Since Elijah was born (and before) I have had domestic help in the home. Our house in Tulbagh was so large that we had a lovely lady come in to help out with the heavy cleaning. When Elijah was born we trained her to be his nanny for when I went back to work. She was working five days a week and when Elijah and I moved to Cape Town after Darrell’s death she came with us and she stayed the weeks in a cottage on my property and then went home on weekends. After a while she started to miss her home and moved back. Elijah was still very small and I was still so overwhelmed with it all that I hired another nanny who was also going to also live on my property. A couple of months ago she told me that did not want to be a domestic worker anymore and we parted ways amicably. Elijah is now at school five days a week and I am feeling very capable and organised so I decided it was time to do it all on my own. If I had not turned over a new super-efficient leaf I would not be able to cope. Here I share with you some of my tips:
I always set out both Elijah and my clothes for the following day the night before. It really does save me those frantic minutes running around trying to find a lost shoe etc and it helps make our mornings much calmer. I also prep Elijah’s lunch box the night before and check that he has everything in his school bag for the next day and that he is organised.
I have made it so that I only need to do a grocery shop on Tuesdays and Fridays which I quickly do after I drop Elijah at school and therefore means I am home by about 8.30 ready to do a bit of cleaning and get organised. To minimize my cleaning, I tidy as I go along in the day so that my house does not look like a crazy mess by the time the evening comes. As I cook everything that I have used goes straight into the dishwasher etc. I also cook large batches of food and freeze them so I am not cooking big meals every day.
I then get down to work and luckily once a week my in-laws fetch Elijah from school and drop him off at home in the afternoon so that day I am flat-out with work and can even manage to fit in a sneaky gym session, although being the cleaner in my home seems to be keeping me fit.
One thing I have not gotten a handle on yet is ironing! And sorting missing socks! They seem to allude me.
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