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#1 Literary Lemur

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

I am crap at outsourcing because I feel guilty.  I also feel guilty and overwelmed by the state of our house.  I know we need help.

What do you outsource and how much difference does it make?

Cleaning?
Ironing?
Gardening?
Car cleaning?
Pool cleaning?
Childcare?
Clothing repairs?
Do you cook most things from scratch or buy more prepared food?  
Other?

#2 hoohoobump

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

Cleaning
Mowing

#3 ubermum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

I only use childcare for my kinder child two days per week. The other child is at school and that way my baby gets some one on one attention if the teenager is demanding of my time.

I don't outsource anything. I re-jigged our household systems.

#4 *LiMa*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

At the moment (7 weeks pregnant) I wish I could outsource pretty much everything so I can sleep all day long.

Normally though we outsource nothing.

#5 JRA

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

A  lot less than I have in the past.

While I am typing I have gardeners out in the garden, but that is about all now.

#6 Ice Queen

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

Cleaning
Gardening and mowing (this is part of our rental lease but it is awesome).  Mowing I wouldnt normally worry about as my DH does it no argument.
Car cleaning, I use car washes and wouldn't really do it myself.  Inside my cars are just filthy.
Clothing repairs, hmmm mostly as I cant sew except for a button here and there. But I dont have many.

Tried ironing, found I spent more time on picking up, shirts not ready, lost shirt etc than if I had done it myself so gave up on that one.  That was only when DS was a newborn though.  I actually dont mind ironing so will do it.

I am a great fan of outsourcing of things I hate doing or am not good at!  Luckily I like looking after kids!

Edited by Ehill, 07 December 2012 - 12:05 PM.


#7 dolcengabbana

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

Cleaning
Mowing is Outsourced  I do the general gardening fertilising , trim, wedding etc
Car cleaning I pay my son an allowance for cleaning both cars fortnightly.
Clothing repairs
We cook from scratch 85% of all things. Pasta, pasta sauces all home cooked. I couldn't believe a quick from our local deli/patisserie was 21 dollars for a large deep dish with caramelised onion, bacon and potatoe. So I made it myself last night for the cost of a small carton of cream, 2 large potatoes and a carton of eggs I had the rest in the fridge and pantry! I cna also make 4 large deep dish quiches fromt he left over goods probably need more cream and potatoe though.


#8 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:06 PM

Nothing, but am considering getting my oven cleaned as this is number one on my list of worst household tasks.

#9 megalula

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:06 PM

Everything except preparing food and looking after the boys (when not at work). I don't really regard childcare as outsourcing but a necessity. I can't bring my child into work with me.....it's not really like I have a choice in the same way as I have a choice to use an iron or take my shirts to the cleaner.

#10 ~Nic~

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

We have DS3 in day care if that counts, but that's it. We used to have one of those mobile dog wash things to come around and wash our husky once a month or so, but now we have access to a DIY hyrdobath place, so we just do that.

My big problem area is washing... if I could get someone to come in, pick up the dirty clothes, wash them, hange them out to dry, bring them back in folded and put them away, I reckon the rest of my house would be spotless. I seem to spend so much time washing that everything else gets forgotten about. I am going to be working an extra day a week next year, so I am very seriously considering paying someone to at least do my ironing once a week, and I will probably wind up getting a cleaner one day a fortnight, just to do things like wash the windows / shower screens etc and clean the oven..


#11 (feral)epg

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

When I was working full time we had a cleaner who also did DP's ironing.  It was bliss.
Now we still get someone to pick up and do the ironing.  That way it actually gets done.
When the baby comes we will probably try to find a cleaner again for the first few weeks.


#12 premmie

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

Cleaning weekly
Gardening Monthy
2 days per week in family daycare  for ds1 the baby is with me full time

#13 cameo

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

Delivery of fruit and veg
Delivery of bread and milk

Would love to outsource cleaning but I just can't, have too many other expenses.

#14 kpingitquiet

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

Nothing, which is why our yard is almost always overgrown.

