What are some things you hate doing? Laundry, dishes, dusting…the list goes on. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by having to do everything yourself, consider outsourcing some of these tasks. You’ll be able to free up your time for more pleasant pursuits and will have the bonus of coming home to a neat house that is clean and organized.

Outsource anything that sounds good to you, or hire someone to do all of your chores for you!

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1. Cleaning Services

If vacuuming, mopping, and dusting takes up the bulk of your weekend, call a cleaning service. They can come in once or twice a week to make sure everything stays tidy. You can find cleaning services through friends/word of mouth, or you can search for local companies with reviews on the web.

2. Lawn Maintenance

If you’re away during the day and don’t have time to do yard work, hire a professional landscaper to come take care of your lawn. They’ll mow your grass, trim your bushes and fertilize your garden. It will look beautiful without you even lifting a finger!

3. Home Security

If constant worries about break-ins are distracting you from enjoying your life, don’t wait until it’s too late to hire a home security specialist. They can install an alarm system complete with motion detectors, cameras, and keyless locks that will keep you safe while you’re away at work or hanging out with friends.

4. Grocery Shopping/Errands

Doing all the grocery shopping yourself takes time that could be better spent on other activities. Save some time by hiring a personal shopper or a neighborhood kid to do small errands for you. Pay them a small fee to pick up your dry cleaning, buy your birthday presents, or get flowers for your significant other.

5. Personal Assistant

Every single adult has busy workdays filled with appointments, deadlines, and responsibilities. If you need someone to stay on top of all of these things while you focus on your career goals, hire a personal assistant. They will keep your schedule up to date, make reservations for you when needed and help prioritize tasks so that nothing slips through the cracks.

6. Childcare Services

When was the last time you went out just because? Even if it was just for an hour or two, it could be hard to find time to go out with friends or enjoy a quiet dinner alone without worrying about where the kids are. Hire a babysitter who can come over and entertain your kids for a few hours so that you can get out and breathe some fresh air.

7. Handyman Services

Every home needs repairs from time to time, whether it’s the plumbing or the floors. If you’re not good with tools, call in an expert to do these projects for you. You can hire someone who can do general maintenance around the house (e.g., fixing broken blinds beams) or specialize in one area (e.g., tile, electrical). Just make sure to ask for references before hiring anyone!

8. Laundry and Dry Cleaning

One laundry load a week is more than enough for most people. Don’t waste your time washing and folding laundry — hire someone to do it for you! You can get laundry pickup and delivery (depending on your location) for a small fee. Dry cleaning is another easy service to hire for, and it will give you more time to focus on other things.

9. Pet Care

If you love your pet but don’t have time to walk or feed them, hire someone else to do it. Most large cities have professional pet care services that can come in and take care of pets when their owners are at work or out of town. It’s worth the money to know that your furry friend is taken good care of! Just be sure to check references before hiring anyone.

10. Personal Chef

If cooking is not your forte, don’t bother learning or struggling with recipes; hire a personal chef instead. Someone who cooks delicious meals on a daily basis will have the recipes and skills to whip up something for you that’s even better than take-out food. You can also get their help grocery shopping so that you always have ingredients on hand for your chef’s creations.

There are many household tasks that can be outsourced to professionals who will do a better job and save you time. Whether it’s hiring a babysitter, personal assistant, landscaper, or pet care specialist, there are plenty of services available to help lighten your load. So take a deep breath, relax and enjoy your free time knowing that someone else is taking care of things for you!

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