by Debbie Alford
Let’s face it; there is always something that needs doing around the house whether you have a chance to be at home or not. While you are at work, those dust bunnies have a party under the bed and sprinkle dust around the house. Things that have been dumped in the weekday rush need to be sorted and stored. The lawn has become a jungle. I feel a sigh coming on…..
With being busy all week and hanging out for some down time on that far distant weekend – or even a bit of quiet or fun time together – it’s easy to let this domestic work slip.
Cue the arguments about who is more busy/lazy than the other, who does more/less, and which of you has more time to do things than the other.
If you do manage to work out a suitable roster, there will always be complaints about jobs not being done properly and heated debates about the fairness of chore allocation when some tasks are harder/easier than others. Does mowing the grass really trump the weekly shop and the struggle to get it all packed away properly?
You feel like you can’t win, don’t you? And why do you want to spend your time beating yourself up over the domestic duties, anyway?
Remember when you never wanted to leave each other’s arms? Now you’re lucky to stay there for ten minutes before something demands your attention. The cuddles turn to squabbles or silent hours of angry cleaning.
You could keep debating over who has does what, or how to find the time to squeeze it all in, or you could just call me.
I can organise a gardener or a professional organiser for you in less time than it takes for you to cross your arms and glare at your partner. I can arrange for the carpets to be cleaned and your garments to be repaired. I can supervise the work whilst you’re enjoying your day off, or at work knowing you’re going to return to a far more inviting home.
It will be tidy but more importantly, it will be peaceful. There could even be a chance that you might squeeze in a cuddle, too.
You don’t have to hand the domestic duties over all the time but the expression “divide and conquer” has merit. Do what you can, when you can. It is not such an important part of your lives that it should cost you your relationship or your precious free time. You can afford some help. You can’t afford to waste the things that really matter.
How do people do it? You watch your colleagues and friends carry out their lives in a seamless fashion and see that they have every aspect of their worlds under control.
But after a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is have to cook dinner, make arrangements for that dinner party on the weekend, pay the bills, go shopping – or complete whatever else is piling up on your to-do list. Even your relationship with your partner has been inadvertently put on hold. Even if you had time, you wouldn’t have the energy to give what he or she deserves.
Note to self – your friends and colleagues DO NOT have it all under control and are either a) cutting some corners to get it all done, b) pretending that all is okay when in fact it is not or c) have a personal assistant to help them look so “together”.
A busy work life and social life is all well and good but it means that you as an individual struggle to achieve all that you want to or even need. When you are overworked, the stress can affect all aspects of your life, heightening your emotions and even adversely affecting your relationships with those around you.
Organisation and delegation need not be a nasty word. It is surprisingly easy to hand over certain aspects of your life to a trustworthy and reliable individual leaving you free to do the more important things in life – even for those self-confessed control freaks.
A personal concierge can assist in certain aspects of your life allowing you to meet other more timely deadlines such as those in your work life. Your concierge can do the stuff that is bogging you down and essentially give you permission to take time out for yourself and for those around you.
Now when was the last time you managed to find some real quality time for you and your loved ones?
You can’t do it all and you shouldn’t expect to.
Over the next few posts I will give you some tips to make your busy life run more smoothly and show you why you deserve to have a life and enjoy it!
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