is a simple kitchen routine that’s just for me and I’m not ashamed.
Let’s look at a more detailed kitchen routine from fellow work-at-home-mom Bethany Loginow, a online content creator and web designer.
“I schedule time in the kitchen while my kids eat breakfast (a half hour each morning). I make lunches for school, do the dishes and run the dishwasher, clean all surfaces, take out trash/recycling, take inventory, and essentially “prep” my kitchen for the day to come. This has been a sanity saver, and I don’t have to wonder when the kid’s lunches will get made or when I will have time to do the dishes.”
Another great way to start your day is to use these free worksheets!
Maybe it’s already obvious but meal prepping, no matter how little, can be a huge game-changing kitchen routine. It can be totally simple like dicing vegetables in the morning and tossing them into your fridge because you know you’ll cook with them in the next day or two.
I love this same-day meal prep strategy from Jordan Dorn, owner of Admin. Concepts, Inc. and fellow awesome mom. Whether it’s work-related or kitchen-related, she’s killing it in the productivity department.
“If you’re home during the day, I like to go in the kitchen between three and four to prep everything that’s needed for dinner so that when I finish work for the day I can just throw it in and go! Plus it’s a nice break from my desk for a few minutes to think about something else that’s productive later.”
Crock Pot / Instant Pot
Seriously, slow cookers and pressure cookers are a busy mom’s best friend. Are after school activities giving you a grand total of 15 minutes to scarf down dinner before bed? Incorporating the use of these cookers into your meal planner can free up time and money.
Busy mom and creator of the Ultimate Wellness Journal for Women Rachel Russel says, “I do crockpot meals on days we have after school sports/events. Super easy to have a balanced dinner ready to eat (and it makes the house smell SO good!).” Her family gets a wholesome meal to fuel their busy schedule and probably saves money at the same time!
Katy Like of Non-Toxic Katy says, “Instant pot is a lifesaver. Making a big pot or two of meat and veggies and freezing it individually for all of our lunches to meal prep for the week is so much easier with an instant pot.”
Time-Saving Clean Up
My children are small and incapable of keeping the house clean. They also can’t scrub a pan properly or have an ounce of compassion for their poor, hard-working mama! When it’s bedtime and the kids are cranky but there’s a sink full of dishes, it pays to implement these time saving clean up ideas.
For our family there’s the typical “if I cook it, you clean it” kitchen routine. My husband is awesome about entertaining the kids while I slave away at the stove. Then, I handle bedtime prep while he cleans up. But honestly, we have to play it by ear almost every single day. Maybe it’s not much of a routine but it’s a standard that we keep in the back of our minds because nobody wants to be stuck “doing it all”, right? By cooperating this way we save time with cleaning and the bedtime craziness.
I was also surprised to learn that many of my busy mom friends use disposable pans when cooking dinner. Sure, I’ve used them for potlucks and extra large roasts but Keli Gooch, author and creator of www.keligooch.com says the throw-away aspect means one less dish to scrub. That means less time hovering over the sink and more time for goodnight kisses.
Beth Nyhart, a digital marketing strategist, even lines her regular sheet pans completely with aluminum foil in order to make the kitchen clean up time a snap. Just take off that crusty foil and dump it. Easy-peezy.
Use Your Freezer
One of the biggest realizations I had going into motherhood was how freezer-friendly meals totally rock. Goodbye, multiple ice cube trays. Hello, frozen chicken marinades.
Rachel Russel always keeps frozen fish in the freezer for a quick meal. “Frozen fish can go straight into the oven and is done in 35 minutes — unlike chicken, roasts, or ground beef that need to thaw first.”
Joleisa Creed runs a virtual assistance business and a penny-pinching blog so maximizing meals is key. “I always make a big saucepan of vegetable soup which I blend, and share out into small freezer safe containers for freezing and later use.”
But my favorite kitchen routine involving the use of your freezer is from Canadian writer and mom of three young boys Sarah Bachelder. “I make a double batch of cookie dough so I can freeze half of it. That way, next time I need them (3 days after I made the first batch), I can just thaw the dough and make fresh cookies (if I don’t eat the dough first). I make eggless because it saves money. Cookies are very popular with my men.” 🙂
Listen, if you’re a busy mom then you gotta give meal delivery services a try. No shame in that game. Check out what Bethany Loginow says about it.
“We have been using a meal delivery service for the past few weeks, and I have to say I LOVE the concept. The numerous ingredients come pre-measured, and it saves me both time and money at the grocery store. The shipments arrive at my doorstep once a week, and it fills in all the gaps between activities for when we need to cook/eat at home.”
Kitchen routines aren’t just about cooking. It’s about managing life in the kitchen. And if a meal delivery service can help you with that then, by all means, please look into it!
You are more than a recipe machine or a dish washer. You are a mom with a life. Let these kitchen routines let you live it.
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