21 ways to hire help around the house
You know how wonderful you feel on special occasions like Mother's Day or your birthday, when everyone treats you like a queen for a day. Family members help out around the house and you get to spend time with loved ones — or all by yourself. Imagine if you could carry that feeling throughout the rest of the year, or better yet, clone yourself!
Hiring occasional help around the house is much easier than cloning or pleading with the family to help. Endless to-do list of chores? Done. Crazy, chaotic mornings? Handled.
Here are 21 ways you can use an extra set of hands to make your life easier.
1. Homework help
Do you spend hours badgering kids to do their homework every afternoon? Or do they need lots of assistance getting through their hardest subjects? From a homework helper or tutor to an after-school babysitter, get someone who can do that for you.
Need a ride to the airport? Kids need a ride to after-school activities? Someone in your neighborhood can help.
3. Afternoon babysitting
When was the last time you went shopping without the kids? Wasn't it wonderfully stress-free? Hire a sitter for an hour or two and enjoy some alone time.
4. Meal planning and prep
Rid yourself of the stress of dinner planning. Someone else can plan and/or prepare easy, healthy meals for your family.
5. Before-school help
Getting everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door on time is difficult. Find someone who can come to your house in the morning to help with the chaos and hustle everyone along.
6. Date night babysitting
7. House cleaning
Keep your home looking neat, clean and fresh, without spending hours scrubbing the floors.
8. Grocery shopping
Need to fill the fridge while you're at work or spending time with the family? Have someone else do the shopping this week.
9. Pantry organization
Finally, for once and for all, all those expired goods will be sorted and thrown away and everything in your pantry will have a place, label and use .
Buried under mounds of dirty clothes? Get help sorting, washing, folding and putting that mess away.
11. Closet organization
Can't shut the doors on your closet anymore? Petrified of those complicated closet systems? Hire an assistant to organize your wardrobe and store seasonal items.
12. Storage organization
Everyone has a spot in their home where they store all of the things they may need "one day." Is it your basement, garage, attic or a storage unit? Do you really need everything there? Hire someone to help go through the odds and ends, organize it and get rid of all the excess.
13. Garage sale assistance
Now that you've decluttered those areas, get rid of some of the things you found by planning a yard or garage sale. Hire someone to help set up and sell your unused items.
14. Dog walking
Let Fido release some of that energy midday with a long walk.
Are weeds overtaking your garden? Hire someone to clean it up or simply water your plants.
16. Lawn mowing
That grass grows fast! Hire someone to trim your lawn every week while you manage bigger yard projects.
17. House sitting
Security systems can only catch so much. Have someone check on your house while you're out, pick up your mail, water your flowers, etc.
18. Beach and pool safety
Kids tend to wander off at the beach or public pool. Hire an extra set of eyes to keep everyone safe around water. Look for someone with lifeguard training.
19. Holiday card help
Are you the type of person who starts writing out holidays cards in August? Yeah, neither are we. Check one thing off your holiday to-do list with an assistant to address and send cards.
20. Music library organization
Ever think of hiring someone to organize your tunes into manageable playlists and get rid of old music that takes up space on your device?
21. Party planning
This person can be a life-saver when it comes to your 4-year-old's birthday party. From writing out invitations to assembling goodie bags, you need help making sure no detail slips through the cracks.