Being a mum while still being efficient in the home/work front is one of the hardest things to do. That takes real multi-taskery (that’s probably not a real word). TV programmes make it look soooo easy I often have to smile to myself. The well put together wife with four kids, the workaholic who has the time to cook, clean, decorate, help with homework, do the laundry, organise the household etc. Now I’m not saying this list isn’t possible, but the reality is it will leave mum feeling constantly drained.
I urge mums to seriously consider outsourcing some jobs.
Here’s 5 things you could probably outsource now;
Sometimes nothing beats coming to a clean home after a long, stressful day at work. Before I had my own children, I used to look quizzically at people who hired cleaners. Now I totally get it! I’m sorry I doubted people who had cleaners- especially parents!
Cleaning my house is hard going. I say that with a slight hint of guilt as there are bigger problems in the world. But I actually hate cleaning. What would take a professional cleaner 2 hours would probably take me 6 hours (pretty much a whole working day). That just does not make sense.
It makes far more sense to spend time doing what I’m good at and out-sourcing things I’m not so good at or don’t enjoy doing. I would rather skimp in other areas than not have my cleaner come and clean my home!
Lots of cleaning companies offer weekly, fortnightly or one-off cleans. See what works with your routine.
Before having my kids, doing the laundry was an easy thing to do. However, with kids- it’s a different ball game. The laundry basket just doesn’t seem to be empty for more than 5 minutes.
I was initially surprised to find out that you can hire a laundry service to take care of your laundry. Be sure to search for a laundry service that fits your budget and schedule.
If you’ve ever tried to go grocery shopping with your kids, then you can relate to the chaos that comes with it. What used to be something that took a maximum of an hour one evening after work, could easily be 2/3 hours with children. Or maybe that’s just me?!
Aside from your kids playing and sometimes screaming, it’s a stressful activity that I have now decided not to be a part of. I now use the supermarket’s delivery service. Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Ocado all do online deliveries. You’ll likely need to pay a few pounds for the delivery charge- but I think it’s totally worth it.
This saves me so much time and so much energy!
A perfectly mowed lawn (or in my case a lawn that is no longer a meadow) is not only pleasing to the eye, it encourages the kids to play outside.
The question I ask myself is “Do you have the time to do it?” In all the times I’ve asked myself this question, I said yes only a handful of times- and they were all before the children.
Thankfully, there are gardeners who can deal with my garden. Unfortunately for me, I can’t afford a weekly gardener. I just ask him to come around when my grass length is no longer acceptable or when my hedges are at the embarrassing stage.
Outsourcing caring for your child is undoubtedly one of the biggest reliefs for a lot of mums. The guilt can be quite heavy; one may feel like you’re a bad parent, but I can assure you, children get so much out of professional childcare settings.
Caring for children 24 hours of the day is draining and a tall order for anybody. So it is absolutely okay if you need to register your kids into nursery or afterschool club or have a childminder do school drop offs/pick ups, or if you need a babysitter some evenings.
Please do the necessary research to ensure the kiddos will be in safe and capable hands.
We need to make sure us mums are ok in order to care for children. Give up the guilt and outsource what you need to. No judgement at all.