31 Instagram-Inspired Mom Hacks That Will Save You Time

Genius ideas that are so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself!


When you’re a parent, a mom hack isn’t just the easy way out—it’s also the only way to get it all done—especially in the busy back-to-school season. We scoured Instagram and rounded up some of the best “mom hacks” that other moms swear by . . . and you can start using right away.


1. Put together your own “I’m bored” pack.

Pick up an extra one of these from the back-to-school supplies area, and you’ll always have entertainment ready to go.


2. Turn veggies into easy snack options.

It’s such a simple thing, but yes, it does make kids more likely to eat their fruits and veggies! Here’s one of our favorite food prep containers … a 10-piece set for only $17.

🥕BLW prep…makes life so much easier not having to cut and peel on the day!🥕

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3. Add LEGOs to the soap dispenser.

It looks cute, leaves little ones in awe, and entices them to always wash their hands and leave the bathroom clean and germ-free!


4. Use nail polish for labeling.

Who needs a marker when nail polish will do just fine? It’s also so … much … fun!


5. Prep and serve.

This mom used cutting boards as plates/placemats when her dishwasher was in the middle of a cycle. But we love the idea for ALL the time. You can cut up their lunch and then just serve it to them right away. Plus they’re so inexpensive. Get a pack of six for around $10.


6. Put together a quick safety kit.

A snack bag and lunch box doubles as a quick safety kit for this wise mom.


7. Save time and shop online.

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8. Make your own dry shampoo.

You don’t need to wash your kids’ hair every single day. And for the in-between days, try this hack!


9. Make easy popsicles.

Dump those fruit squeezes your kids love so much into a mold and voila! Try this mold, which makes nine popsicles at once!


10. Add oils to your dryer routine.

Essential oils + dryer balls = genius idea and wonderful smells.


11. Sharpen your crayons.

If you like your crayons sharp like your pencils, then try this hack. It’s a pencil sharpener attached to a plastic storage container. So simple and so smart!


12. Organize your life.

This mom conquers organization in so many ways. It’s amazing how a little bit of organization can keep us sane and happy.


13. Convince your kids that bananas are cookies.

You want a cookie? How about banana cookies!!! (If you say it with enough enthusiasm, your toddler just might believe you.)


14. Take the guesswork out of breakfast.

We love easy meal prep. These cupcake breakfast quiches make it easy to grab food on the go.

I'm gonna try & use the stories feature here on IG more often. Inspired by my girl @styleapproximately and her use of stories… lol. So check that out if you were curious. But anyways, meal prepping saves my life DAILY. Especially with a newborn because I don't have time to cook a full on meal three times a day. So this week I made my menu with recipes from the #FitgirlsCookbook . These #CupcakeQuiche with potatoes were hella easy to make and good! So easy to customize to your liking. Then all you gotta do is warm em up in the morning. Easy to make for a family too! Also made the #stupideasymacandcheese but prepped 2 ways. Husband takes his to work so I put the ingredients together (sour cream on the side) so he can easily take it on the go to microwave it fresh at work. For me, I'll be home so I just threw the cauliflower & pasta in separate tupperwares to assemble my portion here at home. Another recipe that is good for the fam. #KitchenHacks #ChefCarmen #Mama #WifeLife #FitFam #mealPrep #MomLife #MomHack #Breakfast #Lunch #MacAndCheese #HiddenVeggies #Eggs #EasyMeals #Easy #HealthyMeals

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15. Count and play.

Visual learning is always a good idea. Plus this builds good fine motor skills for those little hands!


16. Turn lunch into art and fun.

Lunch should always be this fun. Thanks for the meal idea! [Mental note to add hot dogs my grocery list. Use your $10 off $50 coupon at Wal-Mart here.]


17. Make ice pack balloons.

The next picnic, I’m definitely doing this. Frozen water balloons as ice is a mom hack I can totally get behind.


18. Take great pictures with speech bubbles.

These awesome speech-bubble signs are so easy to make. I see a Christmas card in the making right here.

This week on the blog, I'm talking about my favorite Back To School Mom Hacks–including my absolute favorite-Speech Bubble First Day of School Signs. They're fun, functional, super easy to make, and won't cover your kids adorable outfits. Check out my blog for your own free printable. What's your favorite Back To School Mom Hack? Leave me a comment below. #Technotini . . . #backtoschool #momhacks #family #familyfun #familyfirst #familylove #kidsofinstagram #momswithcameras #candidchildhood #momblog #pixel_kids #clickinmoms #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #momtogs #mom_hub #cameramama #childofig #uniteinmotherhood #our_everyday_moments #suttonsisters #georgiablogger #adventureawaits #siblinghoodlove #happygirlsaretheprettiest #abmhappylife #thisisfive #thisis5 #thisisseven

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19. Keep your floors clean longer.

These will make this chore a lot more fun. Plus, your results will last longer. Buy a pair of mop slippers here.


20. Create a new place for art at home.

This is a teacher hack, but it would be a wonderful set-up for home, too. All you need is a board, and then you can display all their prized work year-round.


21. Cut up bananas in seconds.

Remember the banana cookies from earlier? Now you have a way to quickly slice them! Use this egg slicer to make it easy.


22. Maximize your ice cube tray.

Chocolate as ice cubes? Don’t mind if I do. One of these would also be perfect in cooling down hot chocolate. You can get a three pack of trays for less than $3.


23. Save yourself from extra dishes.

Want to stop your kids from always getting a new cup? Try this idea by adding magnets!


24. Turn jars into organizers.

This is a great idea to reuse old jars. This hack could also work for organizing art areas.


25. Use ribbon for easy ID.

Sometimes the simplest solutions can be the most wonderful answers to a common problem. This mom used ribbon to help identify her child’s jacket.


26. Give multiple options for pizza night.

This photo proves that dads can have pretty amazing hacks, too. This guy made different pizzas for his family by creating strips because everyone likes it a different way! Try this AirBake pan for $10.


27. Make your walls safe for masterpieces.

There’s something about the walls that just inspire kids to bust out their crayons and channel their inner Picasso. Stick a piece of foam board to your walls or the backside of wrapping paper and let their creativity flow!


28. Use essential oils for cleaning.

Lemon essential oil can get rid of stickiness quickly. Just add a few drops to the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes and buh-bye annoying sticker remains. Bonus: this also works on furniture.


29. Organize the weekly wardrobe.

On Sunday nights, pick out the outfits for the week and roll them up into a handy closet organizer like the one below. Bonus: choose two options for each day if you live in an area with unpredictable weather!


30. Make an instant easel.

When the boxes start piling up from deliveries, don’t feel the pressure to toss them. Instead stick your child inside, hand them some crayons and let them enjoy their very own artist’s space!


31. Use a shoe organizer in the bathroom.

You’ll always be organized and know where to find just what you need even when bath time becomes a messy, tantrum fueled showdown!

Organizational hack for the back of your toddler's bathroom door. #chroniclesofmommy #momhacks

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Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

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Lauren West-Rosenthal is a senior editor at WeAreTeachers. In the fourth grade, she started writing "bonus chapters" to her favorite books. Her teacher was impressed -- and encouraging -- and a vast writing career was born!

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