If you’re starting to feel really overwhelmed with work, running the kids around and keeping up with the washing – perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a few things you can outsource to make your life simpler and smarter.
With more parents working longer and longer hours in the office, and kids spending their afternoons and weekends at sports, it can really be hard to find time to do those jobs around the house.
But the good news is, there is a stack of things you can outsource in your own home. You don’t have to outsource them all – pick which ones you really despise doing and outsource those first. You don’t even have to outsource them forever – some things can be a one off if you find yourself in need of a helping hand to get you through a rough patch.
Here are 10 things you could outsource right now to make your life simpler and smarter.
Order Your Groceries Online
You’ll be surprised how much time you can save by ordering your shopping online and having someone else deliver it. You can order your shopping while you commute to work, on your lunch break – or even when you are watching TV.
While the first time you order groceries online might take a little while, the second time is so much easier as you can easily re order certain items which you’ve ordered in the past.
Plus the beauty of ordering online is you’ll have someone deliver all your groceries to your kitchen. You don’t even have to have to bring all the bags in from the car.
Also shopping online doesn’t even cost that much extra – just a bit for the delivery.
If you’re like me and hate cleaning, house cleaning is probably one of the best things you can outsource. You can either have someone come in regularly to clean yourself or just get someone to come and do a deep clean to help you get on top of everything.
Gardening and Mowing
Has it been ages since you’ve weeded the garden? Are your gardens overgrown? Why not get someone in to help you get on top of your gardening! Or better yet get someone in to mow your lawn regularly.
During the warmer months, you might need someone in every few weeks, but once winter comes, you can probably get away with someone mowing the lawn once a month.
If you’re finding you just never have time to walk your dog, you can even get people to help you with this! Whether it’s every day or you just need help a few times a week, a professional dog walker will come and happily walk your dog for you.
You may even know a responsible teenager in the area who would be thrilled to come and walk your dog for you for a little bit of extra cash.
This is another task I just never seem to have the time for! Plus there are so many options these days for getting your car clean. Someone will come to your house, you can go through a drive through car wash or even have someone wash your car while you’re at the shopping centre.
Prepped Healthy Meals
Finding you’re running out of time to prepare healthy meals for the family by the end of the day? Well how about buying some pre prepped healthy meals?
There are so many great options on the market today. Some places will send you all the ingredients cut up and all you need to do is throw it all together. If that still sounds like too much hard work, you can buy healthy meals already cooked and all you have to do is heat it up.
Laundry and Ironing
Is your laundry pile looking like Mt Everest? How about your ironing pile? If you answered yes to either question then perhaps it’s time to outsource your laundry and ironing. Some places will come and pick it up from you and then return it. All you need to do is put it away! Just like magic – the laundry is done.
If you never seem to get around to those little house repairs, then stop thinking about it and just get someone to do them for you. Often they’ll do a better and quicker job than you anyway, so it’s money well spent.
Nanny / Child Minding
If you’re a family with younger children, then perhaps having someone in to watch them for an hour or two each day while you get some jobs done might be worth considering. Are there any responsible teenagers in the area that can come around and play with your kids while you’re around?
Even having a nanny that can take your kids to school and pick them up each day might be a good idea.
Is your pool always turning green due to lack of maintenance? If you said yes – then stop worrying about this job and get someone in to regularly clean and maintain your pool for you. Professional pool cleaners will come and do everything that is required for you to have a crystal clear pool, ready for swimming year round.
And there you have it – 10 jobs around the house you can outsource right now to make your life easier. What will you outsource?
Read my tips on juggling kids and working from home here and more posts about living life here.