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21 ways to hire help around the house

Dayna Scandone
July 18, 2017

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. 

2. Driving

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

Bring the romance back into your relationship with an evening out (without the kids!). Hire a sitter, pick one of these budget-friendly date night ideas and start making plans.

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 . 

10. Laundry

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.

15. Gardening

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.

Read next: Housekeeping duties: What you can expect from your housekeeper


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User in Pomona, CA
Sept. 22, 2016

Hi Dayna, 

Thank you so much!  I am definitely going to hire someone to help out with my Thanksgiving party this year. I was so overwhelmed last year with cooking and cleaning before my guests arrived and then the clean up after I really didn't have much time to enjoy their company. 

This year is going to be different!  We've already started getting the house ready and my menu is planned.  I've hired someone to do the shopping and I am going to start cooking earlier.  As for the cleanup, that's usually not as bad and I am really looking forward to being able to enjoy my guests this year.  

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