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21 Ways to Hire Help Around the House

Dayna Scandone
July 18, 2017

We could all use an extra set of hands. Here are things you can take off your plate.



Remember how wonderful you feel on special days like Mother's Day or your birthday? For that day you're treated like a queen. Family members help out around the house and you get to spend time with loved ones -- or with yourself.

Imagine if you could carry that feeling throughout the rest of the year. Or better yet, clone yourself!

Hiring an extra set of hands to occasionally help out is easier than cloning or pleading with family to help. Endless chore to-do list? Done. Crazy, chaotic mornings? Organized.

Here are 21 ways you can use extra hands to make your life easier. Ask your regular housekeeper to help out with this list, see if your nanny or date night babysitter can pitch in or hire someone new.

And in the comment section below, tell us about the things you need help with. What would you love to check off your list or how could your hectic day be better?

  1. House Cleaning
    Keep your home looking neat, clean and fresh, without spending hours scrubbing the floors.

  2. Laundry
    Buried under mounds of dirty clothes? Ask your extra set of hands to sort, wash and fold that mess away.

  3. Pantry Organizing
    Finally, everything in your pantry will have a place, label and use.

  4. Personal Grocery Shopping
    Need to fill that pantry? Have someone else do the shopping this week.

  5. Dog Walking
    Let Fido release some of that energy mid-day with a long walk.

  6. Date Night Babysitting
    Bring the romance back into your life with an evening out (without the kids!). Pick one of these 101 Cheap Date Ideas and start making plans.

  7. Homework Helping
    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 tutor to an after-school babysitter, get someone who can do that for you. Learn more about How to Find Homework Help.

  8. Meal Planning and Prep
    Rid yourself of the stress of dinner planning. Someone else can plan and/or prepare healthy easy meals for you.

  9. Garden Tending
    Are weeds overtaking your garden? Hire someone to clean it up or simply water your plants.

  10. Closet Organizing
    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.

  11. Driving
    Need a ride to the airport? Kids need a ride to after-school activities? Someone in your neighborhood can help.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Before-School Helping
    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Holiday Card Help
    Are you the type of person who starts writing out holidays cards in August? Yes, neither are we. Check one thing off your holiday to-do list with an assistant to address and send cards.

  17. Storage Organizing
    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, 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.

  18. Garage Sale Assisting
    Now that you've organized 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.

  19. Lawn Mowing
    That grass grows fast! Hire someone to trim your lawn every week, while you manage bigger yard projects.

  20. Music Library Organizing
    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 four-year-old's birthday party. From writing out invitations to assembling goodie bags, you need help making sure no detail slips through the cracks.


And how do you post for a job like this on your website?

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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