Over the past year I’ve written about doing smart things with money – investing for the long term, saving for retirement and paying down debt.
Last week I wrote about different people have different values.
Sometimes those values may conflict with doing smart things with your money and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Lately (especially the last few months) I’ve noticed that my values have changed; I’ve started to value my free time a lot more than I used to. Perhaps it’s a sign of getting old!
When I was a student I had a ton of free time in between classes to do whatever I wanted (but with no income to do those things). Now the opposite is true – I’ve got a decent income but no free time.
I’ve always been confused by people who work so hard for their money but yet they don’t have time to enjoy it. Rather than live to work, I prefer to work to live. To me there is no point in making money if you don’t have the time to enjoy your hobbies in your spare time.
Hiring a House Cleaner
With that in mind we have taken the plunge into “lifestyle inflation” – and have decided to hire a house cleaner.
Unlike most costs I am actually looking forward to it because it will free up a lot of my time on weekends. Rather than spending 2-3 hours each weekend cleaning the house I’ll be able to use that time elsewhere doing things I like.
I don’t mind cleaning the house but there are other things I’d much rather do. I consider it a “nice to have” on the monthly budget that could easily get cut if needed.
House Cleaners Not Uncommon
I talked to a few peers about my situation and asked if they use a house cleaner. I expected most of them to say they don’t because it’s just an extra cost that isn’t necessary.
I was surprised when I found the opposite – almost everyone said they use one. The costs vary with each person as the frequency and size of homes are different but almost everyone said they loved having more time to be able to do whatever it is they like.
Plans for my Spare Time
Being able to allocate the time previously spent cleaning the house is a luxury and it’s something I won’t take for granted.
I plan on pursuing a few hobbies like photography, skiing (in the winter) and long distance running.
Whatever I do with my time I’m just looking forward to being able to have more time to do things I enjoy doing.
Conclusion – hiring a house cleaner is a luxury that will allow me to pursue my hobbies outside of work. Rather than spending hours of my free time each week cleaning I’m willing to pay a small amount in order to free up more of my time.
Do you use a house cleaner? If not would you consider getting one?