Busy mums: how to free up an extra 10 hours a week

If there's one thing that I could have more of, it would be time.

Juggling family responsibilities with the upcoming launch of my home business and other commitments means life can get chaotic quite quickly and ‘me time’ is essentially unheard of. I'm a strong believer that having too much on my plate can do more harm than good for my health and well-being. Recently, I discovered that the secret to achieving some balance back in my life is outsourcing.

Getting some help is about prioritising what need to be done, so that I can spend my time doing what I love. A great way to start is to think about what can be delegated to others, such as cleaning or life admin. These can take up quite a chunk of my weekend, which could be better spent with friends and family. If you're a busy bee like me, you can rejoice – here are 10 hours’ worth of household tasks to consider outsourcing next time you’re pressed on time.

Garden Maintenance - A beautiful garden sets the scene for a serene home life, but keeping on top of those pesky weeds and overhanging branches can take longer than you think. If you’d rather spend your Sunday’s enjoying your garden (instead of working in it), outsource the time-consuming upkeep tasks like lawn mowing, hedge trimming and weeding. Be specific with your requests too, so if you’re growing your own veggies, make planting and mulching a priority. Average time saved – 2 hours.
Outsourcing gardening jobs means I simply get to enjoy the garden and my homegrown vegetables
Pet Care - Outsourcing some extra love for your furry friends doesn’t mean you care any less, it shows you care even more! Give your family’s best friend the attention they deserve by arranging for a dog walker or dog groomer if your schedule is jam packed. You get the extra time you need and they get pampered, win-win! You can also arrange for someone to pick up bulk pet food or even routine visits to the vet - no animal and no task is too small for a little extra affection. Average time saved – 1 hour
Heavy Duty Cleaning - Let’s face it – no one actually enjoys cleaning. Appliances like the fridge, oven or microwave and areas like the bathroom can build up considerable grime and need regular deep cleans for hygiene and safety. Schedule in a weekly cleaning schedule for different appliances, and seek out a helping hand for the heavy duty tasks, so that you’re not stuck in the kitchen for hours to no end. Average time saved – 2 hours
Home Repairs - Fixing something with your own two hands is working hard, but outsourcing home repairs to trusted professionals is working smart. A busy home will need repairs from time to time so instead of waiting around all day for a repairman to arrive, use a skilled member of your community instead. Tasks as small as TV mounting and light bulb changing, or as large as fixing a broken washing machine can be arranged and completed easily, without being a time-suck to your schedule. So the next time a wayward soccer ball cracks a window you’ll know exactly where to turn. Average time saved – 2-3 hours

Spring Cleaning - Don’t wait for spring to get your household cleaning underway. Staying on top of the little things is a time saver now and a cost saver later. Outsource the time-consuming and tedious tasks like washing the curtains and scrubbing off mould. Average time saved – 2 hours
Tech Support - Having a piece of technology die on you at home can be a huge drain on time as you chase up experts to help bring it back to life. Avoid the stress of a broken laptop, a poorly working router and Wi-Fi problems by outsourcing your tech needs. This means no long waits on the end of a phone for help and more time doing what you love. Consider getting help to bring your memories to life with digital scanning too. Converting piles of family photos can be a huge task, so let someone else do it! Average time saved – 1-2 hours

Life Admin - You know all those pesky, menial tasks that eventually build up into a crazy to-do list? There’s a name for it – life admin. Whether it’s collecting your dry cleaning, paying bills or organising appointments, these jobs can pile up. Delegate your life admin to a ‘personal assistant’ for the day and let them tackle it for you once and for all – you’ll be surprised by how much time you can save. Average time saved – 1-2 hours

Being a mum is a full time job in itself, I find that using these outsourcing ideas gives me the flexibility to enjoy a weekend with Stu and Alexander or catch up with friends. If you’re ready to start delegating like I have, look into online marketplace platforms and apps like Airtasker, which allows you to outsource with the click of a button.

8 Responses to Busy mums: how to free up an extra 10 hours a week

kidgranny said...

Great advice! I really think outsourcing for heavy duty cleaning is the best bang for your buck!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

A number of my mommy friends do outsource certain tasks and they all say it's an absolute lifesaver.

Anouk said...

Sometimes I wish I had a personal assistant who would take care of the dry cleaning, bill paying, etc, as these tasks can be very time consuming indeed!

Rose World said...

Great advice and tip. I need more help in cleaning. Haha.

sonia de macedo said...

A friend of mine was actually listing and talking about this the other day. She's been trying to outsource the cleaning component hehehe but alas hasn't had much luck. Life can get pretty full on, especially with children. Getting help is something to admire for sure.


Pamela RG said...

These are wonderful tips. It's really great to ask for help. Extra time for yourself is precious.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Outsourcing is such a good idea! Life is so busy, and it's nice to pass on some tasks to others.

Arni said...

Great post and I recently read about time being the most important and valuable of all and I strongly agree. Life admin is definitely something I realised we need. In our part of the world we lose a lot of time queueing for administrative tasks which include travel time (crazy traffic) to get there too and there are no alternative shortcuts. The best way is hiring a rep to get these in order.