Women who try to do it wind up feeling under-appreciated and overworked. They don’t have time for themselves and bring little to the table after a long, demanding day. You deserve to be refreshed and rejuvenated. If you’re still trying to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. rethink your approach to life. Consider these five simple ways to turn over the domestic goddess role to someone else for awhile so you can grab some time for yourself.
1. Delegate to Family Members
You know how to delegate work at the office but do you have a handle on that concept at home? Often we think it is easier to do it ourselves than to nag household members to participate in daily chores. At first it might be a challenge to get your spouse and kids to do chores, but they will get used to it over time. Learn how to dole out chores and forget about them. Eventually they will notice the dirty dishes or nasty toilet and ask about it. This is when you remind them who was responsible for the chore.
2. Take Advantage of Take-Out Dinners
If you don’t feel like cooking, it doesn’t mean relying on frozen dinners or fast food. Many of your favorite restaurants are willing to prepare take-out meals. All you need to do is ask. Order healthy choices such as salads, soups and broiled fish. Simply pick up the platters on your way home or have your spouse do it. While you might not be able to transform other family members into masters of cuisine, you can order decent take-out meals from a local eatery. Applebee’s now has a variety of healthy options, all under 550 calories, and you can take them out. Who says you have to dine out to eat to enjoy a good meal?
3. Get a Babysitter
Spending every waking moment with your kids does not necessarily make you a better mother – it just makes you a tired one who gets no time out. Often working women feel all of their free time should be dedicated to their family. This simply isn’t true and could lead to serious burn-out. Hire a babysitter for just two hours to share a romantic dinner with your husband or spend time going shopping with a friend. Websites such as Care.com can help you find a babysitter in your area.
4. Hire a Cleaning Service
You want a clean house but don’t always have time to do it. Delegating means the job gets done but it might not be up to your strict standards. A clean house is just a phone call away. Hire a cleaning service to come in and make your home a tidy oasis. They can help you clear out clutter and maintain an attractive home. Have a professional cleaning team come in weekly, bi-weekly or monthly based on your budget and needs. You can even get a one-time cleaning to prepare for parties or clean the house after a hectic holiday season. Consider outsourcing certain tough tasks, such as window washing .
5. Get Pampered
If you’re still coloring your hair at home at midnight in a cramped bathroom, it’s time for a change. You don’t have to polish your nails at night just to wake up with them looking icky in the morning. Dare to get pampered at a local spa and salon. Get your hair professional cut and colored. Go for an OPI gel manicure that dries right away so you can get on with your day. Now there are also gel and vinyl pedicures so you can slip your shoes on and get back to business. You deserve to look and feel your best without doing all the work.
When you consider the cost of being stressed out and getting sick, it is easy to see how these services become more affordable and realistic. Your time and well-being is priceless. Reach out, get help and still maintain your title of domestic goddess – without breaking your back or budget!