When I left my full-time corporate career I thought I was going to have so much time to get things done. I was wrong. And it made me wonder how all the stuff I realized I wasn’t doing ever got done when I was working. Being a mom is hard and no one can do it all. So here are five things moms can outsource without guilt.
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Moms Can Outsource Laundry
I once had a conversation with a female co-worker who had 4 children under the age of 5 years old. She told me she washed three loads of laundry every day. If she didn’t, her family would never have clean clothes.
If you feel like my co-worker then it may be time for you to outsource your laundry duty. Clean clothes are not optional. I suggest one of the following choices: hire a laundry service or have your kids do it.
Just like you can take your clothes to a dry cleaner, there are services that will clean your washable clothing and linens as well. Some charge by the pound, other by the type of load, but if it’s time you outsource this task find a laundry service that fits your schedule and needs. Have as much done as your budget allows.
On the other hand, if your kids are old enough this may be a good time to teach them how to do their own laundry. They might not get it all right the first time, but it’s one less thing you’ll have to do.
Moms Can Outsource Cleaning
Harold’s Love Language is Acts of Service. He enjoys having a clean and tidy home and early in our marriage that was a point of strain. I have never been very domestic. I clean because it’s a necessity. But with a full-time job, kids’ schedules, and cooking, cleaning always fell to the bottom of the list.
So we hired a cleaning service. They come once monthly and do the deep cleaning. It gives me a headstart and makes maintenance and upkeep simple. Release the guilt and outsource help with the cleaning.
Moms Can Outsource Grocery Shopping
I love shopping – for clothes, shoes, purses, and furniture. What I don’t love to shop for is groceries. I’ve developed a few strategies that make shopping easier and more tolerable, however, it’s still not one of my favorite thing to do. But we’ve got to eat and if I want to stick to our $100 food budget, eating out isn’t an everyday option.
If shopping for groceries isn’t high on your list of things to do either, outsource with online shopping or grocery delivery services.
Moms Can Outsource Homework
I don’t remember a time as a child that my parents helped me with my homework. I don’t remember a time parenting The Boy when we didn’t help him with his homework. Interestingly enough, I have found that not helping with homework is a more effective approach.
And before you tell me how much help your kiddo needs and how you are completely capable of helping him with elementary math, allow me to share how and to whom moms can outsource homework.
First, you must become very knowledgeable of your child’s abilities. Learn how they are smart with multiple intelligences theory. Once you understand just how capable they are each subject, you can adjust your expectations of their performance, decide how much help they really need, and outsource their homework help.
In most instances, I believe moms can outsource homework to ***drum roll*** the kid who has to do it. Crazy right? If you know that your child is capable of the work, but he still asks for help, he may really just want to spend time with you.
But if you find that your child really needs help in a particular area, outsource that help to a tutor, a learning service like Kumon or Sylvan Learning Center, or her school’s service offering. In the end, she needs her mom to meet her emotional needs more than her academic ones. Focus on your relationship and outsource the help.
Moms Can Outsource Calendar and Inbox Management
Get more done in less time with less stress. That’s my dream for all busy moms like you and me. If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written about time management, you know where this is going. 🙂
Outsource the calendar management by sharing the load with Cozi Family Organizer. Schedule tasks for each member of your family and set reminders that go directly to their inbox so they don’t forget.
How many emails do you get in one day? Are you a zero inbox kinda girl? I’m not, and the day Google told me I had no space left in my email account I knew I had to do something. That’s when I discovered the most useful inbox management tool I have ever used.
Unroll.me is an inbox management system that rolls up all those subscriptions you forgot you signed up to receive and are now taking over your inbox, into one daily email. It also auto unsubscribes to any email lists you choose with the single click of a button. Super quick, super easy, super efficient.
What else are you going to outsource? Share your comments below and help us out!