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    Oooh gym then Aldi sounds amazing. I might try and introduce a quick jog to the beach before i do the supermarket shop. We are up at 6 even on weekends..

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    I tidy the house and do a load of washing every night. Dh works nights so he vacuums and mops every second morning and folds and puts away the washing. The toilet and bathroom surfaces are cleaned every night before I go to bed. I don't use cloths on the toilet just spray and loo paper. In the bathroom I use a sugar soap wipe. We try to do something big every weekend like shower, windows, oven etc. I find that having a shower squigee means I can leave the big clean a bit longer. Dh does the lawns and I do the garden once a month (the grass doesn't grow too fast in Qld). We go to the markets as a family on Saturday morning for cheap produce and I go do the groceries first thing Sunday. I used to go at night but taking Dd is just too hard. Doing it this way means we can enjoy the weekend.

    Eta-I work FT with Dd in childcare so the house stays pretty clean except toys and books everywhere, every night.
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    I grocery shop on Sunday mornings (early as I can and preferably without DS).

    I do my housework on Sunday afternoons. We often have DS's OT or ST do home visits on Monday mornings, so this way the house is fresh when they visit.

    I like to do a slow cooker dinner every Sunday so I'm free to do my arvo clean.

    We live in a small 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house, so I knock over my cleaning pretty quickly.

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    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
    Yeah, DD is only just old enough to not have a parent in the pool fairly recently, so previously I would take one kid with me while the other swam with dad. That made for a whirlwind supermarket visit, I could hear the supermarket sweep jingle in my head as we raced through the aisles 😂

    ETA organizing your shopping list by aisle is highly recommended too. No re-checking and doubling back for things, you read and grab.
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    We break housework up, and we live in a small house, which I love, because it means we can knock housework over pretty easily. So things just get done when they look dirty, so weekly for bathroom/kitchen/proper vacuum, and every 2-3 weeks for dusting and fingerprints off mirrors/windows (my kids are older...no toddler slobber to deal with these days).
    Daily is washing (load on, hung out and dried...putting away just happens whenever), cleaning of the high traffic area floors (robotic vacuum cleaner on when we're all out at work...works fab on hard floors but terrible if you have carpet, which we don't have in high traffic areas), general tidying, and wipe down of kitchen benches.
    I mainly do weekly/fortnightly cleaning of a night once the kids are in bed, that's because DH works long hours, so he isn't around for us to split it up. It's not unusual for me to clean the bathroom at 10pm.
    I do order my groceries online. It's a cost I justify for family time, so I'm sorry, I'm not much help with that (we're often out and about enjoying our day long before 8am to hang around waiting for the supermarket to open), but you could reduce the cost of supermarket delivery by doing a click and collect. The Coles click and collect here lets us collect the groceries from a service station 2 minutes from our house, so that's pretty convenient. There's certain things I refuse to get from anywhere but Aldi because it is soooo much cheaper, but we usually just stock up on those things when we go to buy one of Aldi's weekly specials. My kids love an Aldi shop


    When I was a SAHM I spent way more time cleaning...but when I started working again I realised pretty quickly that I wasted so much time cleaning, and have reduced it heaps. We had a cleaner, but she got lazy so we fired her and I'm yet to re-hire one...but we will hire a cleaner to do a spring clean.

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    Menu plan for the fortnight on Thursday
    Online grocery shop delivered Fri night every fortnight
    Early Sat morning - markets for fruit and veg shop.
    Load of washing done every night, hung out every morning - brought in and put away every night.

    Every night do housework 30min max. On 2-3 nights a week put slow cooker on with double batches.
    Other nights do a jobs around the house if you don't have a cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Online grocery shop delivered Fri night every fortnight
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    Ta... Can I ask - apart from getting fruit and veg with a fortnightly shop do you have to top up anything else through the week? Milk or bread etc?
    Does fruit and veg from sat last you through the school week?

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    I do fruit and veg weekly at the markets. Or if I'm flat out have Aussie farmers deliver a box.

    We go thru 25 bananas, 14 cucumbers, 24 tomatoes, 2kg carrots, 1kg zucchini, plus extras a week at least.

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    If I can't do online groceries, I do a grocery run over lunch time during the week.

    I also work one day from home which is the day I do all the laundry.

    About cleaning we do it all in one go during the kids nap.

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    This year we have 2 at school 5 days and ds3 in daycare. I am working 5 days per week school hours. I dislike grocery shopping on the weekend, actually I avoid going to any type of shop on weekends as it's family time and home time I want to make the most off. So I tend to do my big fortnightly shop on Thursday after work and the older boys will be with me which is fine as they are no trouble at the shops. I do a small shop on the off week too. I always have a shopping list and shop for the meals we have selected to have that week. I pick bub up from daycare at 4. I generally tend to get dinner prepared between school finishing at 2.20 and dh getting home at 4.15 so then we have outside family time for a few hours before dinner. If the boys are using their ipads or play station this is the time they do it then it's all technology off for the day once dh walks in the door. As for housework we do a load of washing every second night and take it off the line the following morning. We clean as we go rather than allocate a cleaning day. Once the boys are in bed it is mine and dh's time 😉

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