I have a surprising wellness tip for the working moms out there – hire a house cleaner.
That is, if you do not already have one.
I am a late adopter to this notion that working mothers need an extra set of hands. I am a recovering “do-it-all-myself-mom.” But my world changed for the better three weeks ago when I finally called in some help. It will change yours, too.
Why a house cleaner is good for wellness
Think I am crazy? After all, cleaning is good exercise – right? After a year of sitting on the fence about hiring a house cleaner, I finally took the plunge. She comes every Wednesday or Thursday.
I love Wednesdays and Thursdays now.
Here is my conclusion about why hiring a house cleaner is a
good great idea.
A house cleaner will lower your stress
Am I the only working mom who tries to keep my family clothed, bathed and fed – all while keeping my clients happy, the bills paid and my home clean? I didn’t think so.
We juggle a lot when we work outside of the home. Making it to appointments on time and remembering birthdays is a feat in itself. Remembering to vacuum under the couch or dust the ceiling fan has a tendency to get pushed to the bottom of the list. And stress us out.
House cleaners come in, take care of the mess and let you truly let your hair down when you walk in the front door. Less stress equals a happier, healthier mom.
Hiring housecleaning allows you to focus on the health of your family
Do you keep a running list of “need to’s?” You need to schedule the 18-month checkup for the toddler. You need to make your husband a dental appointment. You need to get your eyes checked. You need to have your cholesterol tested again.
A house cleaner can take the “need to clean the house” off your plate so you can actually get around to keeping your family well.
Vacuuming doesn’t burn as many calories as jogging or a boxing class
I know – I once convinced myself that cleaning was good exercise too. But the little bit of “glistening” that might come after I wipe down the front door with Windex doesn’t compare to the calories I could burn running on a treadmill at the gym or taking a boxing class.
Use the time you would have spent cleaning to go get a real workout.
We cannot do it all
Last – I believe wellness and health comes when we find balance in our lives.
Understanding that Wonder Woman was fictional can bring us a healthy perspective. Set realistic expectations of yourself.
How to afford housecleaning
If you carry the burden of housecleaning in addition to everything else you do, consider hiring an extra set of hands if it fits within your budget.
You might need to make sacrifices to make it work – cut cable, eat at home more, buy two skirts instead of three.
But I guarantee if you are like me and trying to save the world with a broom in-hand – you will find hiring a house cleaner to be one of your best ideas yet.