As a mom, I can totally relate to having more things to do than time in the day. I also completely understand the feeling obligated to do #allthethings. I was in this cycle. My husband works from home, but I still felt the pressure of his job. Despite the fact I owned my own business, I still felt like his job was still more important. Obviously, he was making more money than me at first, but I was falling victim to the matrydom of being the mom.
Have you been there?
Please tell me I wasn’t alone!
As I started automating my #momlife, I started thinking about ways that I could outsource my #momlife. There are jobs that I’m just not great at, and there are jobs that I just don’t want to do. Are you feelin’ me on the lawn care?
Admittedly, I am only willing to outsource things that my husband also isn’t willing to do. I’ll be honest about which ones I actually outsourced and the ones that I knew I had the option of outsourcing.
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1. Dry Cleaning/Laundry
Many people don’t think about this one, but I grew up with a mom who literally dry cleaned EVERYTHING. It just didn’t seem that important to me. I get why she does it, because it does cut down on shrinkage and it does help with keeping the color. It just didn’t seem that important to me/us. I didn’t want to deal with rushing across town in order to get the clothes that I needed all the time. I also wasn’t a fan of using a laundry service. Mostly, I’m allergic to laundry detergent so it becomes difficult to trust someone else to do it.
Our compromise on this was that we only do laundry once a week. That is once a week for us and once a week for the kids. This means that I generally do laundry 2 days of a week.
Neither my husband nor myself wanted to spend an entire day doing this, and that’s exactly what it would turn out to be for a good cleaning. This meant that we outsource this bi-weekly. We don’t have someone come in weekly, but we do have someone come in every other week. In between, we keep everything looking decent and the robot vacuum helps tremendously.
3. School Transportation
We still do this one, but we do have other people on the list for pick up and drop off. Several people we trust are really close to the school if an emergency were to happen. I highly recommend outsourcing this via carpool, grandparent, or trusted sitter.
4. Lawn Maintenance
Here, I will admit that I have NEVER EVER run a lawnmower. I literally wouldn’t know the first thing about running one. Before I get calls from all the people who think everyone should know how I’ll just say that I disagree. If I needed to know how to do it, I would totally learn how, but for now, I can totally hire someone else to provide this service easily and they’re better at it.
5. Outsource shopping
I use A LOT of online shopping, but I also use Stitch Fix. These are all great resources for people who either don’t have time or the desire to get out the house to go shop for their own clothes. I’d highly recommend actually buying yourself new clothes sometimes though. It is literally liberating.
Have you seen Task Rabbit? Back in the day, I worked through Task Rabbit for some odd jobs. I cleaned people’s houses, walked dogs, and ran random errands. It was literally an easy peasy way to make money. It just required a lot of running around town. My first job was for a mom who was clearly exhausted and overworked. I realized quickly that this was a much-needed service. Now, I’d love to be able to use it for so many small tasks. How about you?
Are you using a service that provides you all ready portioned meals? I’m talking Blue Apron, Plated, etc… I don’t, but I can absolutely envision why these are absolutely amazing. I like to cook, but if I couldn’t I’d totally get on board with this.
8. Grocery shopping
I was so excited when Instacart arrived in town. I still haven’t used it, but I’m absolutely in love with the idea of it. The idea of using it appeals to me, but I also just love going to the grocery store and looking at everything. My guess is that I will definitely use this in case of an emergency when everyone is too sick to be able to move forward.
Honestly, I am very much looking into this one. It is just incredibly difficult to deal with the finances of running a business and our personal lives. It’s just hard to deal with #allthethings. It’s also hard to finally hire this one out, because you have to think about exactly what that will look like and find someone who is best suited for your job.
10. House manager
Sure, it sounds ostentatious, but it can be really great. Have you ever wanted to clone yourself? You totally feel me, right? Well, then you have to stop and think about exactly what you can outsource and how to do that. I mean do you really have to be the only person to set doctors appointments? Do you need to coordinate when the house cleaners and lawn guy come? I mean for now maybe, but I want you to know that there are options out there for you.
There are things you have to think about such as: how much can you budget? What do you HATE doing? What do you want to do more of? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Over the past three years, I’ve made so many decisions when it comes to outsourcing tasks. I don’t always outsource to another person. I sometimes outsource to an app. I also am likely to delegate to my husband and/or children. So, I want you to know that if you feel like outsourcing or delegating…you are not alone.
Being a mom is difficult especially in a world where women are expected to be in charge of #allthethings. You do NOT have to relegate yourself to this cycle. We can take back our lives by delegating, outsourcing, and systemizing our lives.
What are you looking for help with this year?