Your Time vs. Your Money
One of the laziest things I do in any given week is order my groceries to be delivered. It’s stupid and expensive, but I do it anyway because I Hate with a capital H grocery shopping.
Tangent – why is grocery shopping so awful?! Our grocery store parking lot has those one-way slanted aisles in which you can only go down a row in ONE DIRECTION. And yet, every fucking time I go to that store someone is trying to go the wrong way down the aisle. I don’t understand any of it!!
That’s not how this works!
Ahem. Grocery shopping gets my blood pressure up, and I get aggravated, and most of the time it’s just not worth it for me to go to the grocery store.
My husband equally hates going to the grocery store and so it’s one of the things we mutually agree that we will spend a little extra money on each month in order to not give ourselves heart attacks.
Turns out, though. I really hate a lot of things. I hate cleaning my house. I hate doing laundry. I hate pretty much everything but watching Netflix in my underwear.
So, if it was left solely up to me, I’d just spend extra money to have someone do my laundry. And clean my house. You see where I’m going with this?
But… it’s not just my money. And my husband is pretty fucking awesome in that we split chores evenly between us. He’s always up earliest on the weekends and starts the laundry so we can get it done and out of the way. I’m usually pretty good about dusting the house as long as he helps me vacuum and since we’re both super OCD and everything in our house has a place, we don’t usually need to worry too much about clutter.
What I’m trying to get at here is that it’s okay to spend money on outsourcing the things that you truly hate doing.
While it’s true that it will cost you money to outsource, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you do not have to do your most hated chore is so amazingly magical that it’s as if glitter was exploding all around you, covering you in a cheerful barrage of technicolor wonder.
Now… it’s easy to say (like I did above) that you hate grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning and mowing the lawn and, and, and…
So I propose a test. Take your most hated chore and outsource it. See if it brings you peace of mind and a general sense of well-being.
If it does, consider it money well-spent.
If it doesn’t, try it with a different chore.
Though, I do have a feeling that everyone has that one thing they hate to do.
Look, it’s okay if the thought of spending money on outsourcing a task that you’re more than capable of leaves you hyperventilating. In fact, that might show you that while you hate doing the laundry, the idea of spending money for someone else to do it for you is more hate-inducing and you’ll start to enjoy doing laundry. So, maybe this could be a valuable mental exercise for you. Which do you hate more? Spending money? Or laundry?
Just kidding. Laundry sucks. We all know it.