If you’re heading back to work after taking time off to have your baby, you may be wondering how you’re going to juggle it all: going to work, looking after the children and managing the household. Below we share three tips that may just make your day-to-day life a little bit easier.

1. Prepare and cook meals in batches

Cooking when you get home from work after a stressful day can be tiring, especially if you have the children to sort out and feed as well. A good idea to make the evening routine even easier, is to have your meals ready so that you can simply heat them up. On a Sunday, or a day in the week when you’re free, prepare warm, healthy meals on the stove before placing them in microwavable containers. You can then store them in either the fridge or freezer depending on how long you’ll need to keep them for. Meals such as spaghetti bolognese, curry and casseroles are great for this. You can easily boil some rice or pasta to go with.

2. Clean up and vaccum in the morning or evening

Try cleaning up and vaccuming on a weekday, this way when the weekend rolls around you don’t dread having to do all the household chores. You may be up early with the kids on a weekday anyway, so this is the perfect time to get these easy jobs done. You’ll also find that completing simple household tasks (like unloading the dishwasher or doing the laundry) motivates you for the rest of the day. If you’re not an early riser, or you have young children at home who do not get up for daycare or school, simply vaccum around or have a quick tidy up while you’re reheating your meals in the microwave every evening.

3. Organise everything the night before

If you’ve still got a baby or toddler, always prepare their bag for daycare the night before. This way you don’t have to rush around in the morning trying to find nappies, blankets and spare clothes while trying to get everybody out of the house on time. Remember to leave the bag near the door so you don’t forget to pick it up on your way out. In the same way, put out clothes the night before so there is no thinking or arguing in the morning. This is especially easy when it comes to school uniforms etc. Similarly, it can be handy to run any errands on your lunch hour – although remember to never skip lunch, nutrition is important for busy mums!

Being organised is key to less stress. Going back to work is hard and emotional enough. Hopefully these tips help ease the transition!