I have the lovely Bec as my guest blogger today. Bec is a Melbourne blogger and Mum to two hilarious, inquisitive and non-stop little boys. She has a husband with his head in the clouds (he’s a pilot), a part-time career and a budding addiction to loom bands. You can find her blogging about her life, her boys and the history of parenting at Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting. Today she’s sharing her thoughts on something I’m sure we all dream about!
Outsourcing Chores – A Mums Dream!
I returned to paid work when my second son was 11 months old. I made a deal with my husband that when I increased my hours to 3 days a week or more we’d hire a cleaner to help out with the housework.
I’m now working a 7 day fortnight and every second Friday I get to come home to a clean house.
The whole house. Beautifully clean. All at once, not just one room or a bench space, but everything.
Of course it only lasts for about 15 minutes before the boys empty daycare sand from their shoes onto the carpet. Then it’s dinner time and sauce hits the floor, the table is peppered with rice and the dirty dishes start to pile up again.
But those first few minutes after I walk in the door… I think I may be just a little bit in love with Julie (that’s the name of the wonderful woman who cleans our house).
What takes her two hours without interruption would take me about 4 hours with a 2 year old constantly switching the vacuum cleaner on and off at the powerpoint and a 4 year old who just wants to ‘help’. Help with the hot, dangerous steam mop. Help with the potentially toxic bathroom cleaner. Help with the dusting (which involves knocking most of the photo frames off the piano).
Having some of the cleaning done also means I can spend some time doing fun family things on the weekend instead of madly running around trying to get the house in order.
It’s got me to thinking, though, there are some other rather boring (but rather essential) tasks that I would quite happily outsource if I could.
Outsourcing chores – My top 5
I know I should do it. I know some people enjoy it. I’m not one of them. I’d rather be watching Game of Thrones.
2. Cooking healthy meals
I’m totally happy to keep baking the cakes and the pancakes. Even the occasional zucchini slice. But the daily grind of hiding carrots in spaghetti and extolling the virtues of beans and corn? Only to have the kids turn their nose up at it? Yup, you can keep that thanks.
3. Brushing my teeth
It takes 5 minutes. But It takes 5 minutes twice a day while battling a very enthusiastic and independent 2 year old who joins me to clean his teeth too. Which basically consists of eating the toothpaste, sucking water off his toothbrush and joyfully trying to choke himself with the dental floss.
4. Washing my hair
I love a good, long hot shower. I’m not a happy water saver. But having to wash my long, uncooperative hair every other day kind of spoils the fun. It makes it feel like work.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling of being rested. I love hopping into my pjs and sliding under the sheets at the end of a long day when all is quiet and the kids are sleeping.
But what a waste of 6-8 hours!
Imagine if you could get someone else to do the sleeping for you. You’d have a whole 6-8 hours uninterrupted by kids, work, telemarketers. Think how many seasons of Game of Thrones I could have watched by now (I’m up to season 2, episode 8 by the way: slowly catching up).
What boring daily task would you outsource if you could?
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