Are you getting someone to do your dirty work for you? I certainly hope so.

Hiring someone else to deal with your time-consuming chores is a great solution for the overworked, unappreciated, stressed out and everyday kind of person. However, some consider this “passing the buck” behaviour, laziness. Personally, I think outsourcing is a lifesaver to many and I have seen the amazing results firsthand.

Everyone could use a little help now and again, especially on the following tasks, don’t you agree?


>> Dirty Laundry: If you hate doing laundry — and I know you do — think about what you would do with your free time if it was done for you. This can be a reality — just call a laundry service. They can pick up and deliver your laundry in one day without shrinking or bleaching the wrong item.

>> Groceries: It’s a real headache when you run out of basic groceries, such as eggs or milk, and are forced to go shopping. A great solution is to spend 15 minutes or less once a week and order your fresh groceries online. Next day delivery available!

>> Moving/Relocating: Don’t live out of boxes. Make your move easy and hire a moving consultant to de-clutter, pack, unpack and settle you in.

>> Gardening/Snow Plowing: When your back is aching and yard work is no longer enjoyable, stop suffering and call in a gardener — followed by a certified masseuse to work out the kinks in your back.

>> Cleaning: It’s a pleasure to come home to a clean, fresh home. It gives you a sense of calm after a long day. Make that a priority and call a reputable cleaning service for a good cleaning once or twice a week. Your maintenance will be easy. Relax when you come home.

>> Cluttered Space: If you can’t find anything and you are feeling bad about the clutter, call in the experts. Imagine: No more procrastinating about the overwhelming unusable space. You simply pick up the phone, call in a professional organizing company and let it take over.

In hours, not years, you will have a functional and organized space.

For those people who don’t — and won’t — outsource because they are concerned about the expense, consider the time and energy you will be gaining. Then balance the cost of replacing something you can’t find, going out for dinner because you ran out of groceries, buying a new outfit because yours needed laundering and the list goes on.

Enjoy your newfound time. Looking forward to receiving your organizing comments and questions at

Brenda Borenstein is your professional organizing guru. Look for her column every second Thursday. For more, visit www.organizedzone.comor call 416-665-2165. “There is nothing I haven’t seen and nothing that can’t be overcome.”

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