Outsourcing – The Key to Keeping Sane

After DS2 was born we were really struggling to keep our house clean. DH and I were both working full time and even though I was on maternity leave, I was spending all day taking care of a baby and was spending all night up with said baby. I just couldn’t spend time cleaning and DH was sick and tired of spending his entire Sunday cleaning the house.

And so I caved. I got a cleaning service to come every other week. They are so wonderful and I’m not sure what I’d do without them. They’ve been coming to us for almost 7 years!

While it was hard for me to have strangers come into my house and do the things I felt I was supposed to be doing, it was also liberating. I no longer had to worry about when the floors would be washed or the linen would be changed.

This was my first true experience with outsourcing and I’ve been trying to think of more ways to do it ever since.

I look a long look at what I spend most of my time doing. I spend a lot of time cooking for Shabbos, so I outsource that when I need to by buying take-out. I spent a lot of time planning when I could go shopping, so I started ordering more online. I even thought about outsourcing my laundry to a service, but decided against it, since planning when the service would pick-up and deliver would probably take me just as much time as it would to do it myself.

There are so many ways to make things easier for yourself.

What tasks do you spend a lot of time doing? Can you involve your family members so you don’t have to do it? Could you hire someone else to do it?

Until next time,
Shaindy