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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