I do the bulk of cleaning, major re-orgs, meal planning, grocery orders, cooking (mostly from scratch but don't bake bread anymore), veggie gardening and preserving, finances, social/fun plans, and daytime childcare.

My staff (aka husband! biggrin.gif ) handles Ft work, car cleaning, garbage, dishes, toilet/bathroom cleaning, pet care, lawn mowing, grocery pickup, building projects and repairs, on-the-way-home errands, evening childcare, and other tasks as needed biggrin.gif

We split up home renovations like plastering and painting and whatnot, laundry, and non-edible gardening.

If crap doesn't get done, it just doesn't get done. As long as everyone is fed, has room to relax, and has a clean outfit it's a job well done! The rest is just gravy.

As for what I'd LIKE to outsource, I'd be thrilled with a day or two of childcare and will be trying to make the money appear for this when I start school next year. I'd also dearly love to outsource lawn mowing and general front-garden tidying. I'd also like to be able to afford to eat at an actual restaurant once per week.

#15 MsDemeanor

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

Gardening

#16 melajoe

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

At the moment, it's really only childcare, but that's because I work three days per week.

At various times we have also had a gardener, and a cleaner.



#17 Lilura

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

I am tempted to get a gardener.... I think that is the only thing I would get, perhaps a cleaner if I were working FT or was otherwise incapable of doing it (long term sickness etc )

#18 *-*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

Mostly, Nothing.

Occasionally - Ironing and Cleaning.  VERY occasionally.  Cleaning 1 or 2 times a year.  Ironing maybe once every few months, when I get too far behind - and it works out "cheaper" to pay someone else.

#19 kadoodle

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

Cleaning.  When the floors, kitchen and bathrooms are done, it's much easier to deal with the rest of the clutter and general kid mess.

ATM I'd like some more childcare hours but there's nothing available locally.  So the kids "help" with work.

#20 Frankly my Dear

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE (Old Grey Mare @ 07/12/2012, 01:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nothing, but am considering getting my oven cleaned as this is number one on my list of worst household tasks.


Best thing you'll ever do. If you are in Sydney, I recommend elegance oven cleaning.



#21 wesse

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

Cleaner who does 3 hours once a week to do a full clean of the house. ironing and DH shirts go to dry cleaner, they pick up and deliver.Childcare two days a week (I don't work)Dogs get washed once a month at the pet shop. Fruit, veg, milk delivery.
I do my own washing and folding. I like tending to the garden and DH mows the lawn. We previously had a housekeeper come two days a week whilst the children were little - we stopped that about 10 months ago and are managing well without it.  original.gif

#22 Bellisymo

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

I have a cleaner every Monday morning for 2 1/2 hours.  She changes the beds, vacuums, mops, cleans both bathrooms and will hang out washing/get washing in and do whatever needs doing.  

I mow the lawn myself because I usually don't mind doing that.

Today I had a cleaning guy come and clean my windows inside and out, dust my timber blinds and steam/pressure clean underneath my back verandah.  

I justify the above because I have a heart condition that means I feel like I am running on 3 out of 6 cylinders most of the time.  We don't smoke or drink and I can't even eat chocolate.  I reckon what I save on Chocolate nearly pays for the cleaning lady!

#23 Guest_- Poppy -_*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

If I had the money id hire a cleaner!!!!

#24 witchesforest

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

when i was working FT, cleaning 2 hrs per week, and childcare 4 days per week. i took my little girl into my very tolerant workplace with me on the 5th day each week.

now I'm on mat leave I don't have the cash for a cleaner and boy do I suck at housework. I have zero ambition to get better at it either - I will have to go back to work purely to afford a cleaner again!  we have kept our daughter in her daycare place 3 days a week though as she is 4.5 now and needs to do the kinder program.

i say outsource the stuff you hate and do the stuff you like doing.

#25 girltribe4

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

Cleaner and she is here right now happy.gif my floors and kitchen are all sparkly




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