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Tips To Overcoming Chore Hassles (Why You Can Do Without A Housemaid)

Whether you are a working Mom, a Stay-at-home  mom, a Work-at-home Mom etc, it can’t be over emphasized that we need help with chores. The reason many resort to having Housemaids. I don’t know if this is valid but I think Nigeria has the highest amount of Nanny/Housemaid jobs in the world. Like everywhere I turn, there’s a maid accompanying a family. Sometimes, two. You wouldn’t blame the dire need to have one because with some infrastructural and social lapses, one will need a thousand help in the family. In ‘the abroad’, it’s not like that. In fact, you will pay heavily for a domestic staff to come take care of home biz. So it’s not really a necessity abroad because atleast things are made relatively easier to function in ‘the abroad’. That said, you can’t take away the fact that chores and running errands especially with kids can be overwhelming. If you can’t afford a Help, or there’s no family member around to assist or you just don’t like the idea of a stranger running things in your home (I fall into this category), then let me share with you some few tips and tricks to having a not-so-overwhelming chore life. I think I might have a Nanny eventually but for now these are tips that could help you do things without the help of the Maid. For those who are so glued to their maids and feel like they will die if they leave, lol….this is for you.

An Understanding Spouse: This has to be number one on the list. An Understanding spouse will not be asking for Freshly cooked soup everyday. An Understanding spouse will not be asking for an à la carte menu or giving you back-breaking tasks. Even if he doesn’t join in doing chores, at least he won’t create them. He won’t feign ignorance when you need to run a quick errand and need him to watch over the kids. So ask for an understanding husband. Begin to prayyyy!

A Food Processor:This is a woman’s best friend. Cutting, slicing, blending, who needs all those gym work? We know most women love to cook but the preparation part is the problem. This is a good investment and should find a spot on your kitchen counter. That said, this has not been able to unshell Periwinkles and to remove scales of fish. If those are your worries, go to the next point.

Go for prepped grocery items: You can specifically ask for the fish seller to scale the fish and fillet if need be.  Periwinkle preparation, however you want it is done at the market. There are things that are not so hygienic like cutting Okra in the market, so the food processor can do it. I’m not here to judge but if cutting Okra in the market is your thing, then go with it at your own risk. Dry leafy vegetables can be cut in the market too. Canned groceries are available for those times you are just not feeling up to it. E.g canned tomato sauce. As for picking of beans and removing skin of beans (my worst tasks ever), you can now buy cleaned out beans and pulse your overnight soaked beans in a blender, to remove skin. Somebothy shout harlllerluryar!

Invest in elastic band Bedsheets: A dressed bed is very important because it automatically transforms a scattered room to a fairly arranged room. If you are an addict of super straight laid bed like me, then you’d also know it can be tough throwing the sheets…and tucking…and kids jumping and ruffling..then tucking. Save yourself that energy with a perfect fit sized bed sheet with elastic bands. It just makes the task a lot less hectic. Hospital Nurses formulate the concept of elastic bands, that help them dress beds faster and straight laid in seconds. With these bedsheets, kids can jump all they want and the ends will still not pop. Just a little bit of stretch, and you are back to having a straight bed.

The right Cleaning Agents:

You don’t wanna be using Lux soap to take out bathroom plaques. Scouring problems?…Use a scouring powder. Stubborn stains?… Go for bleach products. Window pane grime?….Use a window glass cleaner. You just don’t want to be scrubbing a spot 15 times when it can be done in 5 wipes with the right Cleaning Agent. Save all that energy for Daddy Yo in the ‘other room’.

Invest in Crease-free clothes: Of course you can’t shop with a mind needing to know if the dress you are about to buy is crease-free but it’s best to have them as your everyday wear. Sometimes ironing clothes can be a punishment from the gods.  Crease-free (a.k.a wash-wear and go) clothes will do you alot  of good too if you live in a power-epileptic environment.

A Washing Machine: This is not a luxury! I repeat, this is not a luxury. It is not also a sign to show how much of a ‘wife-material’ you are not. Especially when kids are involved, you need it. The kids don’t care about you, they will mess those their little clothes that are so annoying to wash. I handwashed a lot, especially with my first kid and the only thing that stopped me from asking for a washing machine is because we were about relocating. I used to be an ardent believer of handwashing and even snarled at a lady who changed her former washing machine to a better one. She wanted the one that you dump the clothes and it takes care of everything, Washing, soaking, rinsing, spinning. Her older machine would wash and expect you to drain manually, then relocate clothes manually for spinning. I thought she was lazy. No! She’s not. I’ve repented. Save that energy and play with your kids.

