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How I Cheat At Being a Working Mom
Being a working mom is tough. Your day starts at the crack of dawn and ends long after the kids have gone to bed. Not only do you have to make sure your kids are cared for, homework gets done, the house gets cleaned, everyone gets fed and all of that, you have to show up to your job and be the best employee you can be.
I’m exhausted even thinking about it and I do it every day.
Then there’s the guilt. You feel like you’re never enough. You’re never a good enough mom. Never a good enough housekeeper. Not good enough at your job. Forget about being a good enough wife/partner.
For six years I have been trying to find the balance between home and work, and here are a few “cheats” I’ve done to get myself there. I’ll be honest, most of them involve spending money. But I figure, if I’m trading my family time for work time, I can invest some of that back into having more time for my family.
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1. House Cleaning
I pay for house cleaners. I’m not a great housekeeper to begin with (although, I’m working on it), but I just don’t have time for the deep cleaning that my house seems to need on a regular basis. For less than $200/month, very nice ladies come and clean my house for me, freeing me up to spend more time with my kids on the weekends.
2. Meal Plan Delivery
For awhile, I was in a food rut. I know how to cook, and I like to cook, but I never got around to meal planning and shopping. I ended up making the same meals over and over again and ordering pizza and fast food more than I care to admit. Now, we use Home Chef. Home Chef doesn’t do the cooking for you, but it does send you fresh ingredients for meals that are delicious and easy to cook in 30-40 minutes. We have tried almost every ingredient and recipe subscription service out there and, for us, Home Chef wins. The meals are always tasty and I cannot buy the ingredients for the amount I am paying. I usually get 3-5 meals Want to try it? Want $30 off? Click here. This is my referral code; if you order through my link, you get $30 off and so do I. Win win! I’m serious guys, this was life changing!
3. Recruit My Kids
Now that two of my kids are old enough to clean up a bit, they are required to do so. Toys on the floor? Pick them up if you ever want to see them again. Finished your lunch? Put that dish in the dishwasher. My husband even pays them a dollar a week to pick up the dog poop in the backyard – which they fight over. Yeah, I’m hanging on to that one for their teenage years. “You used to beg us to pick up dog poop.”
4. I Became a Minimalist
There’s a lot less to clean and worry about if you don’t have that much to begin with. I also adopted the Capsule Wardrobe concept. Getting ready in the morning takes much less time when everything coordinates and works together. Also life changing! If you’re intrigued with the idea of a capsule wardrobe, I recommend Project 333 (<<<Not an affiliate link, I just like her structure) as a great jumping off point Now, if I could just convince everyone else in my house that we are now minimalists.
5. I Cut Back on Shopping With Amazon Prime
We use Amazon Family and subscribe and save for just about every household consumable you can imagine including as much food as possible. It’s so much more than diapers and wipes (though, if you’re in the market, I haven’t found a better deal short of extreme couponing)! And hey! Here are some deals for that too.