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Kids or no kids, I’d love to know. I’m getting married and moving out soon. My fiancé and I both work full time and after a long day at work (I’m a teacher), I cannot imagine cleaning the house and cooking dinner. I know it has to get done so maybe that’s good motivation but do you have any tips?

Posted by mom468571, 19th March 2022

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  • There are lots of cleaning hacks on YouTube to help help make you get through chores quicker. Is there enough time in the morning to put on a quick load of washing? Could you get up half an hour earlier and do a few quick chores. You could try a slow cooker for meals. If you put it on in the morning it will be cooked and ready to go when you come home. You could try do a really big clean over the weekend but who wants to spend their weekends doing chores?

  • It’s hard work, I have three boys and both of us work full-time.
    You need to have set days for some of those chores,
    Take turns in cooking and picking stuff up from the supermarket with your partner or do you really need it.
    You could always pre make meals, or at least pre prep meals

  • Planning. Planning is so important. Meal plan so you don’t have to make decisions when you’re tired. Consider making a few meals in advance on weekends (on many weekdays I chuck some vegies in the steamer and heat up a main meal that’s already made). And use small bits of time – eg while waiting for the kettle to boil, clean a bit of the kitchen.

  • I watched a great video the other day on this topic. Basically if you are thriving in one area, you’re making a sacrifice in the other. Ultimately you have to decide what is best for your family and you. Do you want to be the mum who works hard or the Mum who makes it to every soccer game? I try to just make a balance because we can’t give everything 100% it’s just impossible

  • We do a meal delivery service a few nights a week, that take the pressure off of cooking. With cleaning I schedule a time on the weekend to do it. Just be realistic and flexible. Nothing has to be perfect. You could also consider getting in a cleaning company to help out, even once a fortnight.

  • I stock up in frozen stuff, only used ideas her safe cutlery plates etc, bathe kids together at the same time , prepare list of priorities

  • While on a teachers wage and working full time, I set aside an amount for a cleaner (weekly or fortnightly depending on my budget) and got hellofresh or similar meal boxes to cut shopping and meal decision making time right down.

  • It is challenging to work, be a good partner/friend and look after a baby all at the same time. Routines help make create a balance for me. Also, easing back into work helped me adjust- I am still working part-time after having my baby. Cannot imagine being fill-time right now.

  • First of all without kids your house will get less dirty :)
    My suggestion is clean on the go; you’ve used your breakfast ? directly tidy the breakfast table and wash your bowl and cup. Wipe spill straight away. Clean the shower cabin, whilst you’re under the shower, wipe the sink after brushing teeth, etc. In regards to cooking you could consider to cook in the weekend and freeze it. Alternatively always cook double portions and freeze the half

  • You will both manage. When I was working fulltime, studying via correspondence, two children in our home of 4, we made it work, amazing what you can do when you need to. Plan, prep, and think ahead. Get your partner to help, share the work. Do up a schedule if you need to, but most of all, don’t panic.

  • Prep meals as much as possible, and do the bare minimum cleaning!

  • If you’re moving in with a partner, all household chores should be don’t equally by both of you. Grown adults should have the skills to adult successfully in their homes.
    Meal prepping can be a lifesaver.
    Spend a weekend with your partner shopping and cooking meals to freeze. There are heaps of resources for cooking for 2 if it’s just the 2 of you. All you need to do then is put something in the over and relax til dinner. Or utilise a slow cooker.
    Scheduling immediate daily cleaning chores, things that can wait til the weekend and others that can be done monthly or annually will keep you both on track.
    If you keep on top of the small things, they don’t become big things.

  • Honestly if you don’t have kids its not that bad, just stay organised and don’t let little things build up. There’s lots of pre prepared healthy meals you can use if you really don’t want to cook, put the dishes straight into the dishwasher and if you are both working full time and can afford it maybe get a cleaner in once a week or fortnight to do things like bathrooms and floors. Once you have kids its a different story lol..

  • Its a huge juggle I wont lie. But I do as much as I can the evening before, pack kids lunches, get clothes out for the next day, make sure I take something out to defrost for dinner.
    On the weekends I do a huge amount of food prep, I have a specific washing basket for “must be washed” clothing like school and sports uniforms and that always gets done first.
    I try to tidy up before bed, it just helps me to feel a little less cluttered.

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