Being a mum can be hectic, with a recent study by Welch’s finding motherhood equivalent to having 2.5 full-time jobs and working 98-hour weeks, where women bear the brunt of household chores. With non-stop lists of daily jobs and duties, it sometimes seems impossible to get it all done in time, but there are ways to save yourself some time and cut down your daily workload. 

1. Household helper apps

You might spend half of your life prying your kids away from technology, but it can play a big role in helping you to get things done more efficiently — freeing some of your time up for that bath you’ve been daydreaming about. Laundrapp is a nifty little app which means you can request the company to collect, wash and then return your laundry to you in. If it’s more than a wash load that your house needs help with, all-rounder cleaning apps like GoFantastic give you the option to choose a range of professionals in your area in under 30 seconds.

2. Recipe box subscriptions

For many modern-day mothers, the reality is that there’s simply not enough time to think up, go shopping for, and then create a fresh and healthy meal for the family. So, what’s the solution? There are plenty of recipe box services — likeHelloFresh— who deliver the exact ingredients you need to make the meals of your choice. With an app to control your subscription, giving you options to choose from the recipe book, skip a week of deliveries and adjust your meal plans whenever you want, it’s never been simpler to cook delicious and nutritious meals from scratch. Plus, it saves you going to 4 different supermarkets to find that one ingredient your online recipe claims you can’t make the dish without!

3. Repeat prescriptions delivered to your door

With more demanding schedules, many pharmacies — including Lloyds Pharmacy— now offer door-to-door services for your NHS repeat prescriptions, with some of these having no delivery cost. The process is simple to sign up to and the pharmacy will remind you when it’s time to re-order, making your to-do list that bit shorter!

4. Pet-sitting apps

We all get a little nervous leaving our pets alone for long periods of time while we try and shoehorn everything into our day, but lucky for you, you’re not the only one wanting to be around your fluffy friend. With the invention of apps like Borrow my Doggyand Cat in a Flat, it’s never been easier to make sure they have everything they need in your absence, provided by a registered and responsible pet-lover.

5. Beauty box subscriptions

Often struggle finding time to go shopping and treat yourself? With the ever-growing ability to get almost anything delivered to your door with the click of a button, we have just the thing for you. There are now a multitude of beauty box subscriptions which can introduce you to new products every month, so you can look less frantically-busy-mum, and more cool-calm-collected mum. Containing more than just cosmetic products, your skin, hair and body will all be taken care of as well. Check out Look Fantasticfor consistently great beauty boxes which will give you the TLC you deserve.

Getting through all of the daily tasks can prove impossible for many mums, so make use of these little time-savers to get you up to speed in no time — no sweat necessary.