How To Hack Your Household (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, I posted this question on my personal Facebook page:

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As you can see, I received quite a few helpful comments, several links to great websites, and tips from experienced Parent Hackers.

I’ve since put several “household hacks” into action, and it’s been fabulous! I have much more time for the important things in life.

Life gets busy, doesn’t it? Especially when you’re balancing a million different things all at once.
I am a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and a business owner. Improving my lifestyle is an ongoing process, and one I enjoy greatly. But, it takes work.

Here is what I’ve implemented so far …

1. LAUNDRY – Outsourcing the laundry has been great. When it gets out of control, load up the bags and take it to a laundromat. Washed, dried, folded in a few hours. Phew!

2. HOUSEKEEPER – 2x per week, tidy kitchen, changed sheets, clean house = happy Jen.

3. DOG WALKER – 2x per week our puppy, Bella, gets a good run, lots of exercise, and a little training. We take her on short walks on the other days.

4. GROCERIES – online shopping, set order: milk, bread, fruit, veggies, meat delivered 2x per week.

5. LAWNS – lawn guy cuts grass, trims garden, kills weeds 2x per month

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Outsource your laundry?

A few important things to remember:

1. No one can do it all. — I’ve written about this before, and I’m sure I’ll write about it again. I am not super-human, and neither are you. Ask for help.

2. Schedule fun stuff into your life – Every week, I plan something cool, fun, different, interesting for our family to do together. Sometimes these are big adventures, other times its a surprise trip to a new ice cream store. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to be fun, memorable, and worthwhile.

3. Keep your priorities straight. — What is REALLY important to you? Think about it, when you die, what do you want people to say about you? Start being that person today.

4. Set boundaries. — Set boundaries and time limits for yourself, your kids, and your business. I use a timer to let my kids know when I will be finished working. When the timer goes off, I stop and play with them. This forces me to be focused and productive while I am working.

5. Limit digital time. — Limiting digital time has dramatically improved our family dynamic. When the kids are home, all computers are off – including mine! Find your own “digital free” time and connect with your family without any screens involved. Get creative: bake something, build something, play something, draw something, go outside and play! — Another cool idea is to use “tickets” for kids to manage their own digital time. I’m testing this out in our house next week.  Click Here to learn more.

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Schedule fun activities monthly

Here are a few helpful resources for those of you looking to “hack” your household …

Parent Hacks : Smart tips to help you simplify family life and have more fun!

Air Tasker : Odd jobs, tasks, etc

Task Rabbit : Errand service

Aussie Farmers Direct  : Australian grocery delivery

Erin Parenting : Stress-free parenting tips for Working Mothers

Bless this Mess : Home Organizer, Melbourne Australia – Robyn has a great FB page here too!

Bulletproof Executive : Check out his bulletproof coffee! YUM!

– What tips, hints, strategies, websites, etc have helped YOU hack your household?

Please comment below & share with me. This is a learning process, and the more resources we can share, the better we will all feel. icon smile How To Hack Your Household (Part 1)

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