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Hiring others to save time for yourself

June 1, 2016

Ever since my husband died I feel that time is moving faster and faster. My kids are getting older and their in a lot of stuff and since I am a newly single parent I feel that I have no time to do anything since I now have to do everything. My uncle asked me what I wanted the most for mothers day this year and I made a quick reply that I wish I could hire out someone to come to clean and cook for me. That would be heaven and save me so much time! Well he listened and presented me with a year of cleaning services. He gave me the money to hire a local cleaning service and I feel that I am in heaven. As busy mothers, friends, aunts, etc we sometimes have no time for ourselves. I know that some of us can’t afford to hire out but the piece of mind that comes when you can spend more time just living…it’s worth it. Plus when you buy from others you are helping a small business out and that is a win win situation! So here are some of the things that I hire out to save me time and in some cases it’s a bit cheaper.

  1. Cleaning service. I use Maid Simple near me. Its a fairly new franchise that just started up and so far so good. I am super pleased with the work that was done in my  home. On average I clean once a week. Normally cleaning two rooms a day which takes me about 5 days. I made the kids clean some things but it was still time consuming as we had things to do in the evenings and I worked in the day. Since Maid Simple comes twice a month I only do spot cleaning and even then if I can’t get to it…I don’t worry about it. I get my home cleaned twice a month at $99 every two weeks. She makes the beds, folds clothes, vacuums, mops, does the dishes, dusts, sweep, etc. She even got down on the baseboards. I walked across my floor when she was done mopping and got yelled at lol…..she re mopped and told me to stay off the floors. Yes ma’am! Overall I was pleased with my service and now I don’t have to worry about having a clean house it will stay clean.
  2. Virtual Assistants. Since I run a blog/business I need help in the worse way when it comes to getting my content out there and making sure I am in front of others when it comes to my business and blog. I can’t do it alone and I don’t even know why I tried in the beginning. Virtual Assistants are the way to go…and they are worth their weight in gold. I have 3…yes I pay 3 people to help me run my business because at the end of the day my blog is my business. I have each one of my assistants doing various things from gathering content for me to write about, handling my twitter account, helping me grow my pinterest, tackling my Facebook page, and much more. Hire one and stop trying to do it alone. Most VA’s start at around $30 a week and if yours doesn’t then contact me so I can give you the ones I work with. All three of them are the bomb.com
  3. Hire a chef. Now I eat out a lot….and I spend quite a few dollars. Why not spend that money on hiring a cooking service. I heard that uber has a delivery service going on where if you live in popular cities you can pay for your food to be delivered. Hireachef.com is a great place to start or you can do blue apron meals delivered to your home. I did a test last year where we ate out for a family of four for one week and I calculated the price then the next week I bought groceries and we ate in. Eating out was cheaper…..not by a lot but I was surprised by that we saved about 10 bucks eating out vs eating in. If you can hire a chef or someone to come and cook…even if it’s just on the weekends do it. You can get a little piece of your life back and that’s time that you can spend with your kids or catching up on you.
  4. Hire a babysitter. So I looked high and low to find a teenager that I could trust to come into my home and help me. I need some time to myself. I have a 10 year old and a 7 year old and they both run me crazy. More so my 7 year old daughter….she comes in my office every hr on the hr and asks questions if she is home. Sometimes mommy needs a moment to recharge and since I live where I hardly have friends and family I have to make use of people to help me. I found a 14 year old girl to help out and I pay her $10 an hr to help me with the kids on the weekends. She comes every Sunday in the mornings and as soon as she gets here I escape. I take about 3 hrs to myself and chill out. Either in starbucks or somewhere. If you are married or single try to hire someone….it will help out a lot to have a few hrs to yourself.

Make sure what that if you have the extra funds put it towards having a piece of mind. It works wonders for your soul. If you could hire out a service what would it be?

Hiring others to save time for yourself

  • Reply
    Bren Pace
    June 1, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Kita,

    I love that you have people helping you out. You’re also helping them out by hiring them. It’s a win-win imo.

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s a great reminder that we can’t do it all!


  • Reply
    Teja Ray
    June 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I love these!!! I need to sit back down with a pen and pencil and write down all your contacts. I need my closet done and maid and a chef! Hehehe I got sitters!

  • Reply
    June 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I personally believe that it is a great idea to hire people to help take a load off of your to do list. This allows you more time to focus on projects, family, businesses or just personal life. If I could I would like to hire a chef, to cut down on me having to cook, that would be awesome.

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    Gwendolyn Mulholland
    June 2, 2016 at 1:40 am

    It is amazing how much stress you can save when you hire certain tasks out to other people. Obviously if you have the money to do so it is a great option. I like the in home delivery food services which send the groceries already because then I don’t have to spend time thinking about what I am going to make.

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking
    June 2, 2016 at 3:57 am

    As a control freak, this is something that I struggle with. I know that I don’t have enough time in the day to do everything that I need to get done, however I guess I just can’t give up the control and let someone else do it. Deep down I know it will help me, especially a maid (!), I just have to jump in and do it!

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    Miles L.
    June 2, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I love the idea of hiring someone to do other things so that we can have more time for other things that are more important. I think it is very vital that we don’t stress ourselves too much. Getting all the help we can get is not such a bad idea.

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    Amanda @ Adorkablii
    June 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. Sometimes you just need time for yourself and you need to slow down to enjoy life. As a single mom, I totally get it. =) I am going to have to contact you about your VA’s. It’s hard to do all the promoting, plus my parent duties and I work out of the home. A VA would come in handy!

    Thank your sharing this great information!

  • Reply
    June 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    This post couldn’t be more timely. I’m expecting my first child due in early July. My husband and I are both self employed working individuals with little time as it is. I have no idea how we’ll be able to get things done once the baby is here. Though we’re actively trying to pay down debt, I think hiring a cleaning service is worth the money and peace of mind. I’ll have to see if the company you hired operates in central jersey.

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    Laura Funk
    June 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I would love to get the names of your VA, as I really need to hire this work out. It is so difficult to balance working full time, working the blog, parenting 2 little kids and taking care of our home life.

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    May 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly trying to do it all will just leave us burned out and missing out on the best parts of life.
    XO, MJ

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