As a working mama who actually wants to spend time with her babies, the best thing we ever did was hire a bi-weekly cleaning team for our home.
There. I said it. There is truly nothing better than outsourcing the cleanliness of our toilets and I want to shout it from the rooftops. I want all my friends to make this a priority, because it’s life-changing.
If you have a cleaning team for your home, then you know what I’m talking about! Can I get an AMEN?!
If you’re still thinking “ohhhh, but I just need to pick a room each day and get it done…” or “I really should be able to keep my house clean” then listen up, friend.
If you work a full time job and your husband isn’t cleaning toilets right alongside you, then you simply must outsource your house cleaning. You will not regret it.
I know you’re coming from a place of hesitation in this decision. I’ve been there. I hired my team when I was pregnant with my daughter. They were coming monthly for awhile, then I cancelled for about 18 months (stay tuned for my “why” for this decision – I think you might relate a bit).
I eventually caved and rehired them back monthly, then caved again and hired them bi-weekly.
That bi-weekly shift was an absolute game changer and today I want to share a few mindset shifts that helped me prioritize this form of outsourcing (and not backtrack like I’d done in the past):
- Instead of cleaning my home, I’ll cuddle on the couch with my babies, or try my hand at a new recipe, or go on a carefree date with my husband. My time is valuable.
- By hiring a team to clean my home twice a month, I am literally creating jobs. Take that, Mr. President!
- No matter the state of my home in the days between, I know that my home will ALWAYS be clean and tidy no less than every 14 days. There is something magical in that assurance. I’m way more forgiving of the day-to-day / lived in home clutter now.
My dad used to make a big deal over “cleaning for the cleaning lady” on the eve of cleaning day, but that has become my favorite thing to do.
Yes, sometimes it’s stressful if we’ve really let ourselves go, but it’s an important anchor to ensure that we always have a point where decluttering actually happens before we go on full-blown hoarder status. It just happens to have the added benefit of ending with mopped up floors and clean toilets. Hallelujah.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, your homework is to write down TEN things you’d do with your time instead of cleaning. Ask yourself this for each item:
Is cleaning my home more important than this activity?
… and if you think it’s your household budget holding you back, make sure to give a No Spend Challenge a shot. I made you a Starter Kit of worksheets to support you!