Home is where the heart is. It is also where the children, fur babies, home businesses, and endless piles of military uniforms are.
So it comes as no surprise that military spouses can very easily find themselves consumed with a never-ending commitment to household chores.
“These quarters aren’t going to clean themselves!”
But what about our degree programs, social interests and careers? Today’s military spouse has goals to accomplish and dreams to pursue. These things also require our time and attention. Perhaps this is why more and more military spouses are looking to outsource household chores in order to devote more time to the things that matter the most to them.
Here are 4 household chores you may want to consider outsourcing.
Household Chore to Outsource: House Cleaning
According to the service aggregate, Angie’s List, biweekly house-cleaning services can be acquired for as little as $100 to $150 dollars. Gone are the days of you dragging the vacuum up and down the stairs!
There are websites dedicated to connecting you with local businesses and service providers. Be sure to check reviews and ask for references and recommendations on your local military spouses Facebook group.
Smart Military Spouse’s Tip: Hire a military spouse to be your housekeeper.
Household Chore to Outsource: Lawn Care
Tired of wrestling with the leaf blower or purchasing gas for the lawn mower? Consider budgeting for biweekly (or monthly depending on where you live) lawn service. The average American family spends at least 70 hours per year on yard work. By outsourcing this massive chore you’d have more time to write, practice yoga, take an online college course, mentor a military spouse or date your spouse.
Smart Military Spouse’s Tip: Hire a veteran-owned lawn care service.
Household Chore to Outsource: Pet Grooming
We all know we should bathe and groom our fur babies more. But washing animals isn’t the most pleasant chore to begin with. And there’s always the possibility that we’ll have a sad-irritated-only half dry-revenge seeking-running-maniac skittering through our home at the end.
The solution is to hand this household chore to someone else. Websites like Groupon can help you score a local deal, which often provide the option of purchasing several visits for a great price.
Smart Military Spouse’s Tip: Many veterinarian offices offer grooming services at a reasonable price for their patrons.
Household Chore to Outsource: Organization
A place for everything and everything in its place is a terrific motto to live by. However, it you’re haven’t quite mastered the art of organization your chores will not die. They’ll multiply.
There are 2 ways to outsource the chore of organizing your house. One is to link up with an organizing website or community for tips in order to get your house in order. The other is to hire a person or team to push you into tiptop shape.
Which ever you chose, once you have a system that helps you, the time spent sorting, sifting and cleaning will drop dramatically.
Smart Military Spouse’s Tip: Read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” It will help.
At the end of the day military spouses work to balance our pocketbooks, time and resources. Every so often we must stop to reflect on how we allocate our most precious commodity – time.