There are lots of options to aid house chores but these are like basic chores and I really wanted to make it short. While we try to figure out who and what can help us  run errands when there’s no Nanny, (maybe drones.lol), I’d like to know some things you do that help you carry out task without needing a HouseHelp or being so overly dependent on them.

 

 

 

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    Zinny
    September 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Very interesting post and true too. I can’t overemphasize the importance of washing machine. It’s a life saver!!! I’ll also add that once you are too tired to prepare food, it doesn’t hurt to eat out. Having a central vacuum cleaner helps too because I don’t need to empty it *hides face* lol. But any vacuum cleaner at all is really important.

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      Bubu
      September 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      You are very correct on eating out. The vacuum cleaner is as necessary as the washing machine. The only reason I left it out personally is because it still requires me to Hoover with it and I have to start emptying. I’d rather just sweep with a long broom and scoop pan. I just see sweeping as my exercise routine because sweeping is one chore that makes one sweat alot. But this one youve said central vacuum cleaner, which one is that? *runs to google* That said, generally Vacuum cleaners are needed on this list. Thanks for your awesome comment, Zinny .

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        Zinny
        September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        Lol.. I’m fortunate to live in a house where the dust/ trash automatically moves to the central bin in the garage. So I don’t have to empty it. I just plug and clean the floor – major life saver!! Now I’ve to add that to my list if I ever want to move out *hides face*

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          Bubu
          September 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

          This is major! I wish I have such too. That would make a world of difference

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    Majay
    September 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Meal prep is key for me.. thankfully ” in the aboard ” light is no problem . So some days when the cooking spirit falls on me I Can use all burners plus oven and cook up a storm in. In 2-3 hours I can cook 2 soup , a large pot of beans porridge, moi moomoi , mac and cheese stew , aye made and pepper soup and stock the fridge. That way for next 3 week or even sometimes a month I won’t need to cook any major meal ( except for sat and sun even when we have special meals… try new dishes mainly intercontinental from cook book or my favourite YouTube!).all I do i the wrk is boil rice boil potatoes water for Harris etc . And those take only a few min.. infact I’d say invest in a good microwave . Cos I find that not only are they useful for heat up the meals you made they can be used to make a whole meal I mean a whole meal! I book rice , bake potatoe and once the timer is set I can go do other stuff and not worry about burning rice pot or evening washing it. I can do fast cake or pizza in microwave (when am being extra lazy). You are right watching machine is a life saver that was the first thing we bought as a couple in Nigeria ( we used the money they sprayed us at our wedding) .. now the kids can even load and unload the laundry. And ultimately the supportive husband and well behaved kids . Kids that can play witheaxh other or by themselves .. make less mess e.g. Know not to write anywhere other than their paper or board lol. Help tidy up thier room a bit(at least pick up toys).The Hubby helps with some tasks like chopping okra, meat, leaf and sometimes can even make the soup while I focus on stew and other dishes. It is indeed time work and the end of the day we both not exhausted and everybody will is happy * ? I can go on and on cos this is indeed the story of my life but I go stop here lol

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      Bubu
      September 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      You are indeed the realest MVP. You know I see your family and wonder how you do it all. 4 kids is not pancake powder! Lol. I’ve really learnt from these tips you’ve left and will put it into practise. Thanks dear

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    Precious
    September 2, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Funny enough, I’m reading this post after downloading a heavy breakfast and I’m sitting here wondering how I’m going to do the dishes. Lol. One of my biggest tips is let the kids help. Let them pick their toys after cleaning and help with small things. My older girls sometimes help with the dishes (though the amount of soap and water they use is outrageous). I let them help with other little things like wiping furniture or the walls. They enjoy doing it.
    What you said about cleaning agents is so true. I recently went and purchased different cleaning solutions. I love how easy they make cleaning. Thanks for these tips, dear!

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      Bubu
      September 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Very true dear. The kids need to help. Can’t wait for mine to be fully grown so they could start real chores.

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    Cheechee
    September 6, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Love this post even though I have a help there’s still so much to do and it doesn’t end.I like to eat out when I can’t cook plus I raise my children to clean up after themselves and just encourage a tidy home so even my almost 18 months daughter picks up the tiniest speck of dirt and brings it to me to dispose.It’s tiring lol because she goes on and on and on but I’m very proud of her.

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      Bubu
      September 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Awww. Bless her heart. We need more of such mini help.lol. Thanks for visiting.

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