I don’t like cleaning; and I make no secret of that fact. Dust can multiply for months, and I might notice that it is there, but I probably won’t clean it. I do have the basics that I do every day—dishes, and general picking up. I clean the bathrooms and sweep and mop the kitchen floor, so I am not a complete slob, but I hate deep cleaning.
A few years ago hiring a house cleaner seemed like a luxury I couldn’t afford. However, my husband and I are in gazelle intense mode now that he has finished his Ph.D. Simply put, we have a lot of debt to pay off from his many years in school. I work from home and have recently come to the conclusion that I make more per hour than a housecleaner does. I could justify the expense of a house cleaner coming in every two weeks to do more deep cleaning such as mopping the entire upstairs, dusting, cleaning blinds, etc. if I work during the time the housecleaner is there.
Many of us are conditioned to see outsourcing household chores as a luxury that we should not waste money on. (At least that was the way I was raised.) However, if you work a full-time job and have a side gig in the evenings and weekends, AND make more per hour than you would pay for the outsourcing, it may make sense to hire someone to do the tasks you don’t want to or don’t have the time to do. I would much rather do my work than clean the house, and economically, it makes sense to outsource.
Of course, housecleaning isn’t the only chore you could outsource. There is dry cleaning, lawn care, even meal planning. (There are plenty of sites that offer meal plans at a reasonable cost. Every week you login and they give you a list of meals, the recipes, and your grocery list. All you have to do is the cooking and shopping.) If you are thinking of outsourcing, choose tasks that you don’t like to do. I happen to enjoy grocery shopping and cooking, so I don’t want to outsource that. Cleaning? That is a different story.
If you can easily afford to outsource, there may be no hesitation on your part. However, if you are on a tight budget like we are or if you are trying to work as hard as you can to pay down debt as quickly as you can, you may feel that you cannot justify the expense of outsourcing. Take the time to crunch the numbers. If you can find someone in the neighborhood to mow your lawn at $20 per hour and you can make $40 per hour doing your own work, it makes sense to outsource because you still walk away with an extra $20 (the $40 you earned minus the $20 you paid to have someone mow). If outsourcing gives you more hours to work and ultimately nets you more money, it may well be worth doing.
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