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Mums' Time-Saving 'Cheats'

Mums' Time-Saving 'Cheats'
Passing off bought cakes as their own, spraying furniture polish when visitors are on their way and bribing the kids to get ready for school are just a few mums' cheats!

Freezing food for later use, grating vegetables into meals so the children don’t notice and hanging clothes to dry rather than having to iron them also made the list of time-saving ‘cheats’.

A poll of 2,000 mums, also revealed that around eight out of ten struggle to keep up with all the household jobs. Passing off supermarket own-brand products as upmarket brands by refilling empty bottles or packets, using baby wipes to clean their children instead of always washing their faces, and spraying clothes with freshener to get an extra day’s wear are among the techniques busy mums use to get by.

Psychologist Donna Dawson says:
"Home-hacking – coming up with inventive ways around the home to cut down on the amount and variety of work that needs accomplishing – is a new trend which is emerging in the world of the frazzled mum. With mums proving desperate to accomplish everything that needs to be done over the hours of the day and still have time for that cup of tea, it means that shortcuts need to be found ........ Mums are clearly coming up with their own home-hacks on a daily basis with ingenious shortcuts, imaginative re-cycling, thinking ahead, and a good knowledge of human nature.”

The study also found that when it comes to sharing the workload, more than half of the mums polled felt their partner was letting the side down, and could do more to help; one in ten went as far as to say they do EVERYTHING themselves. One third of mums said they felt a bit taken for granted and another third also admitted a sense of ‘obligation’ to their role in the home, feeling under pressure to keep things running smoothly.

Mums' Time-Saving Cheats

No surprise then that 93% described themselves as busy, with nearly half facing a ‘battle’ in their frantic day to day life. It makes sense then that we use certain methods to cope – three quarters admit they stick to the same systems and exact routines every day, with five shortcuts a day making the list. A frazzled one in ten said they couldn’t cope without relying on various time-saving measures – with one in three regularly swapping tips and time-saving techniques with friends and families.

Donna added:
"Without shortcuts, life can appear to be out of control with the days running away from you, leaving you feeling powerless and stressed. Shortcuts allow women to feel more in control of their lives, which gives them more confidence and energy to tackle the challenges of their daily lives. Sharing shortcuts with other women is further empowering, as we feel better about ourselves when helping others."


1. Freezing food to use later in the week
2. Use jarred sauces instead of home making everything
3. Laying out all clothes and school uniform the night before
4. Hang clothes up instead of ironing them
5. Use a pen to write their names on clothing and shoes, instead of sewing in name tags
6. Bribing the children with treats to get them to cooperate
7. Delegating household tasks to other family members
8. Shopping online for food instead of going to the supermarket
9. Using the 'three second rule' when dropping food on the kitchen floor
10. Using baby wipes to clean your children instead of always washing their face
11. Grating vegetables into food to ensure the children are eating their five a day
12. Using a bit of ketchup on foods the children don't really like
13. Putting dry shampoo/putting a bit of talc on greasy hair to save you from washing it
14. Spray deodorant in smelly shoes instead of buying new ones
15. Spray furniture polish before guests arrive so they think that you have recently cleaned
16. Skipping bath time in favour of an extra bedtime story
17. Spray clothes freshener to get an extra day's wear out of them
18. Using convenience food for breakfast so children can eat in the car
19. Icing bought cakes and pretending you made them
20. Getting children to do their homework in the car

The study was commissioned by kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailer Bohen

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