Quick Survival Tips
How are we supposed to have "it all" when most of the time we can't even find it? If all our readers submit their top three tips for managing the chaos of modern motherhood, we will have quite a Survival Guide right here on these pages. Sometimes it takes a village just to keep your head above water. Please share your survival secrets.

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Clean the bathroom while the kids are in the tub


The little luxuries can make a big difference. I splurge on fancy organic shampoo and hairspray even if my shoes were purchased on clearance. It makes me smile every morning.


Buy in bulk at Costco or other warehouse stores. Immediately divide the pita chips, dried fruit or whatever into snack bags for lunches. The servings are already portioned out and you can grab and go when you are going to the park or for lunches.


Every Sunday I put out a weeks worth of clothes for each child into these hanging cloth shelves with a shelf for each day of the week. Each boy has one in his closet. This especially helps my husband so he doesn't have to decide what to dress the boys in. I found mine in discount stores like HomeGoods, but I've also seen them in the Lilian Vernon catalog.


Buy extra bottles/nipples. If you are breastfeeding, buy an extra set of the hardware and storage bottles. this allows you to skip an evening of washing your pumping stuff and bottles for day care.


Keep one to do list and one list only!!! I have so many pads on my desk, in my purse and in my car. It's a disaster ....I am commited to becoming a one-pad mother....wish me luck.


Get a really good, long pedicure and catch up on your easy, US Magazine reading.


Get advanced tickets to movies or subscribe to a season's worth of plays at a theater so that you have guaranteed nights out. Without these things, I'm not sure my partner and I would ever have a for-sure night out together.


Hire a housecleaner to come once every two weeks. Your time is worth the money and it alleviates the stress of spending half your weekends vacuuming and cleaning toilets!


Toss the cooler in your car one morning on the way to work. Take an hour (or so) over lunch and do your grocery shopping. Don't forget to buy the bag of ice for the cooler holding your perishables. One less thing to do with kids in tow and one less thing to try and fit into your weekend.