Whether you work or you stay home, it’s hard to stay on top of it all.
Make Chores Someone Else’s Problem
Laundry, food, homework check, bills, and errands often consume our days once the paid work has been done.While they are a part of life, they don’t have to be something that you spend your time and energy on. There are a number of ways to outsource your chores so that you have more time to enjoy the things that you want to do when your obligations are done for the day.
1. Have Groceries and Alcohol Delivered
There are a number of apps, websites and services that allow you to get groceries delivered to your doorstep, or at least with minimal work on your part.
- Shipt is a great app that makes grocery delivery from Publix, and alcohol delivery from ABC, as easy as opening an app and choosing what you want and when you want it. There is a subscription fee for this service, and groceries are slightly marked up for the convenience.
- Many Wal-Mart Stores now offer Curbside Grocery Pick-up. (Check to see if it’s available near you!) This allows you to complete your order online and select a time to pull up and have your groceries loaded.
- Amazon is my personal favorite place to buy groceries (and the best place to get ideas to outsource your chores!). I can buy in bulk without the hassle of loading the kids up and driving 20 miles round-trip to the nearest bulk store.
2. Schedule Package Pick-Ups Online
You may not send out many packages, but when you do have something to return or a gift to send across the country, it can be a huge pain in the ass to take the kids to the post office. Package pick-ups can be schedule, absolutely free, online.
There’s no reason to ever go again (unless you need packing supplies quickly, otherwise these can also be ordered online for free!).
3. Get a Robot Vacuum
I don’t have one, but I bet they’re nice.
4. Use Thumbtack.com
If you have a big project to be completed, it can be time consuming to track down individual contractors.
Whether you are looking for a new roof, someone to clean your house weekly, or need a one off job, Thumbtack is an awesome way to outsource your chores. You can easily create a listing for the service you’re in need of.
All you have to do next is sit back and wait for a flood of emails to come in from people who would love to take your money and help you out.
5. Use a Meal Delivery Service
There are so many ways to save time when it comes to preparing food. Subscription services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron bring the food to your door AND tell you how to cook it. If you don’t even want to deal with that much cooking, you can give a service like Freshly or Magic Kitchen a try.
These services are always more expensive than doing it all yourself, but I like to think in terms of cost savings when it comes to my time not spent in the grocery store immediately after school with a kid who has to poop.
6. Kids Clothing Subscription
I loathe shopping for kids clothes. I multi-task by incorporating this chore into my thrift shopping. I pick up things here and there, each time I go, and never have to spend actual time shopping.
Most of you probably don’t spend as much time in thrift stores as me, however.
Fortunately for you, there are other time-saving options when it comes to kids clothes. FabKids is one of the longest running kids subscription boxes and provides a service where you choose, in only minutes, what you want each month for a fixed price.
If that’s too much work, KidPik sends a monthly box in your daughter’s (sorry, girls only) size (4-14) and you only keep what you want. This service is a lot like Stitch Fix for kids.
7. Hire a Teenager
Tweens and teens love money.
They can’t wait to get their hands on it and buy all the stupid shit their parents won’t. Subcontract some of your loathed household chores out to teens. They are often happy to accept whatever (fair) wage you offer them and are eager to please.
Lawn care, babysitting while you nap, laundry help, there’s tons you can enlist them to do for much less than the cost of a grown up housekeeper.
If I knew a teenager who had their own vehicle and didn’t annoy me, I would hire them to play with the kids while I
ignore them work.
8. Use a Family Calendar App
I use more brain power every day trying to remember what we are supposed to be doing than I do actually working and being productive.
It’s easy to say, “I’ll remember that!” only to completely forget the next day in your bottle of Freixenet induced headache bullshit haze.
Cozi is a great one and you can allow multiple family members to sync up. Each gets their own color and you can select whether the event is for one or all. I love this one for myself, and I’m sure it would be even better if my husband would actually download it and use it.
Good ol’ Google calendars are also great and allow you to sync multiple calendars using your email address (work calendar, kids, school, etc.)
9. Give Your Kids Chores (They’re Old Enough)
It doesn’t matter how old they are, they’re old enough to help out.
My eleven year old unloads the dishwasher every morning, takes the garbage and recycling out, and helps get his sisters ready in the morning each day.
The two year old happily helps me pick up laundry and toys while singing the clean up song.
The five year old is kind of a jerk and screams anytime anyone asks her to do anything. I just try to remind myself that my other kids aren’t jerks so it must just be who she is. She will help put away silverware, but honestly the rest of it comes with a big ass battle and a test of my patience (spoiler alert: I’m not patient!). I keep assigning jobs, though, in hopes that one day she too will be helpful.
How Do You Outsource Your Chores?
What do you do to help shave off time where it counts? Are there any special time-saving tricks you’ve discovered that don’t cost anything? Is your five year old also an asshole?