(BPT) - Any mom will tell you there are never enough hours in the day to "do it all." Research indicates working moms spend 10 hours more a week multitasking than working dads - making useful, efficient tools Mom's secret weapon for getting more done.
"I multitask from the moment the sun comes up," says Brittany Bailey, busy mother, wife, DIY renovator and the blogger behind PrettyHandyGirl.com. "Shaving mere minutes off my day-to-day routine lets me cross more tasks off my to-do list and spend more time with my family."
Whether yours is a family of three or 13, try these multi-functional tools to keep up around the house:
Whether you're playing educational games with the kids, catching up on emails during nap time or creating a new chill-out music mix, multitasking moms can tackle all of this with a tablet or smartphone - without taking up a lot of floor space in the family room. Refreshing your device with new apps just for the kids can help keep things calm for the long family road trip or the short wait at the dentist's office, too.
Any mom knows keeping the kitchen tidy is a formidable task, with snacks, baking ingredients and trinkets that don't make it into the junk drawer. Consider recycling heavy-duty glass jars for extra storage without adding clutter to your countertop. Empty glass jars look chic on display, but also are hard at work when filled with sugar, cookies or even knick-knacks like keys or change. Because you can see into the jars, you'll always know what's inside.
Dad wants a powerful showerhead but Mom wants a hand shower to spray down messy tots, so who wins? Parents can end the debate with the Delta In2ition shower with H2Okinetic technology. This two-in-one shower system simultaneously offers the comfort of water streaming from a showerhead and a hand shower and uses an internal system to control the droplet size of the water to create the feeling of more water than a standard shower. The embedded hand shower offers the flexibility to accomplish other tasks such as bathing children, washing pets and cleaning the shower. When not in use, it easily slips back into place on the showerhead.
Utilizing two-in-one tools around the house can help busy moms stay ahead of the curve and reserve time for what really matters: quality time with family. If she's lucky, maybe she can even carve out some of that precious time just for her.