The House Cleaning Shame Game
You’ve probably heard it said before: “I don’t want to be like one of those people who has their house cleaned for them.” At first, this sounds like a noble statement. Homeowners tend to have a lot of pride in their house, and as a result, they want to be able to say that they can keep it clean themselves. Besides, it feels so ridiculous to be incapable of doing so.
But house cleaning isn’t about who’s capable or not. House cleaning requires a massive investment in time, resources, and energy, and sometimes, that’s all coming on top of a grueling day job. Here’s why the “I can clean my house myself” mentality isn’t quite as noble as it sounds.
When you go to work each day, do you consider that your job is the product of someone else outsourcing? When an entrepreneur decides to bring on their first employee, they have outsourced some of their responsibility so that they can dive deeper into their core focuses and strengths. Likewise, when an executive hires an assistant, they are doing it so that they are free to be more productive in other areas.
Would you criticize a CEO for hiring an assistant or an entrepreneur for hiring an employee? In the same way, we would encourage you not to criticize a busy mother, father, or professional from hiring a house cleaner. By deciding to hire a house cleaner, these individuals are simply deciding to prioritize and focus on things that are more important to them.
Trust us, when your to-do list is a mile long, it feels good to be standing in a house that’s been professionally cleaned.
Something’s Gotta Go
Whether you realize it or not, there’s only so much time in the day. Each day, you’re making decisions both consciously and unconsciously. You’re deciding what to accomplish and what not to accomplish. Almost all of us are busy with something. For some of us, it’s a challenge to prioritize house cleaning when there’s so much more on our minds.
Even if we don’t have a problem with prioritizing house cleaning, the decision to focus in on it means that something else falls by the wayside. That may be the desire to learn how to snowboard or it may be helping with your child’s homework.
Regardless of what it is that you want to do, outsourcing your house cleaning can help free you up to have the chance to do it. Don’t get stuck being embarrassed by those who would tell you to keep house cleaning responsibilities in your own hands. Instead, know that you’re making an investment in something else. It’s better to spend time wisely than to just spend time working.