Lorraine Brock, a professional organizer and mom of three teenagers, keeps it simple in the kitchen. "My first kitchen tip would be to pre-cook meats for dinner, especially ground meats. Freeze them and add them to foods accordingly when cooking dinner." As for another shortcut, if you want to make homemade mashed potatoes, peel the potatoes the night before then submerge them in water and keep them in the refrigerator until they're ready to boil the following day.
Kirsten Ivey-Colson of the MommyBlueprint Mommies mentions that preparation, as part of her organization shortcuts, isn't limited to just the kitchen. "Prep the night before. Get your clothes lined up, ironed and ready to go. Have your kids pick out their clothes for the week on Sunday."
Lorraine also suggests keeping the house intact by always taking something with you that does not belong in the room you are in when you leave it. "If you get up off the couch to check on the laundry, take an item or two that does not belong in the living room and put it up. A little at a time... is better than nothing."
Amidst all of the organizational tools, Pat strongly recommends putting some "You Time" in the calendar to do something special for yourself. "You need to regenerate your personal energy every week to continue the hectic pace of being a mom. Find a corner in your bedroom, light a candle and play some peaceful music to regenerate your heart and soul so you can keep up with everything else on your schedule."