How to Make the Most Out of Errand-Running Time

How many times have you gone to the grocery store and bought everything except for what you really went there for? How about that list of errands and forgetting the videos to return or the dry cleaning for drop off? How do I know all of this? Because I have done it myself more times than I care to admit. We are only human you know, and suffer from “Mommy brain” as well. That is best excuse I can come up with and a rightful one at that.  It is frustrating especially when you have kids that errand time is down to the wire and the window is small. How can we make the most out of errand running time? What can be done so you can get the bang for the buck so to speak? Here are a few ideas that will help you even have time for coffee.

  1. Always, always make a list of where you need to go. Start with the furthest distance stop and work you way back to home base. Keep your “to do” lists in the same note book and that way you can go back and see what there wasn’t time for or things that need to be remembered for next time.
  2. Begin gathering when the thought of running errands enters your mind. If you start thinking the night before “I got to get out the door early to get all this done before the morning nap or lunch.” Start grabbing those library books, videos, and dry cleaning as you think of them. Even snacks for the car. Don’t wait until later because you never know when “Mommy brain” is going to sneak up on you.
  3. Create an errand running drop zone by the door you leave out of.  A basket or open container is great to stick in your front seat so you can visually see all that needs to be done. If it doesn’t get accomplished that time, leave it in the bin for your next run.

That’s it! It’s as simple as 1 2 3. Errand running can be daunting, but with a few tasks ahead of time it can go smoothly until Jr throws up or Katie gets gum stuck in her hair. It happens to the best of us, we keep moving forward because that’s what Moms do.

Expert Mommy, Julie Verleger

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