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5 Things Busy Mums Should Outsource:

Because being a mum is not an easy task!
By Expert Tips
Date: March 08 2016
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Tasks that mums can outsource
Being a mum is no easy task – in fact, it’s one of the busiest and most demanding jobs out there. When you’re juggling a full time career with family commitments and other responsibilities, having some ‘me time’ is almost unheard of. Instead of exhausting all your hours and energy over time consuming household chores and life admin, why not outsource certain jobs so that it frees you up to do more of what you love? Think extra time with the kids, a romantic night out with your partner or brunch catch up with your girlfriends. Having quality downtime is important for stress management, your wellbeing and perhaps your sanity too.
Here’s are 5 things busy mums should outsource to make the most of your free time.
Intensive House Cleaning
Let’s face it – no one likes to spend their weekend cleaning the house. Outsourcing house cleaning chores on a weekly basis may be a luxury but it’s wise to hire a house cleaner for those intensive tasks you dread. Planning on doing a spring clean soon? Outsource the heavy duty jobs like cleaning of the oven and stove vents, removing spot marks from walls, dusting of window sills and skirting boards. Having an extra helping hand can make a world of difference.
Furniture Assembly
If the sight of a flat pack is enough to make you want to pull your hair out, spending your Saturday morning assembling furniture may not be the best idea. Instead of wasting your time and energy deciphering IKEA instruction manuals or arguing with your other half about where the screws need to be tightened, outsource the job and spend your time catching up on missed Netflix episodes instead. There are plenty of savvy individuals out there who can assemble IKEA furniture in no time. The benefits of outsourcing definitely outweigh the costs in this situation - think of how much time and stress you can save!
Home Repair Jobs
Always adding odd jobs that need to be done around the house to your never-ending to-do list? Whether it’s tiling work, fixing that bathroom door or repairing the lights, you can hire a handyman or tradesman to do the job for you and take the stress out of everything. List all the things that need to be done and aim to outsource it to someone who can fulfill the whole package. Ensure your posted task is as detailed as possible and include any specific skills, experience or equipment required for maximum efficiency.
Pet Chores
We all want to spend more time with our furry four-legged friends but on the rare occasion when you simply can’t give them the attention they need, seek out some help to ensure they’re taken care of. Whether it’s a visit to the vet, dog walking, pet grooming and washing or picking up heavy bags of bulk pet food, you can outsource the job. Similarly, if you’re heading interstate for work or off on holidays, instead of relying on your neighbours and family (who have busy commitments themselves), outsource it to someone who’s well equipped to take care of your pet while you’re away.
Party Planning
Planning a party requires a lot of prep work and logistics management, and can be a stressful experience when you’re under the pump. Outsource the job to ease your load, so you can actually enjoy the occasion for once. You can decide your own level of involvement too, whether you simply want help with the decorations and food, or if you’d rather someone take care of the entire event. The trick is to outsource the most tedious tasks and the ones that require a lot of back and forth correspondence or time e.g. calling different caterers for quotes or driving to various party suppliers.
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