Is A Housecleaning Service Worth It?
Saving On A Housecleaning Service
Between work, kids, and your personal life, it’s easy to let the cleaning slip in your home.
There is, of course, a hundred more important things to do.
But eventually we all need a clean home.
Not just for sanitary reasons, but to maintain our actual sanity.
A few weeks ago we showed you 3 Ways to Save on a Housecleaning Service in the Westcoast Families blog.
It showed you that hiring housecleaning help isn’t just for the rich and famous.
In case you missed it, here are the 3 tips we highlighted:
- Reduce the scope
- Share the load
- Reduce the frequency
Click here to read: 3 Simple Tips To Get The House Cleaning Help You Need
1) Reduce the Scope
By reducing the scope you shorten the service time, you can lessening the price of your cleaning while still feeling like you got your money’s worth.
Our suggestion, just have your bathrooms and kitchens cleaned. They’re the hardest areas of your home to clean and just getting those done will be a big weight lifted off your shoulders.
2) Share the Load
Reducing the scope also allows you to show your kids the value of maintaining a home.
Depending on their age you can have them dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping of counters.
3) Reduce the Frequency
Your situation will dictate what you can get away with, but not everyone needs a frequent weekly service.
Even having some help just once a month can be a huge help, with you just having to do a little maintenance to keep your home respecatble.
Is housecleaning for you?
But the big question you may still be wondering is: “Is it really worth it for me to hire a housecleaning service?”
The truth is, it really depends.
If you have just enough money to get by every month, we definitely would not recommend getting a housecleaning service.
Food, housing, and other essentials are obviously more important.
But if you and your family go out to eat twice or more a week or you go on multiple vacations a year, housecleaning is definitely something you should consider.
Maybe Money CAN Buy You Happiness
In fact, according to a recent study spearheaded by UBC and the Harvard Business School, after surveying more than 6000 adults in Europe, Canada, and the US; scientists found that people were happier after spending money on a time-saving service than they were when they spent money on material things.
In essence, it’s suggesting that using money to buy free time is linked to greater life satisfaction.
Says Ashley Whillans, assistant professor at Harvard Business School and the study’s lead author:
“People who hire a housecleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they’re being lazy. But our results suggest that buying time has similar benefits for happiness as having more money.”
Or in other words, spending your money on services like housecleaning or lawn mowing will actually make you feel happier, like as though you’ve improved your life, more than going out to eat one or two more times a month would.
Is There A Guilt Factor?
What also became apparent in the study?
That people who did have the discretionary income to afford time-saving services still did not take advantage of them.
The reason is still not clear but according to Elizabeth Dunn, UBC psychology professor:
“People may feel like I can do this so I should do this, and so I hope our research helps to break through that perhaps misguided cultural assumption.”
Personally, I think with people’s lives becoming busier than ever, it’s inevitable that time-saving services like housecleaning, food delivery, and grocery shopping become more and more mainstream.
It’s just a smart, strategic move to outsource some of the simple yet time-consuming tasks in order to buy yourself more time for the important things in your life.
Just like how getting into a stranger’s car is now normalized with Uber or how people’s view of online dating has shifted, I think there is a future where we have other people take care of services in and around our homes.
And now that we’re gathering evidence that these time-saving services actually make us happier, it’s just a no-brainer.
Some people will adopt early and take advantage before the mainstream catches on, but the future of time-saving services is coming.
If you want to see for yourself how a housecleaning service can change your life, feel free to get in touch.
You can contact us at 1-877-551-9876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and say you’re looking for a quote OR you can fill out a short form on our homepage.
You can decide from there if it’s right for you.
With all the things going on in your life, the relief you’ll get from the extra help will feel much more valuable.
We look forward to hearing from you.