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When Is It Time To Hire A Housekeeper?

This week we will revisit a tip I shared a while back and is based on organizing our time. Although I am an organizer, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the “stuff” I have to do. After all, I am a working wife, mother, grandmother, full-time employee and part-time lifestyle blogger and even though my blog focuses on organization of all types, business and personal, DIY and re-design, I sometimes feel that I need help. But deciding what I need help with, is the issue. Would a housekeeper work for me and my lifestyle?

Do I hire a ghost writer for my blog? Absolutely not, that would take all the fun out of it. Do I need a stand in wife, mother or grandmother on speed dial? How ridiculous. I want to enjoy my family. I can’t outsource my 9 – 5 and that just leaves my home. Should I hire someone to help me with cleaning my home? Like most of you,  I have a very hectic and seemingly never-ending schedule and I’m not made of money. Therefore, I need to weigh this carefully. However;  as my blog indicates with every post, it is imperative that my home is clean and organized, well at least most of the time. I actually believe in and live by my tagline – A place for everything…and everything in its place. Let’s face it, I couldn’t very well advise others if I were not following the program myself…right?

housekeeperWith that said, I must admit there are times I am consumed by the needs of my work life, family, community service, passion for blogging and the requirements of maintaining an organized and clean home. It is during those times, I have considered hiring a professional housekeeper. This is especially true when I am working on a DIY project or I am running a challenge on my blog, etc.

I have come up with five reasons that make the concept of hiring housekeeper not only positive but quite frankly a necessity.

When you know it’s to Hire a Housekeeper?

  1. Your schedule overwhelms you – it’s okay to be busy. Busy is good. But overwhelmed is a whole different ball game. If you are feeling nervous when you look at your to-do list, it’s time to delegate and one thing you can delegate is the house cleaning.
  2. Your budget is fluid enough to sustain paying for a housekeeper. As I said, most of us are not made of money but this is where you must consider what your peace of mind and sanity is really worth. Perhaps if you did not buy Starbucks for a couple of weeks or if you prepared your lunch at home, or ate out less often or – as much as it pains me to say this – did not buy that new pair of shoes, maybe, just maybe you could work that housekeeper into your budget.
  3. Having a housekeep will free up your time to complete current projects, write your blog, spend time with family or simply give your mind, body, and soul a rest.
  4. If you find that your family is telling you about the game or movie instead of you enjoying it with them, it’s time you hired a housekeeper. I realize I’ve said it before, but I cannot stress enough how important family time really is. You can hire a housekeeper to take care of that messy kitchen but you can never get that moment back when your kid hits his/her first ball out of the park or wins a swim tournament or any of the millions of other little moments we can never get back.
  5. In a perfect world, you know it’s time to hire a housekeeper when you find one with a flexible schedule which allows you to use the services when you need them (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, occasionally). For me, I could hire a housekeeper to do my seasonal cleaning and be happy because there are no kids in the house anymore. It would be a big help to me to have someone do my winter, spring, summer, and fall cleaning while I get to do the refreshes and upcycles and share them with you.

CleaningSo, now you get the picture. You don’t have to have someone come in to help you keep your house clean weekly. You could go for every two weeks or have a deep cleaning on a monthly basis and still alleviate some of the stress from your shoulders. Or you can hire them to do certain time consuming & specific tasks like cleaning blinds, windows, hardwood floors, etc.

I am also betting that you can find someone for a reasonable price because there are so many different agencies and companies to choose from right now. Shop and compare.

My advice to you is, do not try to do it all by yourself. It is okay to ask for help. And it is okay to allow yourself some free time. I will suggest that you be careful when allowing anyone into your home if you will not be there. Make sure whoever you choose is licensed and bonded. Unless he/she has superb references from someone you totally trust.

Here’s my question for you, do you think it’s hypocritical for a lifestyle blogger who focuses on home organization to hire help to maintain his/her home or do you think we should all be afforded the opportunity to use the tools available to help us maintain our organization and more importantly, sanity? Let me know what you think. I love your input.
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