In our family, when our home feels chaotic, messy and out of control, we feel that way too. Imagine if your desk at work was covered in toys, laundry, food crumbs, and piles of paperwork. Could you do your best work in that environment? (If so, please tell me your secrets!) Now, my definition of clean has taken several HUGE steps down the continuum towards imperfection rather than perfection, but it still needs to be cleaned every once in awhile. Boys, anyone? Soap scum? Fingerprints everywhere? When I have a clean house, I feel more relaxed, focused, and patient. Everyone in my family benefits! Sometimes, however, life throws you some curve balls or gets really, really full and the beautiful peaceful home that you love, becomes a nightmare of to do lists and you just can’t get it all done. You need some help! But, when is it okay to hire help?
If you are wondering if it is okay to hire help, here are 5 questions to help you decide:
- Which part of your household duties contribute the most stress, domination of your time, or burden on your family, that if relieved, could significantly alter the functioning of your household? This will help guide you to pick the biggest impact on your home. If you are married, this may be different for both of you so be sure to rank their priority of importance for your entire household.
- Can I/we afford it? This is pretty straightforward, but if you are going into debt to make this happen, then the timing is not best right now. But, if you’d rather have a clean house than a cable bill, you might consider adjusting your expenses. I use EveryDollar to easily make a zero-based budget so I can better know what we are spending our money on. I helps me to adjust the amount in each category so I can find the extra funds to hire some help.
- Will this hinder my/our family goals? Sometimes we can afford it after adjusting some expenses, but it ends up sabotaging our bigger goals. Maybe it’s paying off debt or saving for a vacation or a new car. Or maybe it’s teaching the kids some work ethic or yourself some discipline. Be honest about your priorities and spend your money and energy on what is most important right now.
- Will this add to my/our quality of life? I prefer to make decisions about money based upon whether it will add to quality of life. I really dislike ‘stuff’ because I suddenly have one more thing taking up space in my life that I have to care for. I do however, highly value things that significantly add to the quality of my life. House cleaning is at the top of my list. Other things like childcare for intentional date nights, products or services that help me stay organized and productive, and anything that is a time-saver and stress-reducer in my everyday life also fit the bill.
- Does this have lasting effects? I want my decisions to have positive outcomes and consequences. When we spend hard earned money, I want it to have lasting effects as much as possible. When I am looking at hiring help, I want to know that it will actually make an impact in our own life of in the lives of people where we have influence. By hiring help, I free up time to spend relationally with my family. By hiring help, I’m employing someone else, who now has the dignity of making their own money to provide for their family. By hiring help, I can rest or focus on other needs of our household of our community.
Take these 5 quick action steps to know if you are ready to hire help:
- Do a quick audit of your household to see where you could use the most help.
- Do a budget to know if you can afford it.
- Prioritize your goals to know if this is the next right step.
- Decide if this will affect your quality of life in a positive way.
- Decide if the impact on yourself or others is worth the cost.
If the answer to those five filters is, YES, then start hiring some help today!
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