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    So I have been wondering how other people cope being so busy all the time.

    # I work from home so my house needs to be neat, clean and tidy 98%of the time.
    # we have 2 children.
    #My DH works 6-6pm 5 days a week.
    #I work 7-5pm weekdays.
    #dd has dinner bath & bed between 5:30 and 6:30pm and I struggle with dinner as its hard to juggle.DD's needs and make dinner at 5pm when I finish work.

    I'm run down and snappy and feel like I can't restore myself as I have no time

    I feel stressed a fair bit, tired all the time and have.a to do list that never gets any shorter.

    What tips do you have.that help you balance work/life and any ideas on making things easier?
    I'm looking for meal ideas, routine changes, systems that work for you, cleanning tips etc...
    There are not enough hours in a day lol

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    ETA: I realise I'm not the only person who's busy I just feel like I'm not coping anymore and need to make some changes.

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    I highly recommend checking out www.flylady.net for help setting some routines to make life easier. And check out a thermomix. Costly, but you can throw stuff in for dinner and it will take care of itself while you do baths or whatever else. If you don't know what it is, check out www.thermomix.com.au and set up a demo. I just got one and it's making my life so much easier!!

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    Fly lady is great, thanks

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    How old are your children? I think the main problem for a lot of working mums is that most of the house/child work is still lumped on us, hence why a lot get so burnt out. I make sure DS tidies up after himself. He learned from a pretty early age that mum doesn't = servant.

    I prefer to get up slightly earlier in the mornings to tidy up and make sure the kitchen is clean. If the living area is done, then I'm happy. Bedroom doors can be closed haha.

    In the evenings, I'll cook and DP does the dishes. I do some laundry, but refuse to do other housework - I reserve that for Sundays and I make sure I leave Saturdays to visit friends/do things with DS etc.

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    I do the early morning thing to, it's the only thing I find that works.

    I get up 45 mins before DD & DP. I put on a load of washing, pick up dog poo, sweep, unload dishwasher, tidy up toys etc (although trying to teach DD to do this as she goes) and get ready for work.

    Once DD is up we hang out the washing, make lunches and get her ready for daycare.

    That extra time means no cleaning on the weekends for me at all. Maybe 1-2 loads of washing but that's it.

    I also do a bathroom wipe over, mop, tidy and dust a couple of days per week.

    This all fits in that 30ish minutes everymorning.

    I am guilty of having a cleaner come once a fortnight though to give everything a really good clean!


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    OMG...you work a lot of hours... You deserve a cleaner....even just once a fortnight....for those bigger jobs that do not need to be done everyday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    How old are your children? I think the main problem for a lot of working mums is that most of the house/child work is still lumped on us, hence why a lot get so burnt out. I make sure DS tidies up after himself. He learned from a pretty early age that mum doesn't = servant.

    I prefer to get up slightly earlier in the mornings to tidy up and make sure the kitchen is clean. If the living area is done, then I'm happy. Bedroom doors can be closed haha.

    In the evenings, I'll cook and DP does the dishes. I do some laundry, but refuse to do other housework - I reserve that for Sundays and I make sure I leave Saturdays to visit friends/do things with DS etc.
    Our DD is 18months and DH has an older daughter 12yrs. Dd wakes up at 5 so it's hard to drag myself out of bed any earlier lol.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    OMG...you work a lot of hours... You deserve a cleaner....even just once a fortnight....for those bigger jobs that do not need to be done everyday...

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    Definatley - both me and DH work fulltime. I have a cleaner. I wouldnt cope otherwise. Week day dinners are easy stuff - I try to freeze things to whip out for dinners for the kids. DH and I eat later. Often the kids meal for the next night is what we have had the night before (IYKWIM).

    What ever is needed to get out the door in the morning is organised the night before - lunches made, bags packed, clothes laid out.

    I know how you feel - I feel the same most of the time. The best thing for me is Friday night. The cleaner has been and we get takeaway. Mummy does not work on that night. XX

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    OMG...you work a lot of hours... You deserve a cleaner....even just once a fortnight....for those bigger jobs that do not need to be done everyday...

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    Lol I work from home so I can do odd jobs like washing, toilets, dusting, bills and phone calls at rest time.
    But a cleaner does sound tempting


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    Sometimes I wonder if working from home actually makes things better or worse...forr example it sounds like you are not only trying to do your paid work but, like many women, you're also trying to do all of the other domestic jobs in that time too...you can't not SE all of the washing, dishes, dirty floors etc Lunch hour could become the laundery hour...

    I know your partner works long hours too but is there anything else that you could delegate to them...?

    You must be a heck of a well organised woman to do all of this...kudos to you....!!!....but you deserve to organise a way to have a little less to fit in....and you deserve your partner's support with this.



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