Time Hacks for the Busy Dog-Mom

by Kris Phillips

We live in a time where convenience is king, and so many of life’s hard tasks are done for us. Yet, somehow no one has any spare time. For some, keeping busy helps us feel effective & successful. But constantly driving yourself can also be exhausting. A few minor tweaks to your routine can free up time for the things that really matter- like a game of fetch or a belly rub.



Automate the mundane:
There are some things awesome delivery services out there. I did a recent series on Meal subscriptions, and ultimately decided they were too much hassle. But I’ve also found some great time-savers.

  • Dog food is a great place to automate delivery. Amazon and Chewy both offer auto-shipping. You know you’re going to go through it, and you probably know how often. So why not take “pick up dog food” off the to do list?
  • Who Gives A Crap- Delivers TP right to your door! No more lugging that giant packaging around. They’re also eco-friendly with recycled paper, no plastic packaging, and 50% of profits going to charity. You simply sign up online, select a refill schedule and forget about the staple no one wants to talk about. A few days before your refill ships they’ll send you an email to confirm you’re ready, or reschedule if you’re still stocked. Save $10 on your first order with this affiliate link. And I LOVE the colorful paper wrappers!
  • Dollar Shave Club- If you’re like me, you only remember that you need a new razor while you’re actually in the shower. Then completely forget while out shopping. Only to groan the next time you try to use that months old, dull blade. Dollar Shave Club will send new blades every month or every other month. The down side? They are geared toward men. The upside? No Pink Tax. That’s right ladies, the exact same razor costs you the exact same as a guy. I’ve got an affiliate link for this one too. I’ve been using them for years and love both the price and convenience.

Get someone else to load up your grocery cart:
Most grocery stores now offer online shopping in some capacity or another.

Sam’s Club allows you to go online and order everything you want, then all you have to do is pick it up. You can also download their app and scan your items while you shop and check out right on the app. Then skip the checker line. Both these services are included with membership. They’ll also deliver to your house for a fee.

King Soopers, Sprouts, and Walmart also offer shopper services & delivery for varying fees.

And of course there’s the all-mighty Amazon, now teaming up with Whole Foods.

My personal experience so far has been to only use these service for things they can’t mess up. The couple of times I added produce to my online order, it was not in the best shape. But for anything with a bar code, why not save yourself the hassle and let someone else wander the grocery aisles?


Break up the big tasks:
I used to always struggle with keeping the house clean, bc who has time for that?! But then I came across a handy chart that broke down into daily tasks and realized it doesn’t all have to happen at once. Each task takes 20 minutes or less and the place is perpetually cleanish.

It goes something like:

  • Monday: Clean Bathrooms
  • Tuesday: Laundry
  • Wednesday: Put all the dog toys in their toy box- Vacuum & Mop Floors
  • Thursday: Dust & polish furniture.
  • Friday: Whatever still needs attention

Daily Cleaning:

  • While I make breakfast I unload the dishwasher
  • After dinner- 5 minutes to clean the kitchen, wipe down counters and load the dishwasher.

At least that’s how it’s supposed to work :P

Less time doing the mundane means more time for lounging in the park, hiking in the mountains, and long walks along the creek.

What’s your best time-saving secret?

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