I’m all about making my life easier. Ain’t no martyring going on in my house so if there is a way I can pay someone to do the household chores I hate to do, then I will. I’d like to go down the path of how much my time is worth, compared with how much I’m paying someone to do it – coupled with the idea of how I’m helping stimulate the local economy blah blah blah. But in reality, I just freaking hate doing household chores, so I like someone else to do it. And until my children are older and I can pay them 1950s wages to do it all, I have to pay a stranger.
Here are my five favourite chores to outsource.
Cleaning has always been the source of – ahem – tension in our house. Then we got a cleaner, and that took away the arguments and expectations about whose job it was to vacuum the carpet, get the hair out of the sink or dust the fireplace. The change in the dynamic of our relationship was astounding. We used to have someone come in once a week, then once a fortnight, then once a month. It’s on hiatus at the moment until we are slightly more financial, but let me tell you, it will be the first thing that comes back when we do. Our marriage depends on it! Until then, I am pretending that I am okay living in a 19 year old’s bachelor pad.
Here are some great options for outsourcing your cleaning:
- Absolute Domestics (I used them for a few years and had the greatest cleaner I’ve ever had, and the worst cleaner I’ve ever had. And Husby swears one of them stole his wedding ring but I think he may be just trying to cover his arse on that one. The great thing is, if you’re not happy with one, they will happily replace them for you.)
- Housework heroes
- James Home Services
Getting set up to have your shopping delivered can be a giant pain in the behind, but once you’ve done it a few times, the major sites remember what you’ve bought before and it’s super easy to go in and do it again. Then they bring stuff to your house. No dragging reluctant toddlers past the lolly aisle and holding the baby in one arm while you unload the trolley with the other. Fabulous!
Easy options for outsourcing your trolley work:
- Coles online
- Woolworths online
- Aussie Farmers Direct
- There are also loads of great local grocers, butchers, delis and other foodies that offer local deliveries in specific areas. Ask around or try googling what you’re after.
Hahahahahahahahaha! Anyone that knows me will tell you this doesn’t apply to me because I don’t own an iron – nor any clothes that might need ironing (I do own a couple of garments that only come out of the cupboard every two months or so because that’s how long it takes to hang the wrinkles out – but I’m really okay with that arrangement). But the great thing about outsourcing ironing is that you can usually find a local advertising around your neighbourhood who will do it for not very much – some will even pick up and deliver. Turns out some people like ironing. Weirdos.
This is my great fantasy. That I will some day be able to pay someone to come into my house, organise everything so its own neat little place to go, and make me feel sane and balanced. These people exist. They are angels here on earth. You can find them wandering around Howard’s Storage World just for fun. And Pinterest is full of them too.
Check out these organisers for a start:
- Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (yes, seriously)
- Heavenly Order
5. Child rearing
Children are cute for photos and Christmas cards but the idea we have to spend all our time with them is just abhorrent. You cannot hang with your children 24/7 and feel like a healthy, balanced individual: fact. So please, please, please get someone to watch them occasionally (once a week is my fantasy but we are closer to once a month at the moment) and just go out. Be yourself – not Mum. It’s fun, I promise!
The best option for childcare is grandparents or the staff at your childcare centre. Those gorgeous people don’t get paid nearly enough and often supplement their income by babysitting – just ask them (bonus: your kids already know them). Otherwise, try these:
- Find a Babysitter (I’ve used this one a few times and it was GREAT. Just keep in mind that you need to check the references yourself – they don’t do it for you. )
- Babysitter’s Guide
* All resources listed here are in Australia. If you are overseas and have a great resource to share (or even if you’re in Australia), please tell everyone below.
Do you outsource? What tips do you have? Or, if you don’t, what chore would you most like to outsource?