A main thrust of this blog is about admitting limitations and setting realistic goals. And I absolutely stand by that. Now, if only my frugal side would stop howling at every turn.
My grandfather’s coming to town, which spurred me to finally get some minor stuff done around the house. Like finishing painting around outlets… which should have been done about 18 months ago. Sigh.
Or our weed-ridden front and back yards. I’ve tried to take care of them in the past. Even incomplete efforts in the front yard lead to exhaustion, soreness and nasty, nasty burns.
I don’t particularly want to buy a mower to deal with weeds, especially since we are hoping to just lay down lava rock within a year.
I’ve thought about just hiring someone, but the cost makes me wince. (Even the vouchers, though a good deal, hurt a little.)
Instead, my inner miser is yelping to just deal with the yard myself. Arguably, I’m capable. Assuming I don’t want to go anywhere or do anything for two or three days afterwards. Five or six if I hope to do an even remotely thorough job.
Similarly, the house is dirty. Not disgusting, but not all that pleasant either.
It’s hard to keep a place clean when you have a) limited energy and b) two people home all day every day creating messes. Oh, and c) a preference to chill out and watch TV rather than clean.
Between the move, the pregnancy and then the first miscarriage, we never really got down and just scrubbed everything for a good baseline. Instead, we’ve been trying half-assedly to keep up with the worst of it.
And that’s been so successful that the tub in the main bathroom has actual dust on it. Even the shower stall that we actually use needs a layer of Scrubbing Bubbles.
But there’s always other things to deal with. Silly things like getting groceries and managing money. It just never seems feasible to do a one-time thorough cleaning.
Which is why we should just hire a maid service to do a one-time full cleaning. Although a full cleaning would be something around $300. So maybe just a voucher for a couple hours of cleaning.
Even then, my frugal penny pincher hates the idea of paying someone to do what I (theoretically) can. Despite the fact that I’ve proven over and over that I can’t.
Clearly, sez my inner cheap bastard, I should suck it up and do it. Even if it means ruining my energy and efficacy at other things. For that is my frugal-do. My frugal way. (Sorry, folks, too much Naruto.)
Point being, I’m going to have to just swallow my pride (and budget) and just pay for it. In the end, it’s not really “wasting” money if it saves you time, guilt and sanity.
What are chores are you willing to pay for? What ones do you wish you were willing to pay for?