Parents editors share how they save minutes (or even hours) during the week.
Some online grocers, like FreshDirect, can save shopping lists in their system. I have a list of staple items for our house saved in my account, which means I can order groceries for the week in less than five minutes. -- Laura Fenton, Lifestyle Director
When my kids were young, multi-piece toys, like Barbie dolls or Legos, had to stay in one specially designated play area in my children's room. This saved a lot of time on cleanup when the pieces weren't scattered all over the house. -- Alexa Barre, Copy Editor
Either my husband or I make our daughter's lunch for school the night before so there's no last-minute lunch-box packing during the morning rush. --Jenna Helwig, Food Editor
Every night, I have my kids empty their backpacks of all the papers inside. Finished homework and projects go into a basket for each kid (which I go through when it gets full), permission slips or assignments that need attention go in another, and any upcoming-event flyers get logged on the calendar immediately and get recycled along with any other trash. Keeping up on it every night prevents lost assignments and keeps backpacks clean and not back-breakingly heavy. --Chandra Turner, Executive Editor
I prefer to do a load of laundry a few nights during the week so I'm not slammed with hours of sorting, folding, and putting away clothes on the weekend. I find it's much more manageable in small amounts. And I'd rather spend time with the baby on the weekend! --Michaela Garibaldi, Managing Editor
On Sundays, I roast batches of vegetables and keep them in the fridge for the week. --Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor
At the early-bird hour of 7 a.m., my husband or I shop for the week's worth of groceries since empty aisles equals faster shopping. --Mindy Walker, Features Editor
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Parents magazine.