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Working mums?

I have recently increased my working hours, and suddenly I have no time!  I'm getting nothing done that I want to, and if I'm honest I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.

How do you cope?  What strategies do you have that I am obviously missing here?

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I feel exactly the same; George does a day and a half a week in nursery, I've increased my hours so I'm working 2 and a half days from home, and it's not working at all. DH says he won't have George going to nursery for longer hours, so most evenings I end up trying to work once the boys are in bed. 

I try quite often to keep our weekends clear, so that we can go out together, and (DH doesn't know this yet) I've found an ironing lady and a cleaning lady who come twice a week to do the essentials so that I can spend free time doing fun stuff. I pay for them out of my salary, so what he doesn't know can't hurt. 

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When I was working I used to delegate bits. Both the girls are old enough to be abe to strip their beds & ut the washing machine on.
They keep their rooms clean. YD does the dusting & cleans out the animals. OD sorts washing & sweeps floors. They both help out with cooking & putting shopping away. But they are both on penalty of no sweets on a Friday still if something doesn't get done...lol

DH does help out a lot; as he works shifts & used to do things like wash the floors when we were all out.
I used to only do ironing on a Sunday, unless it was desperate. And do one complete room blitz once a week, so one week be the front room, next week our bedroom... and so on. Generally keep on top of things & train everyone to be tidy.... lmao..It started off as the Flybaby thing & and kind of become a habit now.
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I so wish id trained my lads when they were younger, at 18 and nearly 22 they dont do anything really, they both work [eldest at Uni and works full time when home in the holidays]  and youngest works 2 days a week and is at college, they hardly clear away after themselves though and im constantly nagging, their words not mine, hubby does what he can but he works 60 + hrs a week, its left to me im afraid, hence why id like to work 3 days a week.

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I'm a bit like that hgt.

OH works ridiculous hours, so I can't really expect too much - the kids all hold down jobs as well as college work.

But I have to say, they don't even close kitchen cupboards if they go in them!

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I have a cleaner as well - the MiL.  DH does most of the cooking, shopping gets squeezed in whenever, and no, there isn't enough time to do much of anything.  Weekday evenings are a race against time to get everything done by bedtime, or else stuff just gets left till the weekend.

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See over the summer our weekdays have been lovely, once Olly's back at school it'll be a race against the clock getting him to and from his clubs and appointments. Next week he has the dentist, the optician, swim club, judo and a visit to the consultant for a hearing test, I'm already looking forwards to christmas holidays!

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Even over the summer I work 3 days and the boys have to be up to go wherever - they have complained a fair bit this year about that, and I don't blame them - I haven't liked it either!

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When I worked fulltime I learned to keep meals simple and to batch cook so I always had a supply of chilli, bolognese, curry etc in the freezer.
Even now when I only work school hours 2 or 3 days a week, I make meals for the freezer as it allows me to concentrate on the girls after school rather than cooking. One day recently I was making the meal but I actually had 4 dishes on the go as I figured that if I was chopping veg for one meal, I might as well chop veg for several other meals at the same time.

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We've just found out that ys' nursery placement has been changed from an afternoon to a morning one which means that I could work part time from home, I was looking forwarded to it but now I'm not so sure...

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Let your standards slip a bit. :D

Or do what OA does!

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