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    Hey working mums.

    I was wondering when you do your grocery shopping and house cleaning?
    - Do you do house cleaning in one go or spread it over multiple days? Clean every week or month?
    - Get up early and do the groceries before the kids rise on Saturday? It do it Friday night when they are in bed?

    I'm trying to fine-tune my household routine for when work/school goes back. I value family time and hate the thought of spending my precious weekends off cleaning and grocery shopping. What's the point if all I do is work and housework!
    (Can't afford a cleaner this year and although I love coles online grocery deliveries I need the savings Aldi provides).

    Hoping to pick up a few tips from others on how to maximize family/relaxation time. Alternatively you could all wish me luck in Tuesdays $25Million OZLotto draw in Which case this won't really be an issue any more!

    Ta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Hey working mums.

    I was wondering when you do your grocery shopping and house cleaning?
    - Do you do house cleaning in one go or spread it over multiple days? Clean every week or month?
    - Get up early and do the groceries before the kids rise on Saturday? It do it Friday night when they are in bed?

    I'm trying to fine-tune my household routine for when work/school goes back. I value family time and hate the thought of spending my precious weekends off cleaning and grocery shopping. What's the point if all I do is work and housework!
    (Can't afford a cleaner this year and although I love coles online grocery deliveries I need the savings Aldi provides).

    Hoping to pick up a few tips from others on how to maximize family/relaxation time. Alternatively you could all wish me luck in Tuesdays $25Million OZLotto draw in Which case this won't really be an issue any more!

    Ta!
    We have a cleaner so I can't help you with that one, but I do my grocery shopping on a Saturday morning while DP takes the kids to swimming lessons. Their classes are at 9 and 9.30 which means that we can get the groceries home by 10.30 and then have the rest of the weekend to do what we please. I write a meal plan and shopping list (written in order of the aldi aisles!) on Friday night so I can be in and out in under 30 minutes.
    For all the other household chores I am lucky to work part time, so one of my home days is spent doing 500 loads of laundry, and all the tidying/organizing I need to do (sorting out too small clothes, re-distributing toys into their correct toy boxes, small household repairs, post office, etc)
    I also try to do as much as possible before bedtime so I can relax once the kids are down. DP gets home at 6, so we have dinner then one does bath/stories/bedtime and the other runs around doing dishes and other household chores.

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    I don't know why my post quoted yours :-/

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    I am at the supermarket before 7 on a weekend morning. I love supermarket shopping!! We do slow cooker etc to prep meals and freeze plus frozen sandwiches for lunch. Wash a load at least once a day. Cleaning hmmmm $100 cleaners once a fortnight to chance all beds, floors, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. Just maintence in between as it pops up so no dedicated ' housework' time.

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    I have a 20 month old so maybe it's a little easier than having multiple kids who are older.
    I clean as I go. DS is in the bath and I'm wiping down surfaces, toilet and shower. I do this after work most days. Vacuuming I am super lazy on but gets done while DS is playing in his room of an afternoon. We have a dishwasher. Laundry gets washed and hung out after DS has gone to bed and brought in the next night again after he has gone to bed. Pick up toys and crap as I walk through rooms. I do the grocery shopping straight after breakfast (so 7.30) and take DS with me. This is more productive then bringing DP. My shopping list is super organised and is ordered between supermarket/fruit and veg shop.
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    We do a bit grocery shop on the weekend as a family and a small one maybe Tuesday by myself (sometimes just bread and milk for the servo). We don't have a routine for cleaning though the kitchen is done every evening (either by me or dh). We do other cleaning tasks as needed, ie..sometimes I'll clean the toilets in the morning for work if I have a spare 10 minutes or dh will do the bathroom while I put ds to bed. Sometimes I do a quite sweep or vacuum in the morning too and dh packs away ds' toys every evening. Often it's a matter of just getting the basic cleaning tasks done or at least to a level that the place doesn't look filthy. And then a deeper clean every 2-4 weeks depending on what the task.

    We usually do a load of washing every 1-2 days and we'll split it up: ie. I will put it on, dh will hang out, I'll bring in, dh will fold or some such thing. Sometimes if we are low on time or energy we end up with a mount fold more. Often ds will be involved in housework, he tries to "help" so you could count it as family time right?

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    I only work 3 days but thought I'd give my 2 cents

    I usually do groceries on a Sunday morning or around lunch time as I work Mon-Wed so like to have everything fresh and ready to go for the week. Then definitely need a top up by Thursday.

    I used to have a cleaner but she moved back overseas and despite the fact I used to think she was a bit lazy, I miss her coming. I'm keen to get another cleaner.

    This year I will have 2/3 kids in school so I plan on having my youngest in daycare 4 days instead of the 3 that I work and doing all groceries and cleaning on Thursday. Wouldn't mind helping occasionally in class as well. I feel really guilty about putt Ng her in 4 days and don't know how long it will last which means that she will be dragged around with me doing groceries and stuck at home whilst I clean.


    My kids have swimming lessons on a Sunday and now that my youngest no longer naps, we all go and then enjoy the aquatic centre together afterwards. That is our real quality family time together. It's not much but the kids love it. Then we usually do a park or beach or bike ride in the afternoon.

    We also play games with the kids before bed every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I do my grocery shopping on a Saturday morning while DP takes the kids to swimming lessons. Their classes are at 9 and 9.30 which means that we can get the groceries home by 10.30 and then have the rest of the weekend to do what we please.
    I like this concept. Unfortunately my youngest still needs a parent in the pool and I wouldn't trust my 4 year old to just sit and watch. Might be a good strategy for a year from now though! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    I am at the supermarket before 7 on a weekend morning.
    Aldi opens at 8...
    Perhaps on a Saturday I could do gym at 7, Aldi at 8 and be home in time to take my eldest to sport at 10, then swimming after.. (Hubby would help of course - only have one car though).

    I could still get a 'sleep in' on Sunday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    thought I'd give my 2 cents

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    Thanks so unlike you Big red!
    (Just kidding appreciate the input!)


 

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