We’re Happier if We Pay Someone Else to Do Our Chores
Nicole Dieker

I feel mixed about this- my parents decided several years ago to outsource their lawn care. Our lawn was always yellow and patchy growing up, no matter how many Saturdays our family devoted to pulling weeds, planting seed, and mowing. After a few months, the yard looked better and my dad stressed less. My parents work together to run their own business and definitely fall into the time-poor, money-middle class. They still describe lawn care as one of the best financial decisions they’ve ever made.

When I moved to New York, I struggled with the decision between having my laundry done or taking it to a laundromat. I decided to pay to have it done. I pay around $18 every three weeks to have my laundry done. I drop it off across the street on my way to work and pick it up (folded!) that same evening. It is a LIFESAVER. I have always hated doing laundry and trying to find two or three hours to devote to laundry on the weekends is the opposite of a good time. Not to mention paying for softener, detergent, and dryer sheets. It’s worth paying double or triple for it to be out of sight, out of mind.

I understand both of these examples are from a point of privilege, but in my life it’s been prioritization. I cut in other areas to make space for my laundry expense (and I probably do my laundry less often than I should…).