You’ve probably heard people talk about batch cooking, and if you’re part of the blogging world you might have even heard people talking about batching content. Batching is great news, especially if you’re a stressed out mama with kids gnawing at your ankles and yesterday’s dry shampoo making your scalp itch.
But batch cooking shouldn’t be the be all and end all of your batching repertoire. There are so many things you can get done in batches which will make you look like ninja mama. Want to be the mum who has all her
shit stuff together? Keep reading 😉
Batch essential housework
Right, in the name of transparency, I’m a self confessed terrible housewife. I don’t want to be one, I’m not a very good one anyway, and I have no interest in anything even vaguely housewifery (except maybe cooking & baking, but then I just like food, so…)
But; I do like certain things to get done. I just don’t want to do them every day. So I choose a day every week when I’m going to block out some time during the day to do all the snaggly bits that have crept up over the week.
Obviously the basics get done each day; toys lobbed back in the kids’ room, random discarded socks and half eaten apple cores picked up, and so on. But inevitably, over the course of a week, little things fall through the cracks.
The hoover definitely needs to be run over with a bit more care than usual, there’s usually about 4 loads of washing to get done, and I also go around the house with a basket collecting stuff.
I can’t be more specific about what stuff is, because it’s just that; stuff. I start at the top and work my way down. I pick up everything I see that doesn’t belong where it is (random tiny toys anyone?!) and it all goes in the basket.
Then I stop for a well deserved coffee, before going back to the top and working my way down again putting each thing where it actually goes. Or in the bin.
For me, it makes more sense to spend an hour or 2 once a week on a mad one, than it does to waste half an hour every day faffing and half getting things done.
If, like me, you work at home whether it’s online, for yourself, or for someone else, batching your workload could literally save you hours every week.
Think of any repetitive tasks that you have to do for work, and any that you can do all in one go. For me, for example, it might be batch writing blog posts, or batch creating images to share on Facebook. Instead of writing one post every day and posting it, I might write 7 posts all in one go for the week and simply post them when I’m ready.
Maybe you have to send out a certain email to your team once a week with info on it. Could you batch the basic elements of the email and simply update the info or stats each time you send it?
Batch the ironing
I’m just kidding, I don’t iron 😉
Batch kids activities
No, I don’t mean take them to 5 activities in a day and then nothing for a month (I mean, unless you think they’d go for that because quite honestly that sounds epic!)
What I mean is spend an evening going through Pinterest and picking out simple activities you can prepare in advance, have all the necessary bits put together in bags somewhere. When the kids
are being arseholes get restless you can simply grab a bag and set them up with something you prepped 3 weeks ago.
Here’s one I made earlier and all that 🙂
Okay so technically this one falls under cooking, but I take it a step further. When I batch our main meals for the week, I also put portions aside for everyone’s lunches throughout the week too.
Amelia prefers a cold lunch at nursery, so I make all her sandwiches for the week at the same time, bag them and keep them in the fridge. I make little piles in the fridge for each day; a sandwich, yogurt, some grapes and a peeled satsuma (bagged), and some sliced cucumber (bagged) all together in a pile for each day of the week.
This way, when she brings her empty lunch bag each day, I give it a quick wipe and fill it up again in seconds, ready for the next day.
Batch life admin
So we all know that real life comes with a certain amount of admin. It’s cool, just batch it!
If one of you is due a dentists trip, book everyone in at the same time (well,not literally…) If you meal plan (you should) then don’t just do a week. Allocate an hour at the beginning of the month to plan the month’s dinners at least. Keep your plans somewhere safe and grab them out each week to write your shopping list.
Sometimes we even spend an afternoon batch calling family members to catch up. No one gets forgotten about and the kids get to speak to everyone (and we get some peace for an hour).
Batch bothering to hang up your clothes
Ok, obvs I’m not entirely serious… Although, Mr C does refer to my pile next to the bed
rather lovingly with foam at the corners of his mouth as my ‘Floor-drobe’…
I just can’t be bothered; you?!
What have I missed? Is there anything that you do in batches that I could steal take inspiration from? Don’t hold out on me people, fill me in!