Yesterday, I started a new job. It’s a new chapter in my life. I don’t know exactly how long this chapter is going to last. It might be a short one, or it might last a bit longer, but for now, all I can do is go with the flow. Going from being a work-at-home mum to being a working mum again is a bit of a culture shock though. I’ve had to start wearing make-up during the day again, even when I don’t want to, and wearing heels. My legs are aching in places I had not expected today and it’s all down to the tiny two-inch heel I was wearing. But there are a few things I need to do to make the transition smoother for both myself and my family. If I had to sum up though, I would say the most important thing to do is GET ORGANISED. Here are some of the things I’ve done to help myself.
Pre-planning meals was something I used to do regularly. Towards the end of last week, I bought loads of meat and sauces and started cooking up a storm. My freezer is now full, which means that on the days when I’m working, all I have to do is take something out of the freezer before I leave in the morning, or the night before, and let it defrost, ready for re-heating when I get home from work. It means we can stay healthy and have home-cooked meals while I’m shorter on time. We really felt the benefit last night when we sat down to a tasty lasagne after I’d been working all day. Disclaimer: the food pictured is obviously not my lasagne because my presentation skills aren’t great. Plus, we were too busy enjoying it to take photos.
Outsource What You Can
I’ve never been one for asking for help. Even today when I’m snowed under with blogging work and also trying to fix a stupid fraud issue (yeah, thanks to Apple for leaking my card details), I’m still trying to do it all myself, even though I know I’m not superwoman. However, I had flu for a couple of weeks at the start of this month and it was proper flu. I mean, if someone had told me there was a million pounds at the end of the street, and all I had to do was get out of bed to go and collect it, I couldn’t have managed. It was intense. So, I ended up with a massive pile of ironing and I called on a lady who lives close by who has an ironing business. She did three huge bags of ironing for £30. Now, I could probably have saved that £30 and I maybe should have, given that I’m now struggling financially thanks to the fraud issue, but under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have been so broke right now and the £30 would have been a great investment. It’s something to keep in mind if you’re struggling for time.
Keep Everything Tidy!
If I ever can’t find something I need, the first place I look is at the bottom of all my old handbags. Failing that, my next step is to tidy up and the lost item usually appears. I am resolving here and now to keep everything in my house more tidy from now on. That will save me so much time! It’s going to be a blanket approach, from the big areas like my spare room, which is more like a junk room these days, to my car (or the mobile skip as I now call it) to my make-up drawer. A little while ago I was gifted a make-up case by Beautify which was gorgeous. It’s pink, with rose gold edging and handle with a luxurious black velvety interior.
Shamefully, I was still using an old toolbox that I bought with my pocket money from Woolworths back in 1988. I kid you not. I used to put my little Avon rouges and Cover Girl lipsticks in it. It’s all cracked and dusty. Now, I’m going to keep everything in a proper case so it doesn’t get spoiled or lost. I’m also going to invest in some ottomans for my dining room. We have very little furniture and all Luke‘s toys are just piled up, making a mess of the place. I saw a good deal on silver velvet ottomans that match my couches in one of the discount shops recently that wouldn’t just be storage space. They’d also double up as seating.
So, for all the working parents out there, what are your top tips for managing your time so you can maximise the precious family time that you have?