It can be easy to think that because you are at home all day, that you should get all the same household tasks completed as a stay at home mom would. It is important to remember that you still have a job, even though it is a work at home job, and to prioritize your time.
What do I mean by prioritize your time?
Where is your time better spent? Cleaning dishes? Working on a new online job that earns you money? Or playing with your kids? I know that for me the second two options are not just better ways to spend my time from a parenting and income perspective, but far more enjoyable than cleaning the dishes. If you are able to afford it, I highly recommend getting some home based help. Don’t feel bad about it. You are just prioritizing your time more effectively.
What home based help is there?
Anything you want! I love our cleaner. A few hours a week is enough to have the house sparkling clean. In my dream world, I would also have someone come every evening for an hour or two for a general floor clean and dishes.
You can also have a cleaner do your washing, but we outsource this. It is so nice to get our washing back all nicely cleaned and folded with my husband’s shirts ironed. A family of five has a lot of washing, so this saves a lot of time.
Depending on how much work you are doing online, there is always the option of a nanny. Someone to watch the kids for the part of the day while you get work done can be invaluable. I know a mom who has an au pair to simply help with the kids when her workload is extra heavy and to help with general housework.
Another time saver can be someone to cook your family meals. If this is out of your price range, there are also meal services which will drop off healthy, home cooked meals that you just need to pop in the oven.
The idea of getting home based help can be a strange one initially, but if you are interesting in successfully working online while still parenting young children, sometimes home based help can be the best way to achieve both of these goals.
In addition to home based help, a virtual assistant can be a fabulous way to reclaim more time.by