An organized life starts at home. When I wake up looking at piles of books, laundry waiting to be washed or hung in the closet, dirty dishes in the sink, my stress level goes up and my productivity goes down.
If I work late, I need to know my family is being fed and not surviving on fast food every day. After working 12 hours a day, I need life to be simple. I need to be able to spend my productive time without worry or regret that my home is not clean or organized. I need rest time in my safe place, home, without feeling like a failure because the beds are made or the cabinets are empty.
I took a look at my daily activities and decide which ones were (a) not that important to either me or my family (b) relatively easy to drop, delegate, or outsource. What I found was that there are many household task that can be dropped, delegated, or outsourced.
So when I decided to hire someone to do things for me around the house to simplify my life, I had to decide what exactly I wanted them to do.
There are household task that I can do that makes me feel better about my home, like picking throw blankets and pillows up of the den floor, moving clutter off the kitchen counters, or sorting the mail on my husband’s desk.
There are tasks that should be done but do not have to be completed by me, like laundry, making the bed, and washing dishes. Then there are those task that should be done at least every few months, like cleaning the ceiling fans and baseboards, which have no place in my schedule. There are also task that if left to me, with my schedule, would never be done those task are washing the windows, wiping down the light switches, shampooing the carpets.
Now, some of you are thinking, there is no way you can afford to hire help, hiring someone would cost a fortune. For me I simply calculated what I earn in an hour and then how many hours I was getting up early, skipping my exercise, or staying up late to clean my home. It was simple math – hiring someone allowed me to be more productive and less stress equaling a simply organized life.
How about you, have you thought about hiring someone to help in your home? I would love to hear what is holding you back from having a simpler organized life. Do you already have help in the home? If so, I would love to hear how having help has made your life simpler and more organized.
~ Connie Kay A ~