Top 10 tips to organize your household routine

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Accept all kinds of help

Don’t get into a trap, that since you are a primary caregiver you need to do everything alone. Let your partner and other family members share as many household and childcare responsibilities as possible and (important!) let them do it their way, even if they do not do it as perfectly as you would wish.

Choose your childcare solution carefully

When choosing childcare solution:

    • choose the one that you can trust
    • do not pick a nanny or kindergarten that is far away from your home – it is very likely to create additional issues
    • if you can’t afford a nanny on a full-time basis, you can find a service to hire a trusted nanny on a per hour basis
    • if you pick a daycare, consider hiring a nanny for 50% time – if your kids are sick you will have a back-up and if children are healthy you could hire her for household duties.

Outsource household duties

If you can afford it and this is something you want to consider, outsource some of your household duties such as: cooking, shopping, laundry, cleaning. This way you will have more quality time with your kids and for your personal needs.

If you don’t want to outsource, you may try to:

      • automate some housework for example with iRobot – a vacuum robot, Thermomix – multi cooker etc.
      • find a way to share some housework – have a discussion with your partner how you are going to share responsibilities around the house and engage your kids from early age – even a 2 year old can already help you load the washing machine or empty the dishwasher. And they have a lot of fun by doing that!

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Hire a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant can help you deal with household related issues like repairs, late payment, extending cellphone contracts, searching for presents etc.

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Automate your bills

You will save time and won’t need to remember about them each month – organize direct debits or set the rules in your bank account to achieve this.

Ask for help

Exchange favours with others – your neighbours, other parents that you are friends with, your family.

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Have a to-do-list, also personal

Whenever you have some time on your hands unexpectedly, you may do a task that is on your list.

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Make your mornings more productive

    • Prepare everything the day before to avoid rush in the morning
    • Wake up 30 mins before your kids, so you can get ready first