Maid service equals good health in many ways. Today we are going to talk about 4 of those reasons. Now we want you to pause for a moment and think about cleaning. Yeah, we know not where you thought were going with this, huh? Just stay with us; we promise this will all make sense. Now that we have your undivided attention. Take a moment to calculate the time you spend cleaning, thinking about cleaning, buying cleaning products, stressing about how bad your house looks, and worrying about how you can get it all done. The better question would probably when are you not thinking about these things. Do you realize that stress kills, right? Hopefully, you haven’t realized this after the fact. Otherwise, this article may just have taken a strange turn.
Anyhow, we digress. Our point was, stress is unhealthy. And Maids on a Mission cares about your health. By hiring us as your cleaning service, you’d also:
- Spend less money
- Have more time
- Become happier
- Improve your quality of life
We know you are probably wondering, “How in the world does a maid service give more time, make people happier, improve their quality of life, let alone help me save money?” Remember us saying stay with us and hang in there? Well, here we go!
Spend less money
Let’s face it time is money. In 2017 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household in America spent between $40 to $50 a month on cleaning supplies. On average, the amount spent on cleaning supplies per household is $600a year ((Economic News Releases : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, February 15). Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/atus.pdf)). In the grand scheme of things that may be small potatoes when comparing that to the average monthly cleaning service cost. But may we remind you of a key element that is excluded from most people’s algorithms? TIME. If you calculated the hours spent cleaning your home, with what you should be getting paid hourly and then added the cleaning cost; we’d think you’d be surprised ((Whillans, A., & Norton, M. (2018). If You Want to Feel Better, Spend Money on Saving Time. WSJ. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/if-you-want-to-feel-better-spend-money-on-saving-time-1505095980)). Now recalculate the 50 hours spent cleaning a month by what you should be paid hourly.
Have more time
Did you just read that? 50 hours a month are spent cleaning!! We won’t mention those outliers that are OCD-neat freaks and spend double that time. That’s an entire week’s paycheck with overtime! (Oh, and as a side note, ladies, you spend more time cleaning than men. Sorry, it’s a fact ((Economic News Releases : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, February 15). Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/atus.pdf)). How does the saying go? “If I could squeeze a few more hours into 24, I would.” Well, maybe we can’t add more hours to a 24 hour day. But, what if we could free up 50 hours a month?
That would be like adding an extra 1.6 hours a day (Nickerson, 2018) ((How Much Money Does an Average Family Spend on Cleaning Products in a Year? (2019, October 10). Retrieved from https://budgeting.thenest.com/much-money-average-family-spend-cleaning-products-year-23539.html)). What could you do with that time? Would you take that extra hour and a half and to the gym? Would that help you get off of some medications, possibly? Is it becoming clearer how maid service equals good health? Having more time to help your kids with homework assignments could reduce the arguments and reduce overall family stress. Heck, having more time to your self could allow for some extra pampering time. Too many Moms and Dads end up feeling guilty because they take time out for themselves.
Many studies have been conducted that conclude that a home’s cleanliness affects mood and self-esteem. Think about it, every time you see a messy kitchen, a dirty bathroom, dust on that mantel, how does it make you feel? Heck, thinking about the 50 hours a month spent cleaning is enough to make anyone moody. Unfortunately, too many Americans choose to ignore their own well-being. Not that we are trying to rub salt on a wound. However, let’s calculate the 50 hours at a rate of $7.25 per hour, which is $362.5 per month and $4350 per year. (Nickerson, 2018) ((Reynolds, M., & Salkovskis, P. M. (1991). The relationship among guilt, dysphoria, anxiety and obsessions in a normal population—an attempted replication. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 29(3), 259-265. )).
That is way more than most spend on regular house cleaning services. Uggghhhh.. why are we torturing you with statistics and numbers? Is your anxiety rising? We promise we aren’t doing it on purpose. We just want you to see that maid service equals good health. We also want you to show you that it is possible to afford housekeeping services. Sometimes it takes more our emotional well-being to be affected. We often need a secondary cause that affects our happiness such as our financial well being before we decide to stop feeling guilty for things that are good for us (Reynolds & Stalkovskis, 1991) ((Reynolds, M., & Salkovskis, P. M. (1991). The relationship among guilt, dysphoria, anxiety and obsessions in a normal population—an attempted replication. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 29(3), 259-265.)).
Improve your quality of life
It’s unfathomable to think of maid or house cleaning services as quality of life enhancers. However, think of it this way. Maid service equals good health because it takes away unnecessary stress! Based on everything we’ve told you, we bet that you still have reservations. Better yet, most are probably feeling a little bit of guilt (Peterson, 2016)((Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety | HealthyPlace. (2019, October 10). Retrieved from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2016/07/guilt-a-distressing-effect-of-anxiety)).
You know, the same guilt that makes you think, “Only swanky people with swanky jobs and swanky pay get and can afford housekeeping services.” We know that maid service is often looked upon as “snooty-booty” services for the elite. It’s the same guilt that makes you doubt the need to “buy time.” Who does that? Well, we are here to tell you that happy people learn to buy time. Reconfiguring your thinking to include that “time” is not guaranteed, and therefore, one should not “spend time” on things that bring no satisfaction (Peterson, 2016)((Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety | HealthyPlace. (2019, October 10). Retrieved from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2016/07/guilt-a-distressing-effect-of-anxiety)).
Housekeeping service equals good health
We know you are probably thinking, “But, I like cleaning, and it brings me satisfaction!” Do you really? And are you really satisfied? We like to believe that the reason you may “think” you like cleaning and are satisfied is that you are really trying to avoid stress. Therefore it isn’t like; it’s actually a “like” because otherwise, you wouldn’t continue to fret about how there is dust, mold, and mildew in places. And feeling guilty because you haven’t had the time to get to it. Remember, stress leads to cortisol levels being raised and ultimately creates anxiety. Check out our article on how an unclean home creates anxiety. Ultimately, guilt is a bi-product of Anxiety.
It’s been anxiety all along
Wait! So, are we telling you that the guilt you feel is really anxiety (Reynolds & Stalkovskis, 1991) ((Reynolds, M., & Salkovskis, P. M. (1991). The relationship among guilt, dysphoria, anxiety, and obsessions in a normal population—an attempted replication. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 29(3), 259-265.))? And all along you’ve been stressed because you didn’t want to hire a cleaning company? Yep, that’s EXACTLY what we are saying! See what we did here? We promise we’ve done our research. Anxiety kills, and more Americans suffer from silent anxiety than they realize. Statistics already prove that a clean home reduces anxiety, which leads to a healthier lifestyle. Let us prove to you that Maids on a Mission can give you back: time, money, happiness, and, most importantly, improve your quality of life.