5 CHORES BUSY MUMS SHOULD OUTSOURCE FOR MORE FREE TIME
By Katie Hume from Airtasker
Being a mum is one of the most demanding jobs out there. When you’re juggling family life with work commitments and other responsibilities, downtime is almost unheard of.
If your to-do lists are starting to take over your life and you can’t remember the last time you had a weekend off to relax, it’s time to seek out a helping hand. Outsourcing chores doesn’t make you lazy – rather, it helps you to work smart so that you can do more of what you love.
Here are 5 chores busy mums should outsource for more free time.
HEAVY DUTY CLEANING JOBS
It might not be feasible to outsource ALL your cleaning, but you should definitely consider delegating the heavy duty jobs. For your next spring clean, hire someone to take care of the tedious and time-consuming chores like deep cleaning the oven, BBQ and stove vents, washing curtains and cleaning window screens. The benefits of outsourcing far outweigh the costs when you consider the amount of time and energy saved.
We all want to give thoughtful and personalised presents but sometimes life can take over and we simply don’t have the time. Instead of spending your weekends frantically running from store to store to purchase gifts for upcoming birthdays and events, why not outsource the job? At the beginning of the month, review your calendar and note down all the gifts you need to prepare for and allocate a budget accordingly. You can then hire someone to do the shopping, gift wrapping and write a personalised card too.
Ever spent an entire Sunday dealing with boring life admin tasks? Things like paying bills, making appointments, collecting dry cleaning and filing receipts don’t seem like much but they can pile up and before you know it, you’ve exhausted your entire weekend. Make your life easier by delegating these admin tasks to a ‘personal assistant’ for the day, so that you can focus on what’s important – like spending quality time with your family.
Most households have an ongoing list of home projects or home repair jobs to tackle – whether it’s to build an outdoor deck, install fly screens, paint a new room or mount TVs. If you don’t have the handyman skills required to do the job effectively and efficiently, it may be worthwhile outsourcing it to an expert handyman instead. Always ask for certifications, references and reviews to ensure you’re hiring the best person for the job.
Keeping a garden well maintained is no easy job, especially when you don’t have a ‘green thumb’. From general maintenance tasks like watering plants and mowing the lawn, to specialist gardening labour like pruning and mulching, the checklist of things to do can add up quite quickly. If you’d rather spend your free time enjoying the garden than working in it, outsource the job instead.
ABOUT KATIE HUME
Katie Hume is the Marketing Communications Manager at Airtasker, a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes - online or via mobile.