So here’s the truth: I’m a pretty independent person. I like to do things myself and at times, in a certain way ;) but there are a few things that I’m not always up for. My dad was a perfect example of this growing up. He was really handy and had a green thumb for landscaping, but he was a man of leisure. He loved spending time with his friends and family, and enjoying/appreciating a beautiful yard rather than getting dirty in it. So for most of my life, my parents hired landscapers, electricians, plumbers, etc. Could he have done it? Totally. Did he want to spend his time doing other, more fulfilling things? Yep.
That’s exactly how I feel.
I could deep clean my entire home – OR, I could go have brunch with my friends and have a leisurely Sunday.
I could go to the grocery store and lug heavy bags from my car up to the top floor – OR, I could cuddle my puppy and watch a documentary.
I could put something together from Ikea and get gray hairs and end up in a foul mood because Ikea is ridiculous – OR, I could call on someone who actually likes to assemble things and instead work on a personal project that brings me joy.
See where I’m going with this? ;)
There are a lot of things we could do, but do we really want to?
As adults, we’re already given a lot of responsibilities we can’t exactly avoid. Paying our rent and our bills, going to the doctor for regular checkups, paying taxes, etc. So when we’re able to delegate some not so glamorous things – I say hell. yes. In the spirit of always trying to be conscious with my finances, I incorporate my three favorite ways to outsource into my monthly budget. The bonus is that if for some reason I don’t use them that month, that money rolls over. Win/win :)
HERE ARE MY 3 FAVORITE THINGS TO OUTSOURCE:
Handy is my favorite app to use when it comes to having my home cleaned. I went for years trying to pretend like cleaning made me happy – but who am I kidding? It doesn’t. Having a clean home makes me happy. I love to organize and declutter (shocker, I know), but cleaning is a whole other ball game. Vacuuming up dust bunnies and cleaning the grout in the shower is really not how I’d prefer to spend my weekends, so Handy is perfect. You simply schedule a cleaning person to come on the day you want, at the time you want, and your credit card is already on file. It really is that simple. If there’s someone you want to request, you can do that, too.
Instacart / Thrive Market / Hello Fresh
I’m not always in the mood to run my errands, so this app is amazing. Instacart has expanded where they service, so I can get anything from my groceries (Whole Foods / Mariano’s), to items from Home Depot, Costco, or even PetsMart for Jasper. Thrive Market is one of my favorite places for super healthy, affordable pantry staples like oatmeal, protein bars and vitamins. There’s a small delivery fee, but well worth it on days where I’m too busy or the weather is pouring down rain.
With Hello Fresh, they deliver pre-assembled meals with the right amount of ingredients for however many you’re feeding. I love this for a few reasons:
- You don’t waste food
- You can shop less (and in turn lower your carbon foot print)
- You learn to cook
I’ve only used TaskRabbit a couple of times, but so far it’s been amazing. I hired movers to help me unload my U-Pak when I first got to my loft in Chicago, and I’ve had someone help me assemble something. It’s really affordable, and the app is incredibly easy to use. Keep in mind you can use them for just about anything – picking up a Craigslist purchase, dropping something off to the post office, etc.1