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if mom had 3 minutes...

What would you do?

I have a few thoughts on the subject, because like any mama will tell you, we get to be very good at time management when children enter our lives. Making the most of every moment becomes of the utmost importance, wouldn't you say?

Here's the quickie background: I'm very excited to be working on a new campaign with Clorox, who in turn is collaborating with children's book author Karen Kaufman Orloff, of "If Mom Had 3 Arms," to create an e-book called If Mom Had 3 Minutes. One very cool part? Suggestions and time-saving tips for the book are coming directly from mamas everywhere -- all you have to do to contribute is visit Clorox's Facebook page (or in the comment section of this post).

Even better than that? By commenting on this post with a tip (and a way to be contacted), 20 of you will be randomly selected by Clorox to receive a coupon for one free Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes product.  Spring cleaning, anyone?

To help get you started, here are a few things I do to make my household run a little smoother (and if you saw my laundry pile at home, you might be laughing out loud right now):

1.) I can't wait until we can all eat together as a family, but right now we still feed Toddler S first and Husband and I eat after she goes to bed. While she's having dinner, I save time by doing a few dishes and starting dinner for us.

2.) Toddler S is entering a "helping" phase, which is totally sweet despite the fact that her idea of helping is, well, not usually that helpful. But, she gets props for trying! She really enjoys "helping" me do laundry, which I actually don't mind because it means I get to spend time with her while I'm down in the basement of our building sorting out brights from whites.

3.) I read email, have phone conversations and look at Facebook while I'm breastfeeding. I feel slightly guilty about this, but it's honestly a good time to catch up with friends and family. I've also been known to do things like cut my daughter's fingernails while breastfeeding (actually, both daughters' nails, now that I think about it!)

Thanks in advance for your contributions, and I look forward to reading your tips!

Disclosure: I received information about the If Mom Had Three Minutes program and coupons for Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes from Clorox for this giveaway. I am being compensated by The Clorox Company to talk about my favorite time-saving, multi-tasking tip(s) as part of the If Mom Had Three Minutes Program.


Lindsay Wells said...

I'm all about multi-tasking! When my daughter's in the bathtub, I take that opportunity to clean the rest of the bathroom, since I have to be in there anyway and it's a chore I'm likely to procastinate doing otherwise.

Anonymous said...

I think by having more than one child it pretty much means you are perpetually multi-tasking. One of the best things about my kitchen is that while my sons eat at the breakfast bar I am able to empty the dishwasher and clean the kitchen. Not to mention continuing to feed my two ravenous kids!

hawley said...

I now clean the shower while I'm in it. When else do I get to take a nice long hot shower?! I just make sure I keep the scrub brush and the cleaning solution near by.

Claire Gilvar said...

I mop the floors when they are in their high chairs having dinner.. its the opportunity I get without little feet running around.

Sonja said...

I like all these multi-tasking ideas! Here's one for when the little ones are teens and you are their chauffeur: never leave home without a good book or magazine, because you will spend a lot of time in the car waiting for them!!

Hatton said...

It was so nice to meet you in myrtle beach with Darley! My time saving tip: I fold my toddlers clothes in the nursery with the door shut and he reads books and plays - and cant escape!

Craigslistdad - W. Moy said...

Dad of two girls here (5 & 2) - multi tasking is mandatory! From checking email on iphone while they are in the tub to cooking and cleaning/emptying dishwasher, bringing the mail with me to look at while waiting in car pool after school, leaving a plastic tote in the closet to "collect" outgrown and out of season clothing, etc!

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